State electeds call for Monserrate to step down

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in District 13, State Senate on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

The voices calling for state Sen. Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) to step down after his misdemeanor conviction for assaulting his girlfriend got a little louder this week as the Queens Democratic Party unanimously approved a resolution to that effect Monday. “We can’t force him to resign,” said Michael Reich, executive secretary for the Queens Dems. [...]

Hearing reveals Seminerio connection to LIRR

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Assembly, District 38 on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

The web of corruption former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio wove ensnared the Long Island Rail Road and an official at Plaza College in Jackson Heights, among others, prosecutors said at a pre-sentencing hearing for the Richmond Hill politician last week. He pleaded guilty in June to taking money from Jamaica Hospital administrators in exchange for [...]

Bloomberg’s third term gets nod from Gennaro

Posted by Anna Gustafson in City Council, District 24, Mayor on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) crossed party lines last week to support Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s third bid against Democratic city Comptroller Bill Thompson for the city’s highest office, citing his support for the independent candidate’s environmental efforts. “As the Council’s Environmental [Committee] chairman, I want to continue working with my partners Mike Bloomberg to [...]

Thompson criticizes Bloomy campaign expenses

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Mayor on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for spending about $85 million of his own money on his re-election campaign at a rally the Southeast Queens Clergy for Political Awareness held in St. Albans Saturday. “When he ran eight years ago, they asked why he spent $75 million on his campaign, and he [...]

City review of Astoria rezone planned for December: Vallone

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 22 on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said a city review of a plan to rezone Astoria for the first time in 48 years could be underway by mid-December and changes to the plan could result in zoning that would prevent larger buildings from being constructed in sections of the community. Vallone said he has worked [...]

Halloran, Kim answer questions on the issues

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 19 on October 28, 2009 | 1 Comment

City Council contenders Kevin Kim and Dan Halloran answered tough questions about issues in the race to replace Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at an East Bayside Homeowners Association candidates forum last week. Kim, a Democrat from Bayside, and Halloran, a Republican attorney from Whitestone, discussed taxes, overdevelopment and a recent article in the Queens Tribune [...]