Race for Avella seat turns heated

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

The race to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) turned nasty in its final week before Election Day as accusations of racism and campaign sign tampering flew from the two candidate’s campaigns. The campaign has taken its twists and turns ever since Bayside Democrat Kevin Kim, the former deputy director of community affairs for U.S. [...]

Weiner, Crowley want reform in issuing SSA senior benefits

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in City Council, Congress, District 30 on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

Social Security recipients in Queens, like the rest of the United States, will not see an increase in their monthly payments to compensate for the increased cost of living for the first time in more than 30 years, which is not sitting well with the borough’s elected officials. Cost-of-living adjustments are tied to the Consumer [...]

Crowley hopes for success in fourth Council run

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in City Council, District 30 on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

In a short period of time, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) went from a relative political novice to a seasoned veteran of municipal races. Crowley, 31, first ran for the office in 2001, losing to Dennis Gallagher. But when Gallagher resigned from the Council in 2008 after pleading guilty in connection to a sexual [...]

Ognibene wants to preserve west Queens voting bloc

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in City Council, District 30 on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

Tom Ognibene is afraid the future of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood will not include Republicans. The 66-year-old former city councilman is running against incumbent Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) in the hopes of preventing a redistricting two years from now that could eliminate the relatively conservative population in the neighborhoods as a voting [...]

Ulrich, Gulluscio cite transportation as biggest campaign issue

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Council, District 32 on October 28, 2009 | No Comments

One of the tighter City Council races is wrapping up in District 32, where incumbent Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway Beach) is working to protect his seat from Democratic challenger Frank Gulluscio. One of only three Republicans in the 51-member Council, Ulrich is also the youngest member at 24. Transportation is the issue Ulrich considers most [...]

Gianaris says Astoria power plant unlawful

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 [...]