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Councilman-elect Halloran lays out agenda for district

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 19 on November 25, 2009 | No Comments

Dan Halloran said he is vowing to get more money for his district after having been elected Nov. 3 to replace City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) as the representative for northeast Queens. Halloran, a Republican attorney from Auburndale, told the TimesLedger Newspapers staff during an interview this week that he would follow in Avella’s footsteps [...]

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David Weprin eyes brother’s seat

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Council, District 23, District 24 on November 25, 2009 | No Comments

Outgoing City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) has decided to run for his brother’s soon-to-be-vacant state Assembly seat as one possible contender, Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich, is mulling his options. Assemblyman Mark Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) seat will open once he is installed in the City Council Jan. 1, taking his brother’s seat. Gov. David [...]

Boro backs bill to control store stampedes

Posted by Anna Gustafson in City Council, District 24, District 27 on November 25, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilmen James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) will soon appeal to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration to push forward a bill to prevent a repeat of last year’s death of a Jamaica man who was working at a Long Island Wal-Mart when he was trampled to death by bargain hunters [...]

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Councilman-elect Koo gives out 135 turkeys to needy

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Council, District 19 on November 25, 2009 | No Comments

Thanksgiving will be a more filling and less expensive occasion for 135 Flushing families this year, thanks to the efforts of City Councilman-elect Peter Koo, a local grocery chain and two community groups. Koo and the Flushing Chinese Business Association, of which he is president, put together a turkey drive for the area’s needy, purchasing [...]

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Taconic crash prompts state to pass DWI laws

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 14, State Senate on November 25, 2009 | 1 Comment

Inspired in part by the wrong-way crash on the Taconic Parkway that killed three young Floral Park, L.I., sisters, the state Legislature passed what it called the strictest DWI laws in the country that would stiffen penalties for drunk drivers when there is a child in the vehicle. Anyone charged with driving while intoxicated who [...]

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Vallone wants softer rules on parking

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 22 on November 25, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he will continue to push for laws that protect city residents from overzealous traffic agents after the Council passed one bill he sponsored that would give a grace period for alternate side street parking. Vallone said he co-sponsored two bills after hearing stories of traffic agents in Astoria [...]