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Avella attacks Padavan on special session absence

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 11, State Senate on June 30, 2010 | No Comments

State Senate candidate and former Councilman Tony Avella criticized his opponent, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) for not showing up to a special session of the Senate Sunday.

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I warned mayor about Haggerty: Ragusa

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Mayor on June 28, 2010 | No Comments

Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa said he tried to dissuade Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign last year from dealing with GOP operative and Forest Hills resident John Haggerty Jr., who was indicted earlier this month on allegations he stole $1.1 million of the mayor’s money and lied to Bloomberg that the money would go to poll watching and ballot security operations.

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Messer backs social programs in Stavisky seat race

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in District 16, State Senate on June 28, 2010 | No Comments

John Messer wants to reframe the conversation in Albany from tax-and-slash to something more forward-looking. A candidate in the Democratic primary for state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Whitestone) seat, Messer said he decided to run for the office when he read a quote by the longtime legislator that he believes encapsulates what is wrong in Albany.

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Astoria attorney pushes reform in run for Gianaris’ seat

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, District 36 on June 28, 2010 | No Comments

Astoria’s John Ciafone said he would go to Albany as a reformer with an emphasis on improving education, health care and transportation in his district if elected as the replacement for state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall.

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Meeks adds 2007-08 loans to financial disclosure form

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 6, U.S. House on June 28, 2010 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) submitted changes June 18 to his annual financial disclosure statements he is required to file with the clerk of the House of Representatives that showed he borrowed $55,000 in personal loans in 2007 and 2008.

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Halloran in ticket agent altercation

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 19 on June 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is calling on the city Police Department to dismiss all summonses written by a Queens traffic agent whom the councilman alleges was driving recklessly and running stop signs in Whitestone last week.