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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.