The U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics has launched a “preliminary review” into eight members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), according to The Hill.
A state government shutdown was averted after the state Legislature approved an emergency spending bill late Monday with the help of three Republican state senators. The legislation provides $16.4 billion in funding to help state services and agencies run until June 20, including $2.096 billion for state employees including troopers, guardsmen, corrections officers, nurses and [...]
High-profile Queens Republican campaign operative John Haggerty Jr. was indicted Monday by a Manhattan grand jury for allegedly stealing $1.1 million funneled to him through Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year, the Manhattan district attorney said. Haggerty, of 115 Greenway Ave. North in Forest Hills, faces up to 44 years in prison if convicted on charges [...]
Corona and Elmhurst-based immigration reform advocates, including City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Elmhurst) and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), were arrested last week during a civil disobedience protest outside the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service building in Manhattan. Outraged by the ongoing controversy surrounding the state of Arizona’s immigration law, the protesters were among several reform [...]
And you thought Elizabeth Taylor was fickle? The Queens GOP is changing its endorsements for governor like Taylor changes husbands. The party made its fourth endorsement for governor shortly after the end of last week’s state Republican convention, deciding to back former Long Island Congressman Rick Lazio, whom they originally endorsed before they dumped him [...]
Astoria’s Aravella Simotas said she would focus on expanding health care options and improving education in western Queens if she is chosen to replace state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall. Simotas, 31, a Manhattan litigator and Community Board 1 member, is one of two Democrats running in the race for Gianaris’ seat. She will [...]