The bill required a supermajority and only 12 Republicans voted for the act, which proposed giving as much as $7.4 billion to people who were exposed to Ground Zero toxins, including first responders, firefighters, rescue workers, police officers, EMTs, cleanup workers, area residents and schoolchildren. This angered many Democrats, most notably Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), who blew up at House Republicans during his remarks on the House floor.
AEC, formerly known as Aqueduct Entertainment Group, sued the state in Schenectady Supreme Court – a suburb of Albany – after the Lottery decided not to grant the consortium a gaming license. Scrutiny of AEC intensified after it was awarded the VLT contract due to the involvement of influential southeast Queens minister the Rev. Floyd Flake, who had a 0.06 percent stake in the group.
Political action committee Fight Back New York has condemned Bronx State Senator Reuben Diaz for his support of ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, along with Sens. Frank Padavan and Shirley Huntley, who all voted against the recent gay marriage bill in the Senate.
It looked like a scene out of a Mark Twain novel, with community activist and Assembly candidate Francisco Moya painting a paneled enclosure around a construction site at the intersection of 104th Street and 47th Avenue in Corona Thursday. But unlike Tom Sawyer, Moya said he wants the job of cleaning up graffiti — and the gangs who create it.
State Assembly candidate Bob Friedrich claimed his opponent, Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck), is trying to knock him off the ballot and said the effort is bringing “the North Korean example of elections to our Assembly district by robbing voters of choice.”
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) has raised more than $839,000 for his re-election campaign this election cycle and spent more than $864,219, but he is in the black with $1.139 million in cash on hand.