VIDEO: Weiner goes ballistic on House floor as failure of 9/11 health care bill angers Queens reps

VIDEO: Weiner goes ballistic on House floor as failure of 9/11 health care bill angers Queens reps

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Congress, District 14, District 7, District 9, Mayor, U.S. House on July 30, 2010 | No Comments

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.

Court dismisses Aqueduct lawsuit

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Governor on July 29, 2010 | No Comments

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.

Diaz asks voters to pray (and vote) for Queens’ gay marriage opponents

Diaz asks voters to pray (and vote) for Queens’ gay marriage opponents

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 10, District 11, District 39, State Senate on July 29, 2010 | 3 Comments

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.

moya graffiti – rebecca

Moya vows to fight gang violence in Corona

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 39 on July 29, 2010 | No Comments

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.

Friedrich accuses Weprin of ‘North Korean’-style suppression

Friedrich accuses Weprin of ‘North Korean’-style suppression

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 24 on July 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

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.”

Gary Ackerman. Photo by Christina Santucci

Ackerman spends more than he raises in last cycle

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 5, U.S. House on July 29, 2010 | No Comments

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.