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Avella gets jump-start on his new role as state senator

Posted by Anna Gustafson in District 11, State Senate on November 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Democrat who ousted Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) from the seat he held for nearly four decades, Avella has unofficially begun his stint as an Albany legislator. Almost immediately after the election, Avella said he has been fielding phone calls from soon-to-be constituents, has decided his office will be at his former City Council site at 38-50 Bell Blvd. and has selected a number of his employees, including his chief of staff, Seth Urbinder.

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Queens Theatre postpones Legislative Revue benefit

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in Assembly, City Offices, State Senate on November 18, 2010 | No Comments

The off-beat musical comedy has been a centerpiece of the nonprofit’s fund-raising calendar since 1997, when Jeffrey Rosenstock, the theater’s executive director, created and first produced the show.

Featuring elected officials from throughout Queens?, the revue is a rare chance for residents to see the fun side of their elected officials, who don costumes and makeup and dance and sing their way through a full billing of songs with lyrics based on political issues of the day.

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Boro takes stock after Avella beats Padavan

Posted by Anna Gustafson and Connor Adams Sheets in District 11, State Senate on November 11, 2010 | No Comments

Political observers and exit polls are beginning to paint a picture of what exactly led to Democrat Tony Avella’s historic win over longtime state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) last week in a victory that left control of the Senate up in the air.

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Wills prepares his council agenda

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 28 on November 11, 2010 | No Comments

In the week since he won the special election to the southeast Queens City Council seat, Ruben Wills said he has been hard at work at making sure his constituents’ voices are heard when he enters City Hall.

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Moya, Simotas ready for debut in Assembly

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 36, District 39 on November 11, 2010 | No Comments

When the state Assembly opens its 2011 legislative session in January, two new faces from western Queens will be seen on the floor. Democrats Francisco Moya of Corona and Aravella Simotas of Astoria, both of whom had no opponents in the general election, stepped into seats left open by officials moving on to the state Senate.

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Como concedes state Senate race to Addabbo

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 15, State Senate on November 11, 2010 | No Comments

Como, who netted 42 percent of the vote compared to Addabbo’s 57 percent, did not concede Nov. 2 due to reports from his supporters of problems with the voting machines.