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In Forest Hills, pols defend senior centers

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, District 15, District 16, District 30, Governor, State Senate on March 24, 2011 | No Comments

State and city officials assembled in Forest Hills last Thursday to tout legislation designed to save senior centers across the city, but there’s a $25 million catch. Even though both the state Assembly and state Senate passed budget resolutions last week allocating $25 million in federal money to fund senior centers, that does not mean [...]

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Avella destroys his placard in protest of parking perks

Posted by Rich Bockmann in District 11, State Senate on March 24, 2011 | 4 Comments

At his office in Bayside Friday afternoon, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) smiled as he took out a pair of scissors and cut in half his state-issued executive parking placard, sending the pieces back to Albany. The placard, which reads, “This vehicle is on official police business,” allows Avella and his colleagues to park in [...]

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Atty. general investigating Sen. Huntley

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Assembly, Attorney General, Congress, District 10, District 14, District 32, District 6, State Senate, Statewide Offices, U.S. House on March 24, 2011 | No Comments

Taxpayer money that was distributed to education groups with close ties to state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) has caught the state attorney general’s eye, according to a published report. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued subpoenas to the nonprofit Parent Information Network Inc., which is run by Huntley’s daughter Pamela Corley, and another group called [...]

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Weiner urges banks to branch out, help the poor

Posted by Joe Anuta in Congress, District 9, U.S. House on March 17, 2011 | No Comments

Low-income neighborhoods in the borough suffer from a lack of banks, and it is up to the federal government to coax more lending institutions into opening offices in underserved areas, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said in Forest Hills Monday. Weiner released a study claiming that the borough’s banks are concentrated in the wealthy [...]

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Gianaris bill would boost terror defense

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 12, State Senate on March 17, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has introduced legislation to have the director of the state Office of Homeland Security keep an eye on all facilities owned by the MTA, making sure they are prepared for a terrorist attack. “We’ve delayed long enough in actually providing this oversight,” Gianaris said. The senator referred the bill to [...]

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Dromm targets jobs, healthcare and fair taxes

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 25 on March 17, 2011 | No Comments

In a State of the District speech last Thursday, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) not only touted his accomplishments in 2010, but outlined what he wants to do in the coming months. Dromm said his three main goals are to create a place where immigrants can get jobs, open a primary health-care center and [...]