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Avella leads Albany fight for legislative term limits

Posted by Rich Bockmann in District 11, State Senate on April 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held a meeting with reporters last week to discuss his first 100 days in office as a state legislator and some of his plans for the immediate future. Avella, who served two terms in the City Council prior to being elected to the Senate in November, expressed some frustration with [...]

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Hevesi gets jail time for kickbacks

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Attorney General, City Comptroller, City Offices, State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on April 21, 2011 | No Comments

He used to be state comptroller, but now Forest Hills resident Alan Hevesi is known as Inmate 11-R-1334. Hevesi was sent to a jail Friday in upstate Ulster County after being sentenced earlier that day to one to four years in prison for his role in the corruption scheme involving the state pension fund. The [...]

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Hiram trades politics for pies

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, State Senate on April 14, 2011 | No Comments

Where he once handed out fliers and plotted campaign strategy, controversial former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate now serves up pizza, fruit juice and flan. Monserrate, who is battling fraud charges and recently lost his high-powered Manhattan defense lawyer Joseph Tacopina after being unable to pay his fees, has found a job at restaurant Papaya Pizza [...]

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Weiner, beep warn of boro budget pain

Posted by Joe Anuta in Borough President, City Offices, Congress, District 9, U.S. House on April 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

A Forest Hills congressman took the Republican Party to task Tuesday for the millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts that would harm the working-class and senior citizens of Queens and the borough president bemoaned belt-tightening at the city level after $5 million of funding for the long-awaited Queens West library branch become embroiled in [...]

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Gianaris fights to prevent summer power rate hike

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, District 12, State Senate, U.S. Senate on April 14, 2011 | No Comments

TransCanada has filed papers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission demanding that its controversial planned 12 percent rate hike for power generators go into effect before June 28, but state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has introduced legislation to make sure city customers do not have to bear the burden. The Canadian energy company, owner of [...]

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Avella issues plan to change Albany

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 11, District 16, District 24, District 26, State Senate on April 14, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he is trying to reform Albany but is finding some resistance from his Republican colleagues ?during a visit last Thursday to North Shore Towers. Avella told the crowd he is the sponsor of a bill to limit state legislators to four terms, or 16 years, in office because he [...]