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Peralta livery cab town hall turns heated

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 13, District 14, Governor, State Senate on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

A town hall held by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on the bill to bring livery cabs that can be hailed to the outer boroughs erupted into impassioned statements and heated arguments, mostly in Spanish, from industry members on separate sides of the plan. More than 100 people crowded into the Langston Hughes Library, [...]

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Markell ’09 race broke rules on spending: City

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 11, District 19, District 5, State Senate, U.S. House on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

The city Campaign Finance Board determined last week that the 2009 campaign of Debra Markell to fill the District 19 City Council seat left vacant by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) had committed two violations. The Democrat’s campaign failed to refund in a timely manner an inappropriate contribution it received and reported several improper post-election [...]

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Koch backs Turner over Obama anger

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 24 on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

Former Mayor Ed Koch bucked his own party in endorsing Republican Bob Turner Monday and not state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in September’s special election, saying he wanted to “send a message” to President Barack Obama that voters in the district disapprove of his policy toward Israel. [...]

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DiNapoli to look at NYRA’s books again

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said he will be taking another look at the New York Racing Association’s books to determine whether NYRA appropriately followed recommendations to become solvent, his office announced last week. The racing association oversees Aqueduct Race Track, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. The review will examine NYRA’s response to two earlier [...]

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Koslowitz a double dipper

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 29, District 30, State Senate on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

A report disclosing financial information found that City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gets both a retirement pension and a salary from the city, a controversial practice called “double dipping.” She makes $122,500 as a Council member, but also receives a $60,000 pension, the document from the city Conflicts of Interest Board ?said. Koslowitz began [...]

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Schumer backs Simanowitz in race for 27th Assembly seat

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Congress, District 27, U.S. Senate on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) endorsed Democratic state Assembly candidate Michael Simanowitz in the special election to replace former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, who retired in April after 28 years in Albany. Simanowitz, Mayersohn’s former chief of staff, is facing off against Republican Marco DeSena in the Sept. 13 special election. “I am supporting Democrat Michael [...]