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Bloomy splits with Avella on tree pruning

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Offices, District 11, Mayor, State Senate on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week in reaction to what he called the mayor’s “cavalier attitude” concerning a the senator’s stance on city tree maintenance. Avella invited reporters to the New Hyde Park home of one of his constituents July 18 to illustrate what he characterized as [...]

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Quinn tours Central Library after city budget restoration

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 26, District 27, District 28 on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

Just weeks after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and the rest of her Council colleagues saved the Queens Library from massive cuts in the city budget, she took a tour and saw exactly where the money went. Quinn met with staff members at the Central Branch, at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., last week to thank [...]

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Rivals begin to raise funds for Wills’ seat

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 28 on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

Political contenders old and new have thrown their hats into the ring to determine who will represent parts of southeast Queens for the next two years, but so far they have not built a strong financial war chest, campaign finance records show. The city Campaign Finance Board has listed four candidates who will be challenging [...]

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Braunstein law bans sale of some bath salts

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, District 26 on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

In an attempt to head off a disturbing new trend before it takes hold in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Friday banning the sale of certain bath salts, which are being abused as drugs. State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) introduced the bill in February. It was the assemblyman’s first bill to [...]

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Ackerman puts weight behind Weprin in race for House seat

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Congress, District 24, District 5, District 9, U.S. House on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) wants state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) to join him in Congress. Ackerman endorsed Weprin, who is running to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, in part because of Weprin’s credentials on Israel. Ackerman is the ranking member of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia and [...]

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Avella calls on Parks to treat homeowners better over pruning

Posted by Rich Bockmann in District 11, State Senate on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

While the city is in the midst of its MillionTrees initiative, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is telling the city Parks Department to leave homeowners — who sometimes pay the price for illegally pruning trees the city owns — alone. The senator stood under a large, shady tree in New Hyde Park Monday and spoke [...]