Bill gives neighbors a voice

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Borough President, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 19, State Senate on August 25, 2011 | No Comments

As the city Board of Standards and Appeals waits to reconvene the hearing involving a Bayside Hills home next month, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has introduced two pieces of legislation designed to give the community more recourse on uncharacteristic development. Halloran said the bills were partly inspired by the BSA process for the home [...]

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Weprin, Turner debate draws hecklers

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Congress, District 24, District 9, U.S. House on August 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

Congressional candidates David Weprin and Bob Turner had to talk over loud cheers, boos, groans and hecklers as they squared off in a debate Monday night at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. When Weprin, a Democratic state assemblyman from Little Neck, claimed to the crowd that Turner, a retired television executive from the [...]

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Diaz wants to tackle loans in run for City Council seat

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 28 on August 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

Clifton Stanley Diaz has spent years managing the ins and outs of one of southeast Queens’ biggest co-op communities, and he said his experience would give him an edge in City Hall. Diaz, 62, is one of three candidates who will be challenging City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) in next month’s Democratic primary in the [...]

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Ackerman bill seeks to jump-start housing market

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Congress, District 5, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on August 25, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced plans last week to introduce a bill he claims would assist in clearing the inventory of more than 3 million unsold existing homes while creating jobs in order to spur the economy. The congressman’s office said the proposed legislation, entitled the Homestead: Act 2, is modeled after the Homestead [...]

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Ruben Wills break-in case set to start after election

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 28 on August 25, 2011 | No Comments

A Manhattan judge has postponed the much-delayed misdemeanor trial for City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) until after his primary, but the beleaguered elected official said he is focused on other matters. Wills, who is facing four candidates next month in the special election to remain the representative of the 28th Council District, was flanked by [...]

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DeSena runs for Assembly as a reformer

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in Assembly, District 27 on August 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

Marco DeSena, the Republican and Conservative parties’ nominee in the special election to replace retired state Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn in the 27th District, says he will be “the citizen legislator” if elected, working to represent his constituents and to reform politics as usual in Albany. Pledging to retire from the Assembly after three two-year terms [...]