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Avella says Albany suits him

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 11, Mayor, State Senate on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) may be one of 62 senators, but the lawmaker said he has a stronger voice among his colleagues than when he was on the City Council, where he was one of 51 legislators — 48 of them Democrats. “I have more influence in Albany than I’ve had in the City [...]

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$14B capital program will harm MTA operating budget: DiNapoli

Posted by Philip Newman in State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA’s plan to borrow more than $14 billion could further imperil the agency’s financial straits. “The MTA is in a very difficult position as it struggles to hold together a strained operating budget while proposing the largest borrowing program in its history to fund capital projects,” DiNapoli said. In [...]

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Council rejects Queens animal shelters

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 22, District 27, District 32, Mayor on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) criticized a bill passed by his fellow Council members and championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that increases funding and the hours of operation for animal receiving centers but gets rid of a requirement for full-service shelters in Queens and the Bronx. “We will probably see it rain cats and [...]

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Comrie helps minorities join city’s Bravest

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 27 on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

The FDNY has seen an increase in the number of minorities who have applied to be part of New York’s Bravest and an elected official in southeast Queens as well as the fire commissioner are crediting the rise to a more active recruiting presence in inner-city communities. City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who has [...]

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Korean college student joins Lancman’s office as intern

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in Assembly, District 25 on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

The office of state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) is building bridges to Asia in hopes of boosting its connection to the sizable Asian-American communities in his district. The face of the newest iteration of this ongoing effort is 26-year-old Kyung Rok Park, a University of Seoul student who is living for 12 weeks in [...]

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Queens leads city in pothole complaints

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Council, City Offices, Public Advocate on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

Queens roads are in the worst shape in the city, according to a new study by city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Of more than 80,000 calls to 311 this year requesting road repairs, more than 22,000 were about Queens streets, the report found. The city has witnessed a 56 percent increase in pothole complaints [...]