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Haggerty theft trial opens in Manhattan

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices, Mayor on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

Opening arguments began Monday in the case against John Haggerty, a Queens political operative and Bloomberg campaign volunteer who is accused of stealing $1.1 million of the mayor’s money in 2009. In Manhattan Criminal Court, prosecutors claimed Haggerty was motivated to commit the alleged theft because he wanted to buy out his brother’s share of [...]

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Simotas nixes USPowergen emissions plan

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 12, District 36, State Senate on September 22, 2011 | No Comments

An Astoria power generating company’s plan to decrease emissions which formerly enjoyed community and legislator support has been rejected by a second neighborhood lawmaker. State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said last week that she met with representatives from USPowergen, a Stamford, Conn.-based company that operates the Astoria Generating plant on the Con Edison complex at [...]

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Lancman blasts stance taken by Turner on pro-union law

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Congress, District 24, District 25, District 9, U.S. House on September 22, 2011 | No Comments

Newly elected U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) weighed in on his first piece of legislation the same day he was sworn in to the House last Thursday, which a Democratic lawmaker in Queens said is indicative of why the 9th Congressional District voted Turner into office for the wrong reasons. “Literally on Day 1, [...]

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Obama’s ratings hurt Weprin: Observers

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Congress, District 24, District 7, District 9, U.S. House on September 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

Democrats may have a 3-1 advantage over Republicans in the 9th Congressional District, but President Barack Obama’s unpopularity and the state of the economy sank state Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) chances of winning the seat over Republican Bob Turner, according to political observers. “I think there was a lot of anger about the economy [...]

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Avella fights halal mart in Bellerose

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, State Senate on September 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Bellerose civic leaders called on a halal market on Hillside Avenue with more than $25,000 in violations to clear up the penalties or get out of the neighborhood. While the owner of Super Halal Meat Fruits & Vegetables Inc., at 253-06 Hillside Ave., acknowledged the violations, he claimed the [...]

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FEMA to help SE Queens on Irene damage

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Congress, District 6, Governor, U.S. House on September 22, 2011 | No Comments

It has been nearly four weeks since Tropical Storm Irene came through Queens, but residents in heavily affected areas in southeast Queens are still reeling from the storm, elected officials said. Fortunately, the federal government is now lending a helping hand to those victims. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) announced that the Federal Emergency Management [...]