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Grand post office spared

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, Congress, District 14, District 36, U.S. House on October 27, 2011 | No Comments

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service said that while Astoria’s Grand station has been saved from the chopping block, four other post offices in Queens are still up for study. Connie Chirichello of USPS said public meetings will be held to discuss whether or not offices in Holliswood, Rosedale, Arverne and Rockaway Beach will [...]

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Turner takes Afghanistan trip to review operations and troops

Posted by Joe Anuta in Congress, District 9, U.S. House on October 27, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Kew Gardens) quietly slipped away on a congressional field trip to Afghanistan earlier this month. The recently elected freshman congressman was whisked away to the war-torn nation, which the U.S. military has been operating in for just over a decade, in order to give him a first-hand look at the area [...]

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GOP operative guilty of bilking mayor

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices, Mayor on October 27, 2011 | No Comments

Queens political operative John Haggerty was sprung from jail Saturday after posting $250,000 bail but faces up to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty Friday by a Manhattan jury of grand larceny and money laundering after being accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Ronald Zweibel [...]

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Avella bill would give state say in large land deals

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Attorney General, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on October 20, 2011 | No Comments

Inspired by the controversial sale of Creedmoor land to the Indian Cultural and Community Center, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) penned legislation that would require the state attorney general and state comptroller to review and approve all land sales worth $100,000 and higher to private companies. The state Dormitory Authority sold a 4 1/2-acre parcel [...]

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Secret sticker cabal frames me: Vallone

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 22 on October 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) accused graffiti-makers of putting up fake campaign stickers for him around the city to have him fined and make him look like a hypocrite. “I think it’s an organized effort to discredit me,” Vallone said. Vallone said he received an e-mail Oct. 12 from a man threatening to report [...]

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PS 48 students celebrate new school building

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Borough President, City Offices, District 10, State Senate on October 20, 2011 | No Comments

Students at PS/IS 48 in Jamaica have been yearning for a school building where they did not have to share a single room in which to eat, play and assemble and this year their wishes were granted. The young learners joined their teachers and elected officials at the school’s new building Friday to celebrate their [...]