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Hiram’s conviction upheld

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, State Senate on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate lost in court again Friday when the state Court of Appeals confirmed his misdemeanor assault conviction for dragging his girlfriend Karla Giraldo through his Jackson Heights apartment in December 2008, the Queens district attorney’s office said. A panel of four judges determined the evidence against Monserrate, whose conviction eventually led [...]

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Jamaica’s dollar vans alter routes to avoid jams

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 27 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

Dollar vans in downtown Jamaica will be traveling a new route that will not only make it safer for motorists who ride through the streets daily, but also pedestrians who use the vans to get home. City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) met with several commuter van operators Dec. 14 at the corner of Archer [...]

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Sanders, Comrie get human rights grades

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 20, District 21, District 22, District 23, District 24, District 25, District 26, District 27, District 28, District 29, District 30, District 31, District 32 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is going to have to make some room on his fridge. The chairman of the Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations had the best record of the Queens delegation on human rights issues last year, according to the Urban Justice Center’s 2011 Human Rights Report [...]

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Turner pushes guv to cut Cross Bay Bridge toll

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Congress, District 23, District 9, U.S. House on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) reminded Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his Queens roots after writing the governor in an effort to end the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge. Then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani instituted a rebate program in 1997 for Broad Channel and Rockaway residents who used the Cross Bay Bridge that gave residents a [...]

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Van Bramer wants to reform powerful city zoning agency

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 26, District 34 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced last week he was introducing four pieces of legislation dedicated to reforming the city Board of Standards and Appeals. The councilman said the BSA, which he calls a “bogus agency,” regularly ignores community protests against out-of-character developments and dismisses community board recommendations to satisfy the wants of developers. [...]

John Haggerty

Haggerty gets up to four years in larceny case

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices, Mayor on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

The Queens Republican operative convicted of stealing more than a million dollars from the mayor was led off to prison Monday to begin serving a sentence of at least a year. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel denied the request made by John Haggerty’s attorneys to give the Forest Hills resident probation for his October [...]