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Avella loses voice on ICCC

Posted by Phil Corso in District 11, Governor, State Senate on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Removing a controversial piece of land from his redrawn 11th District won’t silence state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who called for an investigation over what he suspects might be foul play. In the redistricting plan as it stands, Avella’s district loses the roughly 4.5 acres of land on the Creedmoor psychiatric hospital campus in what [...]

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Astoria dissected by Albany redistricting: Gianaris

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, District 12, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 5, State Senate, U.S. House on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts. “The maps are horrible,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “They divide communities that should not be divided, including Astoria.” Both of the new maps slice off part of the north section of Astoria [...]

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Liu defends his indicted Flushing campaign treasurer

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu defended his campaign treasurer and described his political future in hazy terms in a recent interview, even as he kept on producing audits on city agencies. Liu strongly defended Jia “Jenny” Hou, the 25-year-old Flushing treasurer of his campaign who was arrested on charges of wire fraud and could face 60 [...]

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Redistricting dust settles

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 11, District 16, District 19, District 22, District 24, District 25, District 30, District 5, District 7, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Northeast Queens will see significant changes in how the area is represented in state and federal government now that the dust has settled on the redistricting process. Every 10 years, legislative district lines are redrawn to account for shifts in population. This time around, New York state lost two congressional seats after new lines were [...]

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Judge set to hear suit on extra Senate seat

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 16, State Senate on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run. The suit was filed in January by a group of citizens and state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), and if State Supreme [...]

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Queens delegation split over redistricting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, District 12, District 24, District 25, District 27, District 29, District 36, Governor, State Senate on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

The contentious redistricting process that changed political representation in Queens came to a close Monday when a federal judge signed off on the new congressional lines, days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo did the same at the state level. Queens lawmakers from the state Assembly largely voted to approve the state lines, while those from the [...]