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After scandal grips Wyckoff former CFO sues for payback

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

A former Wyckoff Heights Medical Center chief financial officer is suing the medical center to obtain severance pay, saying he had nothing to do with an account set up to bribe late state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, according to court documents. Judge Elaine Slobod, of Orange County Supreme Court in upstate New York, granted partial summary [...]

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Nadler slams federal bill as killer of city transit funds

Posted by Philip Newman in City Council, City Offices, Congress, U.S. House on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

Legislation recently introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives is “a Draconian and unacceptable blow to transit funding in New York City and the nation,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn) told the City Council Transportation Committee last week. Although the measure has since been withdrawn in the House and the U.S. Senate has passed its own [...]

Bus Accident Virginia

Schumer bill on discount bus safety passes Senate

Posted by Philip Newman in U.S. Senate on March 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

The U.S. Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) requiring discount bus lines to inform passengers of their safety record. The bill also institutes a variety of requirements to improve safety on board such buses. The proposed legislation came after several fatal accidents involving the discount tour bus industry, including a March [...]

Gary Ackerman

Ackerman hoped to keep district safe before exiting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Congress, District 25, District 5, District 9, U.S. House on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) wove stories from his youth and more than 30 years as a New York lawmaker into an explanation as to why he abruptly decided to leave office at the end of his term last Thursday. “I guess retiring catches everybody by surprise,” Ackerman said during a conference call. “I’ve given [...]

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NE Qns weighs fracking

Posted by Phil Corso in District 11, Governor, State Senate on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

One side looked to oil, while another looked to water when the Douglaston Civic Association hosted a hydrofracking debate forum last Thursday night. Proponents of the oil extraction procedure spoke alongside opponents, including state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), to a crowded and engaged group at the meeting. The senator was one of three speakers to [...]

Congressional Humane Awards 2011

Ackerman awarded for support on protecting rights of animals

Posted by Phil Corso in Congress, District 5, U.S. House on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) was honored this month for his legislative leadership on animal protection, courtesy of the Humane Society and on behalf of supporters in the 5th Congressional District. The group presented Ackerman with the Humane Champion Award with its affiliate, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, for earning a perfect score on the [...]