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Dangerous fake pot should be banned: Wills

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 28, District 31, District 32 on March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

At a number of bodegas in southeast Queens, customers can legally purchase a product that produces a marijuana-like high, but while the weed may be fake, the dangerous side effects are real. Basheer Ahmed, manager of the Bashir Famous Deli in Rochdale, Friday became the first to sign City Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) pledge to [...]

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Boro lawmaker hopes guv vetoes district lines

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

The state Legislature drafted bills for a new set of maps that would define political boundaries in the state Assembly and state Senate for the next decade, but Queens lawmakers were still hopeful Gov. Andrew Cuomo would veto them. An initial proposal for the new lines in the Assembly and Senate was released earlier this [...]

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Liu remains unruffled despite staffer’s arrest

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices, Mayor on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu has not stopped attending events or City Council hearings in the week after his campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou was charged with funneling illegal donations to his mayoral war chest even as Democratic insiders are questioning how a bid for Gracie Mansion could possibly take place. Liu made an appearance at [...]

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Astoria pols draft tough sex perv bill

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 12, District 36, State Senate on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

Astoria’s state legislators have drafted and have made significant strides in passing a bill that they said would close a gap in a law punishing repeat sex offenders. Under the current laws, sex offenders who strike multiple times within 10 years are classified as persistent sexual offenders. This means they are subject to harsher punishments [...]

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Lancman urges Legislature to pass DREAM Act

Posted by Phil Corso in Assembly, District 25 on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

Chasing her dream has become a nightmare. Emily Park is a case of why state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) pledged to support the state DREAM Act Friday. The full-scholarship biology major at Queens College already earned a degree in neuroscience, but could not afford the leap to graduate school due to a roadblock barring [...]

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Roosevelt in Jax Hts fake ID haven: Pol

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 13, District 39, State Senate on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) have introduced legislation into both houses that Peralta said could help fight crimes that begin in Queens and spread throughout the tri-state area. “Fake IDs is one of the biggest issues at hand on Roosevelt Avenue,” Peralta said. The new legislation would [...]