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Astoria keeps eye on Greece after election

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 | No Comments

Astoria’s Greek-American elected officials said their constituents remain concerned but hopeful about Greece’s economic future after the nation’s New Democracy Party was elected by a narrow margin on a platform of remaining within the European Union. “Hopefully, they’ll get their act together and start getting things moving in the right direction,” said state Sen. Michael [...]

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Past promises cast pall on Obama memo

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 | No Comments

For many in Queens, the federal memo signed earlier this month that would save certain undocumented immigrants from deportation was reminiscent of a similar White House announcement last year that promised policy changes but did not deliver. The borough reacted with tempered excitement when President Barack Obama announced the memo June 15. It was written [...]

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Long beats Turner in Republican contest for Senate

Posted by Steve Mosco in Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 | No Comments

One surprise win deserves another. After shocking many with a win in the 9th Congressional District last year, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) was defeated by conservative Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long in a three-way Republican primary Tuesday. Long will now square off against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a three-year incumbent, in this fall’s [...]

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Bloomberg, Quinn reach on-time budget

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) announced an agreement for an on-time, $68.5 billion balanced budget Monday evening, bringing a sigh of relief to firehouses, libraries and schools worried about their financial standing. The announcement puts an end to speculation that 20 FDNY companies, including Engine Co. 306 in Bayside, 294 [...]

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Meeks takes Democratic primary in a landslide

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) handily warded off his three Democratic primary challengers Tuesday, making his ninth term representing southeast Queens all but assured. With 86 percent of precincts reporting  Tuesday night, the congressman had received 66 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported 11,843 Democrats voted in the new [...]

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Meng wins House primary

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on June 28, 2012 | No Comments

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) gave her victory speech for the Queens congressional race shortly after 10:15 p.m. at a Bayside restaurant Tuesday, capping a day of speculation about who would be able to mobilize their bases for what many predicted would be a dismal turnout. With 85 percent of the precincts reporting, Meng took [...]