Schumer, UFT endorse Avella for Senate reelection

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on August 31, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) collected two noteworthy endorsements last week, announcing the backing of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), the United Federation of Teachers, New York State United Teachers and the Professional Staff Congress. “Tony is a proven reformer who is always focused on how best to deliver real results for his constituents,” [...]

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Two Flushing Assembly hopefuls tout policy, endorsements

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on August 31, 2012 | No Comments

Two Democratic candidates for the Flushing state Assembly are set to have new conferences Friday. Ron Kim is set to hold a press conference to call for an increase in the minimum wage at 12 p.m. outside of the state’s Department of Labor offices at 138-60 Barclay Ave., while Yen Chou is set to be [...]

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Messer, Stavisky debate before Senate primary

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on August 30, 2012 | No Comments

Democratic Party primary challenger John Messer squared off against state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) Wednesday night in a lively debate  on raising the minimum wage and other issues facing the newly drawn 16th Senate district. The candidates  met at New York Hospital Queens, fielding questions from moderators Joe Anuta of TimesLedger Newspapers and Melissa Chan [...]

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Peralta plans boro prez run

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Uncategorized on August 30, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he would like to be a borough president who combines the salesmanship qualities of Brooklyn’s Marty Markowitz and the wide-reaching influence of Queens’ Claire Shulman. “You will see me front and center,” Peralta said as he prepares for a 2013 run. The senator, who took office in 2010 [...]

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Baisley Houses seek end to City Council division

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on August 30, 2012 | No Comments

When a city commission redraws the district lines for the City Council this year, civic leaders from southeast Queens are calling for the unification of the Baisley Houses in Jamaica. “Include all five buildings so there is only one Council member to oversee that area,” said A.U. Hogan, president of the Baisley Houses Tenant Association, [...]

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Sen. Huntley indicted after state AG probe

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on August 30, 2012 | No Comments

The day after state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) pleaded not guilty to interfering with a state probe into an alleged scam to bilk taxpayers out of nearly $30,000, her Democratic Party primary challengers called on the three-term incumbent to step down from office. Huntley, 74, pleaded not guilty in Nassau County Monday to two felony [...]