Senator Assault

Monserrate gets two years

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Uncategorized on December 13, 2012 | No Comments

Former City Councilman and State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay almost $80,000 in restitution? for fraudulently using City Council funds Tuesday to underwrite his own election campaign in the latest chapter in the East Elmhurst politician’s fall from grace. Judge Colleen McMahon delivered the sentence to [...]

Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., speaking at an event

Vallone challenges field for boro prez

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Uncategorized on December 13, 2012 | No Comments

Throwing his hat into a crowded field, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Tuesday he would be running for borough president. “I’d like to continue to work with you, to continue to make Queens better and better,” said Vallone, speaking at Astoria restaurant Don Coqui. Vallone declared his candidacy at his law firm’s Christmas [...]

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Weprin camp owes $350K for ’09 race

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on December 13, 2012 | No Comments

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) personally owes more than $28,000 in penalties while his former campaign committee must repay $325,561 in public funds after the city Campaign Finance Board reported several violations from his 2009 run for city comptroller. According to the CFB, Weprin was personally responsible for paying $28,184 in total penalties resulting [...]

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Avella questions state on new revised fracking regs

Posted by cngadmin in Uncategorized on December 6, 2012 | No Comments

A state senator from Queens questioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation on hydraulic fracturing this week, arguing the recent release of revised draft regulations on the controversial drilling method raises concerns about assurances from the administration that it will take the public health impact into account in its final decision [...]

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City Council lines redrawn

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on December 6, 2012 | No Comments

In a feat of legal gymnastics, the commission in charge of redrawing the City Council districts Tuesday took back its supposed final version to make further changes and reunited Flushing’s Mitchell-Linden co-op and condo complex into the same district. The 15-member commission is mandated by the City Charter to redraw the lines every decade in [...]

Malcolm Smith

Smith splits to work with GOP in Albany

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on December 6, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans), who earlier this year tested the waters for a Republican nomination in next year’s mayoral race, will break from the Democratic Party to work with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes in January. At stake is control of the state Senate, where Democrats appear to have won a majority [...]