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Marshall gives State of Boro

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 | No Comments

When Borough President Helen Marshall gave her first State of the Borough speech in 2002, Queens was still reeling from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and as she delivered her final address Tuesday the borough was in the midst of recovering from Superstorm Sandy. In between, Borough Hall has directed its capital funding toward parks [...]

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Addabbo bill would give Sandy victims tax relief

Posted by Steve Mosco in Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 | No Comments

A newly formed bipartisan task force is taking aim at Hurricane Sandy’s collateral damage as it looks to give property owners a tax break. State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), a member of the task force, is co-sponsoring new legislation that would provide relief from property taxes for city homeowners whose properties were badly damaged [...]

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Sanders sworn in at York

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 | No Comments

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica), fresh off his first few days in Albany, celebrated his inauguration with a ceremonial swearing-in at York College last week. Sanders was officially sworn in Jan. 9 and spent the first two days last week in session in Albany, where he voted to pass the state’s new assault weapons ban. [...]

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Boro clashes over maps at redistricting hearing

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on January 18, 2013 | No Comments

The city Districting Commission held its third round of public hearings in Queens Monday night, and two Queens neighborhoods were the subject of a verbal tug of war. The commission is in charge of redrawing the city’s legislative districts to account for population change registered every 10 years in the U.S. census. The lines were [...]

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Boro president hopefuls submit fund-raising numbers

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on January 18, 2013 | No Comments

Tallies are in for the first round of campaign filings for the Queens borough president race, though the city’s public financing program is designed to even the playing field between the haves and have-nots. Some of the candidates barely raked in any cash and others boasted a seven-figure war chest, according to the most recent [...]

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Albany first to pass tough firearms reform

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on January 18, 2013 | No Comments

Queens lawmakers who worked to pass the state’s speedily approved gun reforms this week cautiously praised the legislation, saying it still needed to be tested and there was more work to do to prevent further violence. Albany moved quickly this week to enact the New York Secure Firearms and Ammunition Enforcement Act of 2013, the [...]