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Simotas wants common ground on rape bills

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 | No Comments

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) is pushing a bill to expand the legal definition of rape as well as a compromise with a rival bill in the state Senate. Simotas’ “Rape Is Rape” bill, written in 2012 and re-introduced for this legislative session, was inspired by the Bronx trial of NYPD officer Michael Pena. Pena [...]

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Race for Sanders’ seat still not decided

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 | No Comments

Despite the fact that two City Council candidates had each claimed victory in southeast Queens’ special election, by the next night the city Board of Elections had yet to count the votes on a missing memory stick, and it may be weeks before an official winner is declared. By Wednesday night Donovan Richards had a [...]

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng at Ron Kim’s inauguration

Boro’s Sandy-hit churches step closer to FEMA aid

Posted by cngadmin in Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 | No Comments

A bill that would allow churches, synagogues, temples and other houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy to receive federal aid to rebuild passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, although it is still uncertain whether the development will result in help for Queens religious institutions still reeling from the storm. Houses of worship [...]

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City Council passes bill to help prevent flooding in boro

Posted by cngadmin in Uncategorized on February 15, 2013 | No Comments

A bill that would help prevent flooding after intense storms — an increasingly common scourge of many homeowners in some areas of Queens — was passed by the City Council last week to the applause of a Queens councilman. The legislation, passed Feb. 6, requires the city Parks Department to identify types of vegetation it [...]

Assemblywoman VIvian Cook attends state Sen. James Sanders inauguration.

Huntley pleads guilty to fraud

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on February 15, 2013 | No Comments

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who just two weeks ago admitted in federal court to stealing thousands in taxpayer dollars from one of her sham non-profits, pleaded guilty again Wednesday to state charges of covering up a scam at another non-profit, authorities said. Huntley was on southeast Queens’ District 28 School Board before being elected [...]

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Cuomo delays decision on hydraulic fracturing in state

Posted by cngadmin in Uncategorized on February 15, 2013 | No Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will delay making a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state, with the state Health Department announcing it needs more time to complete a public health analysis. The announcement means regulations being drafted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation will not be finalized by a critical deadline this [...]