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SE Queens debates corruption issues

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on May 17, 2013 | No Comments

They’re neither judge nor jury, but if they were, they’d lock ’em up. Days after the revelation that former state Sen. Shirley Huntley secretly recorded some of her fellow politicians launched a new wave of headlines, a crowd in St. Albans voted on a debate about whether corruption or conspiracy played a role in the [...]

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Funds pile up for Council hopefuls

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on May 17, 2013 | No Comments

The latest campaign funding for the crowded field running to replace City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) showed Bayside’s Austin Shafran, former government spokesman for the Empire State Development authority, in the lead with Whitestone attorney Paul Vallone not far behind. City Campaign Finance Board records said Shafran’s campaign collected $87,217, while Vallone reported $73,470 in [...]

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Huntley gets light sentence

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on May 17, 2013 | No Comments

A Brooklyn federal judge last week sentenced former state Sen. Shirley Huntley to a year and one day in prison for stealing taxpayer dollars, ?but said in the past the court had proven to be imperfect in deterring such corruption. “Adequate safeguards at the state and local level would be more appropriate deterrents than the [...]

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Liu aides’ guilt casts shadow on mayoral run

Posted by Joe Anuta in Uncategorized on May 10, 2013 | No Comments

The fraud convictions of two former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu has not helped his run for higher office, but the jury’s decision may influence whether the Queens Democratic Party will endorse the lawmaker’s mayoral bid, borough political observers said. Jia “Jenny” Hou, Liu’s former campaign treasurer, was found guilty of attempted wire [...]

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Giuliani joins Council race

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on May 10, 2013 | No Comments

The field of candidates eyeing northeast Queens’ 19th City Council District seat grew larger this week as its embattled incumbent, who will not seek re-election, faces an ethics probe on allegations that he had affairs with a former intern and former deputy chief of staff. A second Republican candidate entered the race to replace City [...]

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MTA should restore Q75 route: Weprin

Posted by Phil Corso in Uncategorized on May 10, 2013 | No Comments

After hearing news of an unexpected $40 million surplus for the MTA, one northeast Queens lawmaker proposed the agency bring back a vital bus route in his district after cutting it in 2010. The agency discovered the extra state dollars last month after lawmakers in Albany passed the 2013-14? budget, which included an increase of [...]