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Weprin wants hazing redefined

Posted by in Uncategorized on February 28, 2014 | No Comments

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Weprin held a news conference Sunday afternoon outside Baruch College, at [...]

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Avella will join Dems in independent caucus

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on February 28, 2014 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he thinks he will fit right in with the upper chamber’s Independent Democratic Conference even if there are a few kinks to be worked out with the leadership of his new caucus. The two-term senator and former city councilman announced Wednesday he was breaking ranks with Albany’s Democratic leadership [...]

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Richards allocates $2.5M in Mandela tech grant

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on February 28, 2014 | No Comments

A city councilman from southeast Queens wants Nelson Mandela to continue to inspire young students. Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) met with students and school staff in Springfield Gardens earlier this week to announce he had allocated $2.5 million to schools in his district in the name of the late civil rights activist. “I thought it [...]

Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo asks state to fund college for prison inmates

Posted by in Uncategorized on February 21, 2014 | No Comments

Two state lawmakers from Queens had mixed reactions this week to news of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative that would allow inmates to earn a college degree while serving their prison sentences. The proposal, announced Feb. 16, would use state dollars to fund college classes in 10 prisons across New York, one in each major region, [...]

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Smith, Tabone ask to have trial delayed

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on February 21, 2014 | No Comments

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Vince Tabone, the former vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party, are both asking that their federal corruption trial be delayed until later this year, arguing the proceedings could possibly coincide with this year’s elections. Smith, who was rounded up by the FBI last year along with Tabone and [...]

Tom Galante

Katz urges library to review prez’s salary

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on February 21, 2014 | No Comments

Borough President Melinda Katz delivered a list of recommendations to the Queens Library’s board of trustees in response to the ever-growing controversy ?enveloping library President Thomas Galante over executive compensation. Katz, who will appoint half of the library’s trustees?, wrote a letter earlier this week to board Chairman Gabriel Taussig listing her recommendations after a [...]