Christian Gutierrez and Toni Ryan lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor lays out plans for city in Queens

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City address drew a better reaction inside the Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College than it did in Albany. The mayor sought to tackle income inequality with his speech and he met resistance right away on two key policy proposals that would require state approval: taxing [...]

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Beep outlines economic agenda at chamber’s breakfast meeting

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Borough President Melinda Katz rubbed shoulders with Queens’ movers and shakers during a meet-and-greet breakfast at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel Tuesday, when she said tackling the borough’s unemployment rate and luring a big-name retailer to Far Rockaway will be some of the keys to driving the borough’s economy. With an unemployment rate sitting at 6.7 [...]

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Pol calls on library prez to resign

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Pressure mounted on the head of the Queens Library this week as one state lawmaker called for the nonprofit executive’s resignation days after he was questioned by a special City Council oversight committee at a hearing on the library’s finances. Citing library President and CEO Thomas Galante’s $392,000 salary and a new report revealing a [...]

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Meng looks back at first year in House

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Having survived a government shutdown, a shooting outside the Capitol and a mugging, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) first year in Congress was anything but uneventful. The freshman congresswoman took office last year after defeating then-City Councilman Dan Halloran to become New York’s first Asian-American member of Congress. “It’s been productive,” she said in an [...]

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In second term Simotas heads key women’s panel

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State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) has been elevated to chairwoman of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues in her fourth year in the statehouse. “Yes, it was fast, but I’ve been very active on women’s issues since I arrived in Albany. I’m honored and humbled,” Simotas said. The task force works closely with Assembly [...]

Curtis Sliwa and Melinda Katz took part in the march.

Ex sues Sliwa, Katz over support checks

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Uncategorized on February 7, 2014 | No Comments

Curtis Sliwa’s love-spurned ex-wife claimed in court papers last week that the Guardian Angel and Borough President Melinda Katz concocted an unbelievable story about the method by which the Queens politician conceived her children in order to pull a fast one on borough voters. In a lengthy and colorfully worded lawsuit filed against the beret-wearing [...]