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Crowley’s new bill encourages workers to use Citi Bike

Posted by in Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) rode a Citi Bike onto Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, where he announced new legislation that would allow workers to use their pre-tax commuter benefits for bike share programs. The Bike to Work Act of 2014 promotes greater usage of Citi Bike, increases revenue for the program and helps [...]

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Halloran calls alleged bribes consulting fees

Posted by in Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 | No Comments

Daniel Halloran may be the most talkative witness in his federal corruption trial. Contending prosecutors took his comments out of context and failed to understand he was legally acting as a political consultant, the former Republican city councilman has spent several days on the witness stand detailing precisely what he meant in hours of conversations [...]

Bart (l.) and John Haggerty – must check focus page on 10/01/09

GOP politico Haggerty returns to prison

Posted by in Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 | No Comments

Queens’ GOP operative John Haggerty is back behind bars, the Manhattan DA said. Haggerty headed back to prison Monday after losing an appeal of his 2011 election embezzlement scheme in June, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office. The DA said Haggerty was initially sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years. He has served [...]

State Sen. Tony Avella and former Comptroller John Liu

Liu pulls in $508K for coffers

Posted by in Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 | No Comments

Former city Comptroller John Liu has flexed his fund-raising chops in his young campaign to oust state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), amassing more than $508,000 in his first campaign finance filing. The Queens Democratic machine drafted Liu to challenge Avella, after the two-term incumbent left the mainstream party for the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway [...]

Phil Ragusa and Bob Turner

Beltrani assumes boro GOP post, but second faction disputes move

Posted by in Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 | No Comments

Does the Queens GOP have a new king? It depends who you ask. Following the death of Phil Ragusa, who had been considered the Queens Republican Party chairman by one faction, Executive Vice Chairman Robert Beltrani automatically assumed the leadership post, according to the organization’s executive director, Robert Hornak. Beltrani, an administrative law judge, lives [...]

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Cooperating witness takes stand in Dan Halloran’s corruption trial

Posted by in Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 | No Comments

Former City Councilman Dan Halloran’s attorney questioned an upstate developer cooperating with the government about whether his first meeting with the Bayside Republican breached FBI protocol and whether he celebrated the legislator’s arrest with a trip to Florida. Halloran is on trial in White Plains federal court for allegedly acting as a power broker in [...]