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Republicans want to take state in another direction

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 29, 2014 | No Comments

Before some of the Republican candidates for statewide and local office reached the Queens Village Republican Club Tuesday, the audience was warming up for the rally. “Hey, hey, ho, ho — Andrew Cuomo’s got to go,” they chanted, as well as, “2-4-6-8. We are gonna save the Empire State.” The crowd was enthusiastic. “This is [...]

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer stands outside childhood home in Woodside.

Van Bramer’s family once homeless

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After watching and reading accounts of protests and town hall meetings against new homeless shelters in East Elmhurst and Elmhurst, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) kept quiet because the controversy lay outside his district. Then he decided to act after taking part in an administration meeting at City Hall, where a deputy mayor spoke [...]

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Dems recruit Liu to depose incumbent

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Despite a deal between the mainline Democrats and the Independent Democratic Conference to reunite, former city Comptroller John Liu said his primary opponent, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is not to be trusted. In February, the incumbent joined the IDC, which controls the Senate with Republicans, angering Queens Democrats and sparking Liu’s challenge. “You can [...]

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Richards shows constituents how to spend $1M

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 | No Comments

There is nothing like a good experience to push one to repeat it. That’s why City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is moving along with his participatory budgeting efforts. After his experience in Far Rockaway last year, Richards decided to provide the same opportunity for his Rosedale, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens constituents. In response, he held [...]

Guests gather for a veterans cookout hosted by State Sen. Joseph Addabbo.

Addabbo honors area veterans with Howard Beach barbecue

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 | No Comments

Dozens of veterans gathered in Howard Beach Saturday for a cookout hosted by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) thrown in honor of their service to their country. Addabbo said his annual veteran’s barbecue, which he said he has held every year since being elected to the Senate, is his office’s way of showing its [...]

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Avella unveils economic improvement plan

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced an economic plan this week aimed at bettering the lives of Queens residents through initiatives such as helping small businesses and improving transportation infrastructure. Joined by several small business owners and members of local civic groups, Avella unveiled his six-point “Made in Queens” plan Tuesday outside Cascarino’s Pizzeria in [...]