John Boehner, Eric Cantor

Ackerman slams health law repeal

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Congress, District 5, District 9, U.S. House on January 27, 2011 | 5 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of residents from northeast Queens would be negatively affected by the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote last week to repeal the sweeping health-care reform that became law last year, Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said. The House voted 245-189 for the repeal, including every Republican House member and three Democrats. No New York [...]

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Liu laughs off rumors of his plans for higher office

Posted by Anna Gustafson in City Comptroller, City Offices, Congress, District 9, U.S. House on January 20, 2011 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu dismissed a question about running for mayor at the Jefferson Democratic Club’s first meeting in Bayside last week. “I don’t think about it,” Liu said after being asked about aspirations to run for mayor at the club’s meeting at the Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse at 202-12 Willets Point Blvd. Jan. 13. [...]

Gabrielle Giffords

Ackerman pushes gun law in wake of Ariz. shooting

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Congress, District 5, U.S. House, Uncategorized on January 20, 2011 | 7 Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) has joined the chorus of lawmakers calling for tighter arms control after a gunman in Arizona shot a U.S. congresswoman in the head and killed six others, including a federal judge and the 9-year-old granddaughter of a former New York Mets manager. The congressman last week introduced legislation, entitled the [...]

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Avella earns ranking committee spots in Senate debut

Posted by Anna Gustafson in District 10, District 11, District 12, District 13, District 15, District 16, State Senate, Uncategorized on January 20, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is one of three freshmen Democratic senators to be appointed as ranking minority members of legislative committees in Albany, Sen. Democratic Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) announced last week. Avella, who represents the 11th Senate District, is the ranking member for the Democrats of the Cities and Environmental Protection committees and [...]

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Avella plans Albany shakeup

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Assembly, District 11, District 26, State Senate on January 13, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) said they were focusing on the state budget and ethics reform after being sworn into office last week.

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Halloran sees snow sabotage

Posted by Anna Gustafson and Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 27 on January 6, 2011 | No Comments

As piles of black garbage bags joined the dwindling snow piles left from the Christmas weekend blizzard, the mayor and other officials promised to find out what caused the serious delays in street plowing in Queens as well as the possibility of deliberate sabotage by city workers.