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Council should approve chancellor: Weprin, Avella

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Assembly, District 11, District 24, State Senate on December 23, 2010 | No Comments

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and state Sen.-elect Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said this week they plan to introduce a bill that would require a future nomination of a city schools chancellor to be confirmed by a majority vote of the City Council after a public hearing.

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Bulgarian party gives Halloran national tour

Posted by Anna Gustafson in City Council, City Offices, District 19 on December 16, 2010 | No Comments

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) threw his support behind the Order, Law and Justice Party in Bulgaria last week when he was invited by the center-right political group to tour the southern European country.

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Queens leaders welcome Wills

Posted by Anna Gustafson in City Council, City Offices, District 28 on December 16, 2010 | No Comments

“Did you hear that?” City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) asked Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), laughing. “United States Sen. Chuck Schumer said District 28 — let me repeat, District 28 — was going to be the best district in this city.”

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Avella gets jump-start on his new role as state senator

Posted by Anna Gustafson in District 11, State Senate on November 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Democrat who ousted Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) from the seat he held for nearly four decades, Avella has unofficially begun his stint as an Albany legislator. Almost immediately after the election, Avella said he has been fielding phone calls from soon-to-be constituents, has decided his office will be at his former City Council site at 38-50 Bell Blvd. and has selected a number of his employees, including his chief of staff, Seth Urbinder.

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Boro takes stock after Avella beats Padavan

Posted by Anna Gustafson and Connor Adams Sheets in District 11, State Senate on November 11, 2010 | No Comments

Political observers and exit polls are beginning to paint a picture of what exactly led to Democrat Tony Avella’s historic win over longtime state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) last week in a victory that left control of the Senate up in the air.

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Queens rejects bid by Tea Party to gain toehold in boro

Posted by Anna Gustafson and Connor Adams Sheets in Assembly, Attorney General, City Council, City Offices, Congress, Governor, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on November 11, 2010 | No Comments

The 2010 midterm elections drew residents from every corner of Queens to vote in races that ousted its last remaining Republican in Albany and changed the face of politics in a borough where Republicans and Tea Party members made little headway despite a national groundswell of support for more conservative politicians.