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Goldfeder proposes first responder bill

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 23 on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) is sponsoring legislation that makes it easier to recruit and retain volunteer first responders. The bill has the support of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, the assemblyman said. “Southern Queens and Rockaway have the highest number of volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance companies in all [...]

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Crime rise sets off call for cops

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 15, Governor, State Senate on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

With the 106th Precinct battling a surge in property crimes and the prospect of a convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) wants the precinct to be assigned more officers. Addabbo wrote to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly earlier this month, asking for more police protection in the area, which covers South [...]

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Queens GOP split on prez

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 32 on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

As Republicans from around the country struggle to get behind a Republican presidential candidate, so too do Queens elected officials and former officeholders, according to a list of GOP delegates released last week by the city Board of Elections. Of the four current or former elected officials who are delegates to the 2012 Republican convention [...]

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Boro Assembly members push to move Primary Day to June

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 22, District 23, District 25, District 30, District 33, District 34, District 38, District 39, State Senate on February 23, 2012 | No Comments

Eight members of the state Assembly from Queens have signed on to a bill that would push Primary Day for state races from September to June to offset a new federal law that would force New York to hold separate primaries for Congress and the U.S. Senate. The New York legislators want a single primary [...]

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City gives Crowley pass on ’09 campaign fines

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 30 on February 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) campaign account was assessed four violations last Thursday by the city Campaign Finance Board, but she was not ordered to pay any fines. Although Crowley’s campaign was also ordered to give back the more than $8,700 left in her campaign account, the reason has nothing to do with the [...]

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Assemblymen urge restoration of LIRR Rockaway Line

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 23, District 38 on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

Two state assemblyman and transit advocates are pushing for the old Rockaway Beach line of the Long Island Rail Road to run trains again after a 50-year absence. Rehabilitating the line would ease the commutes of those in southern Queens, Assemblymen Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) said Friday as they stood in [...]