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Avella calls on city to fix broken curbs

Posted by Rich Bockmann in District 11, State Senate on January 5, 2012 | 1 Comment

Bellerose homeowner Caroline Vereline said that in the 54 years she has lived in her home, she has never seen the city Department of Transportation repair the curbs on her street. “These curbs were built 62 years ago when the houses were built. I complained and they told me they’re 22 years ?behind schedule,” said [...]

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Sanders, Comrie get human rights grades

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 20, District 21, District 22, District 23, District 24, District 25, District 26, District 27, District 28, District 29, District 30, District 31, District 32 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is going to have to make some room on his fridge. The chairman of the Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations had the best record of the Queens delegation on human rights issues last year, according to the Urban Justice Center’s 2011 Human Rights Report [...]

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Stop horsing around city: Avella

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Offices, District 11, Mayor, State Senate on December 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said a recent string of highly publicized accidents in Manhattan involving horse-drawn carriages demonstrates the need to ban the industry from operating in New York City. In 2011, there have been seven carriage horse incidents investigated by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which regulates the [...]

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Thompson visits NE Queens Multicultural Democratic Club

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Council, City Offices, District 22 on November 24, 2011 | No Comments

As city Comptroller John Liu’s political future hangs ?in limbo amid a fund-raising scandal surrounding his 2013 mayoral campaign, Bill Thompson met with the Northeast Queens Multicultural Democratic Club in Flushing Sunday to discuss his campaign for the mayoral election. State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), a member of the club who was not acting in [...]

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Ackerman wants feds to raise boro lending limits

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Congress, District 9, U.S. House on November 17, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said last week he was leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize the housing market in Queens and other high-cost areas by raising the limit on mortgages the government is allowed to guarantee. Ackerman sent a letter signed by 131 members of Congress last month, urging House leaders to [...]

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Braunstein renews fight against abuse

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, District 16, District 26, State Senate on November 17, 2011 | No Comments

In the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse cover-up scandal, state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) is renewing his call for passage of a bill that would require New York colleges and universities to report on-campus violent crimes immediately to the authorities. “The recent scandal at Penn State University involving legendary football Coach Joe Paterno [...]