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Astoria dissected by Albany redistricting: Gianaris

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, District 12, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 5, State Senate, U.S. House on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts. “The maps are horrible,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “They divide communities that should not be divided, including Astoria.” Both of the new maps slice off part of the north section of Astoria [...]

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After scandal grips Wyckoff former CFO sues for payback

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

A former Wyckoff Heights Medical Center chief financial officer is suing the medical center to obtain severance pay, saying he had nothing to do with an account set up to bribe late state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, according to court documents. Judge Elaine Slobod, of Orange County Supreme Court in upstate New York, granted partial summary [...]

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Astoria pols draft tough sex perv bill

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 12, District 36, State Senate on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

Astoria’s state legislators have drafted and have made significant strides in passing a bill that they said would close a gap in a law punishing repeat sex offenders. Under the current laws, sex offenders who strike multiple times within 10 years are classified as persistent sexual offenders. This means they are subject to harsher punishments [...]

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Roosevelt in Jax Hts fake ID haven: Pol

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 13, District 39, State Senate on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) have introduced legislation into both houses that Peralta said could help fight crimes that begin in Queens and spread throughout the tri-state area. “Fake IDs is one of the biggest issues at hand on Roosevelt Avenue,” Peralta said. The new legislation would [...]

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Former Mayor Dinkins honored at Black History event

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 13, District 35, State Senate on February 23, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) honored former Mayor David Dinkins with a Lifetime Achievement Award at his second Black History Month celebration. The city’s first black mayor received multiple standing ovations at the senator’s event, held at the Langston Hughes Library, at 100-01 Northern Blvd. in Corona, last Thursday. As the main honoree and [...]

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Dromm wants new drug law

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, Mayor, State Senate on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration for the large number of marijuana possession arrests made on his watch and advocated for legalizing medical marijuana, he said he was not dismissing the drug’s ill effects. “Nobody wants people to go into an addiction,” Dromm said. At a meeting of the [...]