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With primary behind her, Chou sizes up new foes

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 24, 2009 | 8 Comments

After eking out a victory in the Queens Democratic primary for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat last week, Yen Chou is looking forward. Although many candidates in her place have little to worry about in heavily Democratic New York City, Chou could face another challenging race. Chou won the tight race for the Democratic [...]

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Newcomers crash Queens Democratic Party

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 19, District 20, District 25, District 26, District 28 on September 23, 2009 | 2 Comments

Queens residents cut the cord that towed the Democratic Party line in last week’s primary elections, and while some say politics in the borough is in a state of upheaval, the long-dominant political machine says it is as strong as ever. There were 10 primaries for City Council seats in Queens Sept. 15, six of [...]

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Amid a meager turnout, Flushing’s political prominence grows

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller, City Council, District 19, District 20 on September 23, 2009 | No Comments

The Sept. 15 primary election drew just 11 percent of eligible voters to the polls citywide, but its impact for emerging immigrant communities like Flushing may be felt for decades. The city Board of Elections said the overall turnout was among the lowest for a primary in modern history, but exit polls have shown that [...]

…But former Katz backer, Bronx Dems, endorse Liu

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller on September 18, 2009 | No Comments

Mere minutes on the heels of City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) endorsing Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) for comptroller, the Bronx Democratic Organization backed Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) for the post. This is particularly notable since the Bronx was a stronghold of Katz in the leadup to Tuesday’s primary, with the balance of the borough’s [...]

Katz backs Yassky over Liu in comptroller run-off

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller on September 18, 2009 | 1 Comment

City Councilwoman and former comptroller candidate Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) backed Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) in the Sept. 29 run-off election this morning at City Hall, opting against her Queens colleague Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing). Here’s a bit of what she had to say: “I enthusiastically endorse David Yassky because he will bring honesty and [...]

Choe to head back to work for Liu, Jung not ruling out general election run [UPDATE]

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 17, 2009 | No Comments

After a surprisingly bruising defeat in the Democratic primary for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, John Choe said he will return to his former boss’ office as his chief of staff in the near future. Yen Chou won the tight race for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday with 25 percent of the vote, edging [...]