U.S. Reps. Bob Turner (l.) and Gary Ackerman

Redistricting dust settles

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 11, District 16, District 19, District 22, District 24, District 25, District 30, District 5, District 7, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Northeast Queens will see significant changes in how the area is represented in state and federal government now that the dust has settled on the redistricting process. Every 10 years, legislative district lines are redrawn to account for shifts in population. This time around, New York state lost two congressional seats after new lines were [...]

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Queens delegation split over redistricting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, District 12, District 24, District 25, District 27, District 29, District 36, Governor, State Senate on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

The contentious redistricting process that changed political representation in Queens came to a close Monday when a federal judge signed off on the new congressional lines, days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo did the same at the state level. Queens lawmakers from the state Assembly largely voted to approve the state lines, while those from the [...]

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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 [...]

Gary Ackerman

Ackerman hoped to keep district safe before exiting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Congress, District 25, District 5, District 9, U.S. House on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) wove stories from his youth and more than 30 years as a New York lawmaker into an explanation as to why he abruptly decided to leave office at the end of his term last Thursday. “I guess retiring catches everybody by surprise,” Ackerman said during a conference call. “I’ve given [...]

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Dangerous fake pot should be banned: Wills

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 28, District 31, District 32 on March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

At a number of bodegas in southeast Queens, customers can legally purchase a product that produces a marijuana-like high, but while the weed may be fake, the dangerous side effects are real. Basheer Ahmed, manager of the Bashir Famous Deli in Rochdale, Friday became the first to sign City Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) pledge to [...]

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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 [...]