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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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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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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 [...]

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Turner win stuns boro in ’11

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Offices, Congress, District 23, District 24, District 27, District 9, Governor, Mayor, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on December 29, 2011 | No Comments

Heading into 2011, the Queens political scene was supposed to be uneventful, with District Attorney Richard Brown facing no opposition and the foregone conclusion that Democratic judicial candidates would defeat their Republican rivals as they have for every year in recent memory. And while the November elections went as expected — Brown won a sixth [...]

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Turner pushes guv to cut Cross Bay Bridge toll

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Congress, District 23, District 9, U.S. House on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) reminded Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his Queens roots after writing the governor in an effort to end the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge. Then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani instituted a rebate program in 1997 for Broad Channel and Rockaway residents who used the Cross Bay Bridge that gave residents a [...]

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Goldfeder asks director of MTA to hear locals on Cross Bay toll

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 23 on December 1, 2011 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) wants newly appointed MTA Executive Director Joseph Lhota to visit his district so Lhota can hear residents’ gripes about the Cross Bay Bridge toll. “As you may know, the Cross Bay Bridge toll is the only intraborough toll in New York City and, by principle, inherently unfair,” Goldfeder wrote [...]