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Halloran scolds Dems over new Assembly lines

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 22, District 25, District 26, District 27, Governor on February 23, 2012 | No Comments

At a Republican gathering Sunday evening, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) criticized the Democratic leadership in the state Assembly for redrawing legislative boundaries in a way that gerrymandered part of one northeast Queens district and minimized the voice of GOP voters. “Everywhere they could, they cut us in half,” he told members of the Queens [...]

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Civics want new election district

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, District 24, District 26, District 33, Governor, State Senate on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

Leaders from more than a dozen eastern Queens civic groups met in Bellerose last week, demanding their communities be united by the state task force that will redraw the area’s legislative lines for the coming decade. The state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment is expected to release its first-draft maps within the [...]

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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 [...]

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Flushing inaugurates first new Assembly member in 28 yrs.

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Assembly, Congress, District 26, District 27, District 7, U.S. House on November 10, 2011 | No Comments

Residents of the 27th state Assembly District began a new era for their community as they welcomed the first new Assembly member in nearly three decades to represent Flushing, Whitestone and Fresh Meadows. Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) appeared at a formal ceremony Sunday before various borough and state officials, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), [...]

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Schumer bill to outlaw dangerous bath salts

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, Congress, District 26, Governor, U.S. Senate on August 4, 2011 | No Comments

Fresh on the heels of a similar state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo three weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced last week that legislation he introduced to ban the sale of bath salts has been passed out of a key Senate committee. Earlier this month, the governor signed a bill introduced by [...]

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Braunstein law bans sale of some bath salts

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, District 26 on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

In an attempt to head off a disturbing new trend before it takes hold in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law Friday banning the sale of certain bath salts, which are being abused as drugs. State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) introduced the bill in February. It was the assemblyman’s first bill to [...]