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 [...]
If any teacher wanted to instruct students about gerrymandering, a field trip to state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) district might be a good place to start. The lawmaker represents an unpopulated, rocky stretch of sand that forms a border around — but does not encroach upon — the neighborhood of Bay Terrace. It connects the [...]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Maspeth to officially open a new park Monday, but some civic leaders accused lawmakers of joining the celebrations when they actually hindered the park’s progress. “It’s a wonderful space,” Bloomberg said of the $20 million, 6.5-acre Elmhurst Park. “It is difficult to recall what this industrial site used to look like.” [...]
State and city officials assembled in Forest Hills last Thursday to tout legislation designed to save senior centers across the city, but there’s a $25 million catch. Even though both the state Assembly and state Senate passed budget resolutions last week allocating $25 million in federal money to fund senior centers, that does not mean [...]
The inauguration ceremony for state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth), who has represented her western Queens district since 1998, drew Democratic leaders and friends to the gala affair Sunday at Frank Kowalinski American Legion Post No. 4 at 61-57 Maspeth Ave. The tone was upbeat but the remarks repeatedly mentioned her tough battle to win another [...]
Despite a reported anti-incumbent, anti-Democrat mood across the nation, all the seated Democrats won another term in the state Assembly races in western Queens this year, according to unofficial election results from NY1.