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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Avella, Gianaris call for state independent redistricting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, District 11, District 12, District 30, Governor, State Senate on September 15, 2011 | No Comments

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 [...]

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Mayor opens new park in Maspeth on gas tank site

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 30, District 30, District 7, Mayor, U.S. House on June 9, 2011 | No Comments

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.” [...]

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In Forest Hills, pols defend senior centers

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, District 15, District 16, District 30, Governor, State Senate on March 24, 2011 | No Comments

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 [...]

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Markey takes oath for her seventh term

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in Assembly, Congress, District 12, District 30, U.S. House on January 27, 2011 | No Comments

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 [...]

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Assembly members in western Queens hold onto seats

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 23, District 28, District 30, District 34, District 35, District 36, District 37, District 38, District 39 on November 3, 2010 | No Comments

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.