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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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Van Bramer wants to reform powerful city zoning agency

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 26, District 34 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced last week he was introducing four pieces of legislation dedicated to reforming the city Board of Standards and Appeals. The councilman said the BSA, which he calls a “bogus agency,” regularly ignores community protests against out-of-character developments and dismisses community board recommendations to satisfy the wants of developers. [...]

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Jax Hts’ pre-recession economy grew three times that of city

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, District 34, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on November 24, 2011 | No Comments

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli painted a mostly positive portrait of Jackson Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods’ economy on a visit to the community last week, saying small businesses owned by immigrants bring in much money and the area has enormous potential growth. “The economic future of northwestern Queens is a bright one,” DiNapoli said. The [...]

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Pols head off congestion fee

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 11, District 24, District 34, State Senate on February 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

State legislators and other community leaders in Queens and Brooklyn joined together on the steps of City Hall Sunday to protest a years-old potential plan of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s to hike bridge and tunnel tolls for Manhattan-bound motorists. “The administration’s latest traffic-pricing plan is nothing less than a disguised tax on all people of New [...]

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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.

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Elected officials join forces to promote marriage equality

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 13, District 25, District 26, District 34, State Senate on October 21, 2010 | No Comments

Legislators in Jackson Heights told their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender constituents as well as their allies Monday to vote for pro-marriage equality candidates in the Nov. 2 election.

“We are inches away of reaching that magical number 29,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), referring to the number of votes needed in the Senate to pass a bill allowing people of the same sex to marry.