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Talkin’ bout my generation, my dad and daughter’s, too

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 22, District 36 on April 7, 2011 | No Comments

Three generations of the Vallone family were on stage at Astoria’s Central Lounge last Thursday night, playing classics such as “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Rock Around the Clock” in celebration of City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) 50th birthday. “I’m overwhelmed and humbled by this,” said Vallone, who turned half a century on [...]

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Moya, Simotas ready for debut in Assembly

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 36, District 39 on November 11, 2010 | No Comments

When the state Assembly opens its 2011 legislative session in January, two new faces from western Queens will be seen on the floor. Democrats Francisco Moya of Corona and Aravella Simotas of Astoria, both of whom had no opponents in the general election, stepped into seats left open by officials moving on to the state Senate.

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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.


Ciafone drops out, leaving Simotas unopposed in run

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, District 36 on August 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Ciafone, 40, an attorney based in Astoria, decided to halt his bid in mid-August, leaving Simotas, a Manhattan attorney who serves on Community Board 1, as the only candidate on the ballot. Simotas also has no Republican opponents.

Freelancers Union releases full slate of endorsements

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in Assembly, Attorney General, District 11, District 15, District 16, District 25, District 26, District 28, District 35, District 36, District 39, Governor, State Comptroller, Statewide Offices on August 13, 2010 | No Comments

Freelancers Union announced this week the Queens candidates it is endorsing in this year’s primary and general election campaigns, siding with politicians it believes “share their commitment to modernizing labor laws to meet the needs of the growing and evolving independent workforce.”

Queens officials and candidates pledge reform in Albany

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Assembly, Congress, District 10, District 11, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 16, District 22, District 23, District 24, District 26, District 28, District 36, District 38, U.S. House on July 22, 2010 | No Comments

Senators, Assembly and Congress members and those running for those positions have signed pledges on Wednesday by New York Uprising, a non-partisan, independent group formed by Koch that has a mission to “end corruption in Albany and reinstate the public’s faith in government by offering real, honest and sensible solutions that legislators and candidates can implement, adhere to and be held accountable for executing once elected or re-elected to office.”