John Liu visits S&L Aerospace Metals to speak about employment in 2010.

Liu defends his indicted Flushing campaign treasurer

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu defended his campaign treasurer and described his political future in hazy terms in a recent interview, even as he kept on producing audits on city agencies. Liu strongly defended Jia “Jenny” Hou, the 25-year-old Flushing treasurer of his campaign who was arrested on charges of wire fraud and could face 60 [...]

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Redistricting dust settles

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 11, District 16, District 19, District 22, District 24, District 25, District 30, District 5, District 7, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Northeast Queens will see significant changes in how the area is represented in state and federal government now that the dust has settled on the redistricting process. Every 10 years, legislative district lines are redrawn to account for shifts in population. This time around, New York state lost two congressional seats after new lines were [...]

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Nadler slams federal bill as killer of city transit funds

Posted by Philip Newman in City Council, City Offices, Congress, U.S. House on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

Legislation recently introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives is “a Draconian and unacceptable blow to transit funding in New York City and the nation,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn) told the City Council Transportation Committee last week. Although the measure has since been withdrawn in the House and the U.S. Senate has passed its own [...]

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Dangerous fake pot should be banned: Wills

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 28, District 31, District 32 on March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

At a number of bodegas in southeast Queens, customers can legally purchase a product that produces a marijuana-like high, but while the weed may be fake, the dangerous side effects are real. Basheer Ahmed, manager of the Bashir Famous Deli in Rochdale, Friday became the first to sign City Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) pledge to [...]

City Comptroller John Liu marches in the St. Pat’s Parade for All.

Liu remains unruffled despite staffer’s arrest

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices, Mayor on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu has not stopped attending events or City Council hearings in the week after his campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou was charged with funneling illegal donations to his mayoral war chest even as Democratic insiders are questioning how a bid for Gracie Mansion could possibly take place. Liu made an appearance at [...]

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Liu campaign staffer arrested on illegal fund-raising charges

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

A campaign staffer for city Comptroller John Liu was arrested Tuesday afternoon, making her the second person associated with Liu’s mayoral campaign to be charged by federal officials in connection with questionable donations, according to court documents. Jia “Jenny” Hou, 25, was charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice for her alleged role in [...]