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Civics want new election district

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, District 24, District 26, District 33, Governor, State Senate on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

Leaders from more than a dozen eastern Queens civic groups met in Bellerose last week, demanding their communities be united by the state task force that will redraw the area’s legislative lines for the coming decade. The state Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment is expected to release its first-draft maps within the [...]

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Sanders, Comrie get human rights grades

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 20, District 21, District 22, District 23, District 24, District 25, District 26, District 27, District 28, District 29, District 30, District 31, District 32 on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is going to have to make some room on his fridge. The chairman of the Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations had the best record of the Queens delegation on human rights issues last year, according to the Urban Justice Center’s 2011 Human Rights Report [...]

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Weprin calls on city to oversee food carts

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 23 on November 3, 2011 | 1 Comment

In reaction to what he says is a proliferation of food carts on city streets, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said he would like to see the city Street Vendor Review Panel reconvene and implement a new plan regulating where and when the food carts can operate. The panel was established by Mayor Rudy [...]

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Avella bill would give state say in large land deals

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Attorney General, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on October 20, 2011 | No Comments

Inspired by the controversial sale of Creedmoor land to the Indian Cultural and Community Center, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) penned legislation that would require the state attorney general and state comptroller to review and approve all land sales worth $100,000 and higher to private companies. The state Dormitory Authority sold a 4 1/2-acre parcel [...]

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Avella fights halal mart in Bellerose

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, State Senate on September 22, 2011 | 4 Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Bellerose civic leaders called on a halal market on Hillside Avenue with more than $25,000 in violations to clear up the penalties or get out of the neighborhood. While the owner of Super Halal Meat Fruits & Vegetables Inc., at 253-06 Hillside Ave., acknowledged the violations, he claimed the [...]

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Workplace law a win: Sikhs

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 23, District 24, Mayor on September 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

At a ceremony last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law authored by City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) that strengthens the city’s human rights law with respect to religious practices in the workplace. The Workplace Religious Freedom Act requires employers to detail the fiscal impact an employee’s religious practice would have on the company [...]