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Council OK’s religious dress

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 23 on August 25, 2011 | No Comments

The City Council unanimously passed a bill last Thursday sponsored by Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) that makes it against the law for employers to discriminate against their workers’ religious beliefs or dress. Weprin said the passage of the bill, which he said he worked on with the Sikh Coalition, means the NYPD or Metropolitan [...]

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Finance board fines Friedrich $400 for contribution at ’09 event

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 23 on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

Failed City Council candidate Bob Friedrich was slapped with more than $400 in fines last Thursday from the city Campaign Finance Board, including more than $350 for what the board said amounted to an illegal corporate contribution. Friedrich’s 2009 Council campaign racked up a $383 violation for holding a “Bagels with Bob” event at Glen [...]

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SE Queens pols give funds to needy groups

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, District 23, District 27, District 28, District 31 on July 14, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) has given out more than a million dollars in taxpayer money to more than ?a hundred of groups in southeast Queens during this fiscal year. His fellow southeast Queens members on the Council, Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) and James Sanders (D-Laurelton), have also parceled out large donations to community groups [...]

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Weprin earmarks $600K

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 23 on July 7, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) earmarked more than $600,000 in discretionary funds from the city’s 2012 budget for nonprofits, mostly in eastern Queens. The list of organizations receiving their share of the $610,321 ranges from youth athletics, such as the Auburndale Soccer Club and the Glen Oaks Little League, to volunteer ambulance corps in [...]

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Search for Weiner replacement begins

Posted by Joe Anuta and Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 22, District 23, District 24, District 25, District 32, District 7, District 9, Governor, U.S. House on July 7, 2011 | No Comments

The heads of the borough’s two major parties are expected to name their nominees to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner by later this week at the earliest after Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a Sept. 13 special election to fill the vacant 9th Congressional District seat in Forest Hills. Weiner resigned in disgrace last [...]

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Budget to protect teachers

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 23, Mayor on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg reached a tentative budget agreement Friday that would prevent laying off thousands of the city’s public school teachers. As of press time Tuesday, the full Council had not voted on the budget.? The mayor’s Executive Budget had called for the elimination of 2,000 teaching positions through attrition and [...]