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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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City gives Crowley pass on ’09 campaign fines

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 30 on February 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) campaign account was assessed four violations last Thursday by the city Campaign Finance Board, but she was not ordered to pay any fines. Although Crowley’s campaign was also ordered to give back the more than $8,700 left in her campaign account, the reason has nothing to do with the [...]

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No teacher layoffs in Bloomy’s budget

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 30, Mayor on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled last Thursday his $68.7 billion budget — a spending plan that has no tax increases or calls for teachers and uniformed city workers to lose their jobs. Bloomberg said “deficit closing actions” the city has undertaken in the last five years led to $6 billion in savings that was used to [...]

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

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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Women legislators endorse Weprin bid

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 12, District 14, District 16, District 21, District 24, District 29, District 30, District 36, State Senate, U.S. House on August 11, 2011 | No Comments

Many female elected officials at the city, state and federal levels endorsed state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) last Thursday at a news conference in front of Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, saying the Democratic candidate for the sprawling congressional district is a tireless advocate for women’s rights. “Some of the most impassioned speeches [...]

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Koslowitz a double dipper

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 29, District 30, State Senate on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

A report disclosing financial information found that City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) gets both a retirement pension and a salary from the city, a controversial practice called “double dipping.” She makes $122,500 as a Council member, but also receives a $60,000 pension, the document from the city Conflicts of Interest Board ?said. Koslowitz began [...]