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Halloran scolds Dems over new Assembly lines

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 22, District 25, District 26, District 27, Governor on February 23, 2012 | No Comments

At a Republican gathering Sunday evening, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) criticized the Democratic leadership in the state Assembly for redrawing legislative boundaries in a way that gerrymandered part of one northeast Queens district and minimized the voice of GOP voters. “Everywhere they could, they cut us in half,” he told members of the Queens [...]

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Dromm wants new drug law

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, Mayor, State Senate on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration for the large number of marijuana possession arrests made on his watch and advocated for legalizing medical marijuana, he said he was not dismissing the drug’s ill effects. “Nobody wants people to go into an addiction,” Dromm said. At a meeting of the [...]

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Ferreras touts plans to improve streets and tourism

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 21 on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) advocated for better streets and for making the neighborhoods she represents a destination at her State of the District address last Thursday. “We are in a state of transformation,” Ferreras said, “but I believe the state of our district is strong and it gets stronger every day.” Speaking at [...]

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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 [...]

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Koo makes switch to Dem Party

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 19, District 20, District 24, District 25, District 27, District 32, District 7, District 9, U.S. House on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) officially registered with the Democratic Party Monday at the Queens Board of Elections offices in Kew Gardens after running on the GOP line three years ago to win a seat on the Council. Koo is the wealthy owner of the Starside Drugs pharmacy chain and self-financed his campaign. “We cherish [...]

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City building accidents down 18%: Mayor

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 25, District 26, Mayor, U.S. House on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited an apartment complex under construction in Long Island City Monday to announce what he called a step in the right direction: an 18 percent drop in construction accidents citywide from 2010-11. “This is good for the agency. This is good for the public,” Bloomberg said. The mayor said there were 152 [...]