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Boro Muslims boycott Bloomberg’s annual breakfast

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Offices, Mayor on January 5, 2012 | No Comments

Several Queens Muslim leaders and their allies from other faiths added their names to a letter calling for a boycott of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast, which was held Friday. The boycott was called in response to revelations in an Associated Press report in November that said the NYPD sent undercover officers into mosques, [...]

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Turner win stuns boro in ’11

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Offices, Congress, District 23, District 24, District 27, District 9, Governor, Mayor, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on December 29, 2011 | No Comments

Heading into 2011, the Queens political scene was supposed to be uneventful, with District Attorney Richard Brown facing no opposition and the foregone conclusion that Democratic judicial candidates would defeat their Republican rivals as they have for every year in recent memory. And while the November elections went as expected — Brown won a sixth [...]

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Haggerty gets up to four years in larceny case

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices, Mayor on December 22, 2011 | No Comments

The Queens Republican operative convicted of stealing more than a million dollars from the mayor was led off to prison Monday to begin serving a sentence of at least a year. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel denied the request made by John Haggerty’s attorneys to give the Forest Hills resident probation for his October [...]

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Stop horsing around city: Avella

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Assembly, City Offices, District 11, Mayor, State Senate on December 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said a recent string of highly publicized accidents in Manhattan involving horse-drawn carriages demonstrates the need to ban the industry from operating in New York City. In 2011, there have been seven carriage horse incidents investigated by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which regulates the [...]

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Bloomy slams Sebelius on Plan B decision

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Offices, Mayor on December 15, 2011 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for making the morning-after pill unavailable to women younger than 17 at a LaGuardia Community College event Monday morning. “It would be much better if these young girls didn’t get pregnant, but once that happens I think this should be available,” Bloomberg said. [...]

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Jax Hts park marks 200th conversion from schoolyard in city

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Borough President, City Council, City Offices, District 25, Mayor on December 8, 2011 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Jackson Heights, the neighborhood most starved for park space in Queens, last week to celebrate the upcoming opening of PS 69’s student-designed playground, which comes complete with a human sundial and rock wall with “fossils.” The playground is the 200th schoolyard in the city to be converted to an open space [...]