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Halloran uses four-letter video to rally community

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Council, City Offices, District 19, Public Advocate on November 17, 2011 | No Comments

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was caught on video in Auburndale last month giving an expletive-laced tongue lashing to a car shop, but instead of letting the incident fade quietly into the past, he has worn it as a badge of honor at subsequent public appearances. “I’m not f—ing joking,” Halloran can be heard saying [...]

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De Blasio blasts detention ctr.

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 25, Public Advocate on October 13, 2011 | No Comments

The city public advocate is calling on the federal government to shut down the controversial immigration detention center in Springfield Gardens and rethink its partnership with the private organization that runs it. Bill de Blasio and a host of other New York elected officials gathered in Manhattan last Thursday to protest the GEO Group, which [...]

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Queens leads city in pothole complaints

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Council, City Offices, Public Advocate on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

Queens roads are in the worst shape in the city, according to a new study by city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Of more than 80,000 calls to 311 this year requesting road repairs, more than 22,000 were about Queens streets, the report found. The city has witnessed a 56 percent increase in pothole complaints [...]

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De Blasio lobbies against Bloomy’s teacher layoffs

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 10, District 21, Mayor, Public Advocate, State Senate on June 2, 2011 | No Comments

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) visited Corona’s PS 19 last week and collected about 100 signatures from parents and students within an hour imploring Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to fire 4,100 teachers from city schools. He then took his call for action to the borough streets last Thursday. [...]

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SE Queens landlords top de Blasio’s ‘worst’ list

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Offices, Public Advocate on April 14, 2011 | No Comments

The city public advocate is taking his fight against the city’s worst landlords, many of whom are in southeast Queens, to the World Wide Web in order to help tenants avoid the headaches of moving into poorly maintained apartments. Bill de Blasio laid out a multipoint plan last week that he said would punish those [...]

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Public Advocate goes to bat for Queens at meeting

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in City Offices, Public Advocate on April 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio brought his vision of a New York City government that treats all five boroughs as equal to the Queensboro Hill Civic Association last week. Speaking before a full house at the Palace Diner, at 60-15 Main St., de Blasio, the second-highest-ranking city official, discussed ways for improving how the [...]