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Astoria dissected by Albany redistricting: Gianaris

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, District 12, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 5, State Senate, U.S. House on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Astoria lawmakers said they were disappointed by the new congressional and state Senate district lines, which splits the neighborhood across two districts. “The maps are horrible,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “They divide communities that should not be divided, including Astoria.” Both of the new maps slice off part of the north section of Astoria [...]

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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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Ackerman hoped to keep district safe before exiting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Congress, District 25, District 5, District 9, U.S. House on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) wove stories from his youth and more than 30 years as a New York lawmaker into an explanation as to why he abruptly decided to leave office at the end of his term last Thursday. “I guess retiring catches everybody by surprise,” Ackerman said during a conference call. “I’ve given [...]

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Ackerman awarded for support on protecting rights of animals

Posted by Phil Corso in Congress, District 5, U.S. House on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) was honored this month for his legislative leadership on animal protection, courtesy of the Humane Society and on behalf of supporters in the 5th Congressional District. The group presented Ackerman with the Humane Champion Award with its affiliate, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, for earning a perfect score on the [...]

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Ackerman eyes more of boro

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Congress, District 5, District 9, U.S. House on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said he believes that when the state legislative task force on reapportionment?? releases its congressional district maps, his will contain more of Queens while the district held by his newest colleague, Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village), may be eliminated. “No matter how they draw it, I’m going to run in [...]

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Meng, Stavisky win Dem delegate spots

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Congress, District 16, District 22, District 5, State Senate, U.S. House on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

Two northeast Queens lawmakers have been selected as delegates for the Democratic Party in the upcoming presidential elections. State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) hope their work will keep President Barack Obama in the White House. “I’m excited to represent Queens and represent New York state as we nominate Obama [...]