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FEMA to help SE Queens on Irene damage

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Congress, District 6, Governor, U.S. House on September 22, 2011 | No Comments

It has been nearly four weeks since Tropical Storm Irene came through Queens, but residents in heavily affected areas in southeast Queens are still reeling from the storm, elected officials said. Fortunately, the federal government is now lending a helping hand to those victims. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) announced that the Federal Emergency Management [...]

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Turner’s election throws wrench in redistricting plan

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 24, District 5, District 6, District 7, District 9, Governor, Mayor, U.S. House on September 22, 2011 | No Comments

The victory by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Howard Beach) in the race for the 9th Congressional District seat has complicated plans for the congressional redistricting that is set to take place next year. “It kind of flips things on its head,” said Alex Camarda of the government watchdog group Citizens Union in New York. “It [...]

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Qns reps urge House to extend mortgage limits

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Congress, District 14, District 5, District 6, District 7, U.S. House on September 15, 2011 | No Comments

Queens’ congressional members are pushing their U.S. House of Representatives colleagues to prevent financially strapped homeowners in the borough from falling into a deeper hole and exacerbating the housing crisis. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) sent a letter last Thursday to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee to urge them to extend the conforming loan limits [...]

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Meeks explains vote on debt lid to seniors

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Congress, District 6, U.S. House on August 18, 2011 | No Comments

With the future of the economy in jeopardy due to a downgrade in the nation’s credit rating, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) reassured his elderly constituents that he and his fellow Democrats would not lead their financial futures to a path of ruin. The congressman visited the Robert Couche Senior Center, at 137-57 Farmers Blvd., [...]

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Meeks’ VA bill to keep hospital for vets passes

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Congress, District 5, District 6, U.S. House on June 16, 2011 | No Comments

A bipartisan bill is in the works in Congress that would stop the controversial plans to redevelop part of the St. Albans Veterans Hospital into a private space. The House passed the St. Albans Veterans Care Act that was introduced by U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) Tuesday afternoon. The bill, which passed by a vote [...]

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Boro pols mostly mum on Weiner scandal

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 25, District 31, District 5, District 6, District 7, District 9, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on June 9, 2011 | No Comments

The borough’s elected officials have not rushed to support U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), with most declining to comment after the congressman owned up to tweeting a suggestive picture of himself wearing boxer briefs to a Seattle college student and admitted to having online relationships with six women. The strongest encouragement came from Weiner’s [...]