U.S. Reps. Bob Turner (l.) and Gary Ackerman

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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Crowley, Maloney blast bill that would sap MTA of funds

Posted by Philip Newman in Congress, District 14, District 7, District 9, U.S. House on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

Congressional members, transit officials and labor leaders have raised an alarm about proposed Republican legislation that would end automatic federal transportation money and leave New York City’s transit system in jeopardy. “This is a bill aimed like a dagger at the heart of cities and suburban areas,” said U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) at a [...]

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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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Gay marriage passage hits home in Sunnyside, Jax Hts.

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 10, District 11, District 12, District 13, District 15, District 24, District 25, District 26, District 7, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on December 29, 2011 | No Comments

Before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill June 24 that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York state, Astoria LGBT activist Brendan Fay and his husband, Dr. Thomas Moulton, helped same-sex couples in New York cross the border into Canada or into neighboring states to get married. Now he receives messages from people in Ireland [...]

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Crowley wants Cuomo to consider hospital access in Queens, Bronx

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, District 7, Governor, U.S. House on December 15, 2011 | 2 Comments

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month requesting they “start a conversation” on how to address Queens’ and the Bronx’s diminishing health care access following the establishment of a work group to deal with Brooklyn hospitals. “The focus of late has been on Brooklyn, but we [...]

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Flushing inaugurates first new Assembly member in 28 yrs.

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Assembly, Congress, District 26, District 27, District 7, U.S. House on November 10, 2011 | No Comments

Residents of the 27th state Assembly District began a new era for their community as they welcomed the first new Assembly member in nearly three decades to represent Flushing, Whitestone and Fresh Meadows. Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) appeared at a formal ceremony Sunday before various borough and state officials, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), [...]