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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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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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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Turner nominates two boro groups for EPA award

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Congress, District 9, U.S. House on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) nominated two borough civic groups — CURES and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers — last Thursday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Environmental Quality Award. The yearly awards are given out in commemoration of Earth Day and honor people or groups that benefit public health and the environment. 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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Lancman will run in 2012 for U.S. Rep. Turner’s seat

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Congress, District 24, District 25, District 9, U.S. House on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) plans to run for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) in the upcoming 2012 elections, he said Tuesday afternoon. Lancman filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to begin an exploratory committee, which would investigate the feasibility of a congressional run. “The voters [...]