Schumer calls for LIRR rider bill of rights

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Congress, U.S. Senate on October 13, 2011 | No Comments

A little over a week after a lighting strike at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station caused hours of delays, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the railroad Monday to voluntarily implement a protocol in order to better inform passengers and protect their safety during service disruptions and delays. In a letter sent [...]

Traffic on the BQE leading into the Kosciusko Bridge.

Obama jobs bill could cover Queens projects: Gillibrand

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, U.S. Senate on October 13, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said last week 213 city projects could benefit from the American Jobs Act, including improvements to subways, bridges and roads throughout Queens. Speaking on an Oct. 4 conference call with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Gillibrand urged Congress to pass the act,? saying it would inject $3 billion into New [...]

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Pheffer seat contenders make final push to get votes

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, Congress, District 23, U.S. Senate on September 8, 2011 | No Comments

Less than a week remained for the two candidates vying for the 23rd state Assembly seat, and Republican Jane Deacy and Democrat Phil Goldfeder were combing the Rockaways trying to curry favor before the Sept. 13 election. In stark contrast to the congressional campaign being waged in the 9th District, the race between Deacy and [...]

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Ackerman bill seeks to jump-start housing market

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Congress, District 5, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on August 25, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced plans last week to introduce a bill he claims would assist in clearing the inventory of more than 3 million unsold existing homes while creating jobs in order to spur the economy. The congressman’s office said the proposed legislation, entitled the Homestead: Act 2, is modeled after the Homestead [...]

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Turner trails Weprin by six-point margin

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, Congress, District 24, District 7, District 9, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on August 18, 2011 | No Comments

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) is holding a slim six-point lead over Republican Bob Turner for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat, according to a poll released last week by Siena College. “Five weeks until Election Day and this special election is a wide-open race with both candidates trying to become more known to [...]

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Schumer wants Qns. utility facilities to be more secure

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Congress, U.S. Senate on August 18, 2011 | No Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Sunday he would be introducing legislation requiring major utilities to conduct FBI background checks on employees who work in the areas most vulnerable to attacks or sabotage following a report that Al-Qaeda may be targeting the facilities. The legislation comes on the heels of a July U.S. Department of [...]