New western Queens districts create faux state Senate fight

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on February 2, 2012 | No Comments

The new proposed state Senate district lines would set Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) against Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), but the longtime friends say they have no plans to duke it out at the polls. “This actually makes it very amusing,” Peralta said. Both senators characterized the new districts, drawn by Senate Republicans, as politically [...]


Task force lines pit Avella vs. Stavisky

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on February 2, 2012 | No Comments

After a state body released redrawn lines for New York’s state Senate districts, cries of political gerrymandering were heard from northeast Queens all the way to Albany. In particular, political sources pointed to the proposed districts of Sens. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who would have to run against each other if the [...]


Qns. residents slam Albany’s plan

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 10, District 11, District 12, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 16, District 24, Governor, State Senate on February 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

No matter how you slice it, the redistricting plan drawn up by a state task force last week was widely panned in Queens by critics who said the proposal breaks up communities and gerrymanders the lines. Every 10 years, districts for state Senate, state Assembly and congressional lines are redrawn to reflect population changes recorded [...]


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 [...]


Town hall goers peeved at plaza in E. Elmhurst

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 13, State Senate on December 15, 2011 | No Comments

A town hall hosted by the staff of state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) last week grew heated early when a man confronted a city Department of Transportation representative over the conversion of 37th Road between Broadway and 74th Street into a pedestrian plaza. The question was one of many asked of various city agency [...]


Peralta wants letter grades for food carts

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Offices, District 13, Mayor, State Senate on December 1, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he will introduce legislation to institute a letter grading system for food cart vendors similar to those for restaurants and other eateries. “New York City street food is famous around the world,” Peralta said. “And if you add this letter grade, our street food will also be known [...]