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City initiative helps minority teen boys

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices, District 14, Mayor, State Senate on August 11, 2011 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched? last week what he called the country’s most ambitious effort to tackle disparities between young black and Latino men, which was lauded by state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans). The program, dubbed the Young Men’s Initiative, which in part will target 40 city schools that have shown progress in closing the [...]

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Peralta livery cab town hall turns heated

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 13, District 14, Governor, State Senate on July 28, 2011 | No Comments

A town hall held by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on the bill to bring livery cabs that can be hailed to the outer boroughs erupted into impassioned statements and heated arguments, mostly in Spanish, from industry members on separate sides of the plan. More than 100 people crowded into the Langston Hughes Library, [...]

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NY passes marriage equality

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 26, Governor, State Senate on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed same-sex marriage into law, a city councilman had a chance to break out a long-awaited wedding cake and officials were already speculating how much revenue would come from the legislation. By a 33-29 vote, the state Legislature passed the controversial measure late Friday night to end the summer session, drawing [...]

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Gun buyback aims to make summer safer

Posted by Ivan Pereira in District 14, State Senate on June 23, 2011 | No Comments

The police, clergy, big business and elected officials announced this weekend that they will be cleaning the city streets of illegal guns to make communities safer this summer. A massive, five-borough gun buyback program will be initiated in the next few weeks that will pool the resources of various sectors, according to state Sen. Malcolm [...]

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Smith introduces bills to safeguard hard-hit SE Queens from bad loans

Posted by Ivan Pereira in District 14, State Senate on June 9, 2011 | No Comments

Two bills are in the works in the state Legislature that would curb the number of fraudulent loans that have helped cripple the housing market in southeast Queens, and housing advocates in the community said it is a much-needed help to a problem that shows no signs of subsiding. The Senate unanimously passed two bills [...]

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Atty. general investigating Sen. Huntley

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Assembly, Attorney General, Congress, District 10, District 14, District 32, District 6, State Senate, Statewide Offices, U.S. House on March 24, 2011 | No Comments

Taxpayer money that was distributed to education groups with close ties to state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) has caught the state attorney general’s eye, according to a published report. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued subpoenas to the nonprofit Parent Information Network Inc., which is run by Huntley’s daughter Pamela Corley, and another group called [...]