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NE Qns weighs fracking

Posted by Phil Corso in District 11, Governor, State Senate on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

One side looked to oil, while another looked to water when the Douglaston Civic Association hosted a hydrofracking debate forum last Thursday night. Proponents of the oil extraction procedure spoke alongside opponents, including state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), to a crowded and engaged group at the meeting. The senator was one of three speakers to [...]

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Boro lawmaker hopes guv vetoes district lines

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

The state Legislature drafted bills for a new set of maps that would define political boundaries in the state Assembly and state Senate for the next decade, but Queens lawmakers were still hopeful Gov. Andrew Cuomo would veto them. An initial proposal for the new lines in the Assembly and Senate was released earlier this [...]

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Astoria pols draft tough sex perv bill

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 12, District 36, State Senate on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

Astoria’s state legislators have drafted and have made significant strides in passing a bill that they said would close a gap in a law punishing repeat sex offenders. Under the current laws, sex offenders who strike multiple times within 10 years are classified as persistent sexual offenders. This means they are subject to harsher punishments [...]

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Roosevelt in Jax Hts fake ID haven: Pol

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, District 13, District 39, State Senate on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) have introduced legislation into both houses that Peralta said could help fight crimes that begin in Queens and spread throughout the tri-state area. “Fake IDs is one of the biggest issues at hand on Roosevelt Avenue,” Peralta said. The new legislation would [...]

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Crime rise sets off call for cops

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 15, Governor, State Senate on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

With the 106th Precinct battling a surge in property crimes and the prospect of a convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) wants the precinct to be assigned more officers. Addabbo wrote to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly earlier this month, asking for more police protection in the area, which covers South [...]

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USPS plans to shut College Pt. facility

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 16, State Senate on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

A Queens lawmaker is furious that the U.S. Postal Service has decided to close its College Point processing facility and move operations to its Brooklyn location unless Congress comes up with an alternate solution by mid-May. Last week’s decision came after the USPS concluded a five-month study into consolidating processing centers around the country, but [...]