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Van Bramer’s family once homeless

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 29, 2014 | No Comments

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer stands outside childhood home in Woodside.

After watching and reading accounts of protests and town hall meetings against new homeless shelters in East Elmhurst and Elmhurst, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) kept quiet because the controversy lay outside his district. Then he decided to act after taking part in an administration meeting at City Hall, where a deputy mayor spoke [...]

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Dems recruit Liu to depose incumbent

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Despite a deal between the mainline Democrats and the Independent Democratic Conference to reunite, former city Comptroller John Liu said his primary opponent, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is not to be trusted. In February, the incumbent joined the IDC, which controls the Senate with Republicans, angering Queens Democrats and sparking Liu’s challenge. “You can [...]

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Richards shows constituents how to spend $1M

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 | No Comments

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There is nothing like a good experience to push one to repeat it. That’s why City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is moving along with his participatory budgeting efforts. After his experience in Far Rockaway last year, Richards decided to provide the same opportunity for his Rosedale, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens constituents. In response, he held [...]

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Addabbo honors area veterans with Howard Beach barbecue

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 | No Comments

Guests gather for a veterans cookout hosted by State Sen. Joseph Addabbo.

Dozens of veterans gathered in Howard Beach Saturday for a cookout hosted by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) thrown in honor of their service to their country. Addabbo said his annual veteran’s barbecue, which he said he has held every year since being elected to the Senate, is his office’s way of showing its [...]

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Avella unveils economic improvement plan

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 22, 2014 | No Comments

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State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced an economic plan this week aimed at bettering the lives of Queens residents through initiatives such as helping small businesses and improving transportation infrastructure. Joined by several small business owners and members of local civic groups, Avella unveiled his six-point “Made in Queens” plan Tuesday outside Cascarino’s Pizzeria in [...]

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De Blasio signs off on ‘Avonte’s Law’

Posted by in Uncategorized on August 15, 2014 | No Comments

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Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law last week which will require schools with small and disabled children to consider installing door alarms. The piece of legislation, known as “Avonte’s Law,” was introduced to the City Council in the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who wandered off [...]

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