Political Newswire

Avella scores union nod in re-election bid

Posted by Alex Robinson in City Offices, District 11, Mayor, State Senate on July 11, 2014 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella and former Comptroller John Liu

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) won a big ally in his re-election campaign Tuesday when Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the two-term incumbent. De Blasio made the endorsement in the wake of an agreement between the Independent Democratic Conference, which Avella is a part of, and mainline Democrats to form a new governing coalition in [...]

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Comrie stockpiles support and money to unseat Smith

Posted by Juan Soto in Assembly, Borough President, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 14, District 27, District 30, District 34, State Senate, U.S. House on July 11, 2014 | No Comments

Councilman Leroy Comrie speaks at Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s inauguration.

Leroy Comrie’s campaign for embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith seat is gaining momentum. He is accumulating support, endorsements and money. Last week, some Queens power brokers held a cocktail reception for the ex-councilman at a Long Island City restaurant. Some of the attendees included Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Democratic Party Chairman U.S. Rep. Joe [...]

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City dollars flow to NE Qns

Posted by Kelsey Durham in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 19, Mayor, State Senate on July 3, 2014 | No Comments

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Just a few months ?after the City Council passed a historic reform package that included changes to the discretionary funding process, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) touted a 2015 fiscal year budget that included nearly three times more funding for his Council district than the area had seen in the past few years. The $75 billion [...]

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Ognibene named on petitions as potential rival of Addabbo

Posted by Sarina Trangle in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 15, District 32, District 37, State Senate on July 3, 2014 | No Comments

Tom Ognibene

Former City Councilman Tom Ognibene’s name has been circulating on petitions as a Republican contender for state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Howard Beach) seat. The western Queens GOP leader has not yet filed a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections specific to the pursuit of the 15th Senate District, which encompasses most of [...]

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Pols pass Queens Library reform

Posted by Alex Robinson in Assembly, Borough President, City Offices, District 11, District 12, District 35, Governor, State Senate on June 27, 2014 | No Comments

Melinda Katz and Jeff Aubry

State lawmakers set political differences aside last week to make sure the state Legislature passed a Queens Library reform bill. Once Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, it will reform the library’s board of trustees, giving the mayor and borough president power to remove board members. The bill was authored by state Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry [...]

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Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa dies

Posted by Kelsey Durham in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 20, District 32, District 6, State Senate, U.S. House on June 27, 2014 | No Comments

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Politicians across the borough expressed sadness this week following the passing of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, who died Tuesday night after a battle with leukemia, the party said. The 74-year-old accountant, who lived in Whitestone, had headed the Republican party in the borough since 2007, according to party spokesman Robert Hornak. He was re-elected [...]

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