Political Newswire

New reading garden planned in Bellerose

Posted by Kelsey Durham in District 11, State Senate on August 8, 2014 | No Comments

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After being closed off for more than 10 years, a green area behind PS 133 in Bellerose will once again be opened to the public as a community reading garden. Members of the community joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at the school, at 248-05 86th Ave., to announce a $250,000 funding allocation that will [...]

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Semple booted from race for Smith’s seat

Posted by Juan Soto in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 14, District 27, District 27, State Senate on August 8, 2014 | No Comments

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Cyber security expert Bernadette Semple was thrown off the ballot in the September Democratic primary to unseat indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). “I am very disappointed,” she said. “People in the district I grew up in deserve to have choices, and in this case they don’t have them.” Semple will decide whether to fight [...]

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Beechhurst resident fights to keep seawall

Posted by Alex Robinson in District 11, State Senate on August 1, 2014 | No Comments

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A Beechhurst resident has been locked in a years-long struggle with the state Department of Environmental Conservation over his seawall, which he claims protected his waterfront property when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the city’s coast. Al Risi built his seawall almost two decades ago after he first bought the property, but did so without the necessary [...]

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Avonte’s Law passes City Council, 48-0

Posted by Alex Robinson in City Council, City Offices, Congress, U.S. Senate on August 1, 2014 | No Comments

Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte Oquendo’s mother,

The City Council last week overwhelmingly passed Avonte’s Law, a bill that will require the city Department of Education to install door alarms in schools that accommodate elementary school children. Councilman Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn) drafted the bill after Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy with autism, was found dead on the College Point shore months after [...]

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Crowley’s new bill encourages workers to use Citi Bike

Posted by Bill Parry in Assembly, Congress, District 14, District 16, District 39, State Senate, U.S. House on July 25, 2014 | No Comments

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U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) rode a Citi Bike onto Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, where he announced new legislation that would allow workers to use their pre-tax commuter benefits for bike share programs. The Bike to Work Act of 2014 promotes greater usage of Citi Bike, increases revenue for the program and helps [...]

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GOP politico Haggerty returns to prison

Posted by Sarina Trangle in City Offices, Mayor on July 25, 2014 | No Comments

Bart (l.) and John Haggerty – must check focus page on 10/01/09

Queens’ GOP operative John Haggerty is back behind bars, the Manhattan DA said. Haggerty headed back to prison Monday after losing an appeal of his 2011 election embezzlement scheme in June, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office. The DA said Haggerty was initially sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years. He has served [...]

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