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Halloran OK’d to travel while he waits for trial

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 14, State Senate on March 7, 2014 | No Comments

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Looking for work, willing (and now able) to travel. Indicted former City Councilman Dan Halloran has been granted permission to travel up and down the Eastern Seaboard and to Texas in order to find work as he waits for his federal corruption trial to begin. “Mr. Halloran intends to travel to the above locations to [...]

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Katz lauds booming LIC

Posted by Bill Parry in Borough President, City Council, City Offices, District 26 on March 7, 2014 | No Comments

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Borough President Melinda Katz proclaimed that visitors to New York who don’t venture into Queens haven’t seen the real New York City last week in a speech to more than a hundred Long Island City movers and shakers. Katz was the featured speaker at the LIC Partnership’s annual breakfast forum at the CUNY Law School [...]

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Weprin wants hazing redefined

Posted by Kelsey Durham in Assembly, District 11, District 24, State Senate on February 28, 2014 | No Comments

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State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Weprin held a news conference Sunday afternoon outside Baruch College, at [...]

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Richards allocates $2.5M in Mandela tech grant

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 31 on February 28, 2014 | No Comments

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A city councilman from southeast Queens wants Nelson Mandela to continue to inspire young students. Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) met with students and school staff in Springfield Gardens earlier this week to announce he had allocated $2.5 million to schools in his district in the name of the late civil rights activist. “I thought it [...]

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Cuomo asks state to fund college for prison inmates

Posted by Kelsey Durham in Assembly, District 11, District 25, Governor, State Senate on February 21, 2014 | No Comments

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Two state lawmakers from Queens had mixed reactions this week to news of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative that would allow inmates to earn a college degree while serving their prison sentences. The proposal, announced Feb. 16, would use state dollars to fund college classes in 10 prisons across New York, one in each major region, [...]

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Katz urges library to review prez’s salary

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Borough President, City Offices, District 11, State Senate on February 21, 2014 | No Comments

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Borough President Melinda Katz delivered a list of recommendations to the Queens Library’s board of trustees in response to the ever-growing controversy ?enveloping library President Thomas Galante over executive compensation. Katz, who will appoint half of the library’s trustees?, wrote a letter earlier this week to board Chairman Gabriel Taussig listing her recommendations after a [...]

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