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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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Assemblymen urge restoration of LIRR Rockaway Line

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 23, District 38 on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

Two state assemblyman and transit advocates are pushing for the old Rockaway Beach line of the Long Island Rail Road to run trains again after a 50-year absence. Rehabilitating the line would ease the commutes of those in southern Queens, Assemblymen Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) said Friday as they stood in [...]

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Raise NY gambling age to 21: Addabbo

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 15, Governor, State Senate on January 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said he supports raising the legal age to gamble to 21 from 18, saying the move would limit the number of youngsters with gambling addictions. “I believe the time is right to address the issues of gambling through raising awareness and legislation,” Addabbo said in a statement Monday. The [...]

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Guv presents budget in boro

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 22, District 6, Governor, U.S. House on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

After his Albany address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his budget plan for a second time in Flushing last Thursday morning, which had many Queens officials in the audience nodding their heads in agreement. Aside from a Queens College professor claiming to represent the “99 percent,” the audience largely hung on the governor’s words as he [...]

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Cuomo unveils his vision for new convention center

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 15, Governor, State Senate on January 12, 2012 | No Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants the Aqueduct racino in South Ozone Park to be the site of the nation’s largest convention center during his State of the State address last week. Cuomo said convention centers are “economic generators” and the Javits Center in Manhattan is not big enough to attract the best shows and [...]

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Addabbo wants more gambling at Aqueduct

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in District 15, State Senate on October 6, 2011 | No Comments

With public opinion on his side, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said Monday he is working with the operators of the Aqueduct racino to bring full-fledged gambling to the site and the rest of the state. A Quinnipiac poll from Sept. 21 found 56 percent of state voters favor the creation of casinos “similar [...]