Police investigate the murder in the Ditmars section of Astoria last week.

Gianaris, Vallone call for police action after Astoria murders

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 12, State Senate on August 5, 2010 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) called on the city Police Department last week to add officers to the 114th Precinct following a recent rash of murders, while City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has asked the city to prevent homeless people from sleeping in Astoria Park.

Koch endorses Carolyn Maloney

Posted by Nathan Duke in District 14, U.S. House on July 22, 2010 | No Comments

“She’s the kind of responsive, independent and tenacious representative New Yorkers need,” Koch said in a personal letter.

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Frei-Pearson names people’s welfare, good gov’t top priorities in Assembly run

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, District 36 on June 16, 2010 | No Comments

Astoria Democrat Jeremiah Frei-Pearson said he has fought powerful interests and gotten results for the residents of his neighborhood and plans to do the same if chosen by voters as the replacement for state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall.

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Simotas aims to give western Queens bigger voice in Albany

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, District 36 on June 10, 2010 | No Comments

Astoria’s Aravella Simotas said she would focus on expanding health care options and improving education in western Queens if she is chosen to replace state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall. Simotas, 31, a Manhattan litigator and Community Board 1 member, is one of two Democrats running in the race for Gianaris’ seat. She will [...]

Keep W train: West Qns. pols

Posted by Nathan Duke in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Council, District 19, District 22, District 36 on December 23, 2009 | No Comments

Astoria’s elected officials blasted the city’s decision to shut down its W train service last week, saying thousands of western Queens residents rely on the subway to commute to Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Dec. 16 in favor of subway service cuts that would include eliminating Astoria’s W train completely in the spring. The [...]

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Vallone wants softer rules on parking

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 22 on November 25, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he will continue to push for laws that protect city residents from overzealous traffic agents after the Council passed one bill he sponsored that would give a grace period for alternate side street parking. Vallone said he co-sponsored two bills after hearing stories of traffic agents in Astoria [...]