State Sen. Frank Padavan casts his vote at PS 178. Photo by Christina Santucci

Padavan fights election results

Posted by Anna Gustafson and Connor Adams Sheets in District 11, State Senate on November 4, 2010 | No Comments

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) filed a motion in Queens Civil Courthouse Wednesday to impound voting machines and ballots in his district after his Democratic challenger Tony Avella ended his 38-year reign in Albany by a margin of about 3,000 votes, according to city Board of Elections results.

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Sign hospital bill, boro pols urge guv

Posted by Ivan Pereira in Assembly, District 10, District 25, Governor, State Senate on September 30, 2010 | No Comments

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) appeared in front of the former site of Mary Immaculate Hospital Friday to urge the governor to sign a bill they sponsored that would help New York communities that face similar health-care voids.

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Pols slam Paterson for CUNY board veto

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Assembly, District 16, District 25, Governor, State Senate on September 30, 2010 | No Comments

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) lambasted Gov. David Paterson this week for vetoing legislation they sponsored that they said would result in more objective State University of New York and City University of New York boards of trustees.

Gillibrand talks shop in Elmhurst

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Congress, U.S. Senate on August 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is not one to stand quietly on the sidelines when playing softball. She will egg on her competitors, becoming one of the loudest voices in the game, the senator said at The Georgia Diner in Elmhurst Thursday. “I’m a heckler,” Gillibrand, who pitches, said at a meeting with reporters. “I’m a trash talker. I’m a New Yorker.”

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Queens pols divided but far from ecstatic about state budget

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 11, District 15, District 28, Governor, State Senate on August 11, 2010 | No Comments

State legislators passed a budget four months late and the response from Queens elected officials has ranged from lukewarm approval to outrage.

Court dismisses Aqueduct lawsuit

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Governor on July 29, 2010 | No Comments

AEC, formerly known as Aqueduct Entertainment Group, sued the state in Schenectady Supreme Court – a suburb of Albany – after the Lottery decided not to grant the consortium a gaming license. Scrutiny of AEC intensified after it was awarded the VLT contract due to the involvement of influential southeast Queens minister the Rev. Floyd Flake, who had a 0.06 percent stake in the group.