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Liu defends his indicted Flushing campaign treasurer

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu defended his campaign treasurer and described his political future in hazy terms in a recent interview, even as he kept on producing audits on city agencies. Liu strongly defended Jia “Jenny” Hou, the 25-year-old Flushing treasurer of his campaign who was arrested on charges of wire fraud and could face 60 [...]

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Judge set to hear suit on extra Senate seat

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 16, State Senate on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run. The suit was filed in January by a group of citizens and state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), and if State Supreme [...]

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Queens delegation split over redistricting

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, District 12, District 24, District 25, District 27, District 29, District 36, Governor, State Senate on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

The contentious redistricting process that changed political representation in Queens came to a close Monday when a federal judge signed off on the new congressional lines, days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo did the same at the state level. Queens lawmakers from the state Assembly largely voted to approve the state lines, while those from the [...]

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Nadler slams federal bill as killer of city transit funds

Posted by Philip Newman in City Council, City Offices, Congress, U.S. House on March 22, 2012 | No Comments

Legislation recently introduced by the U.S. House of Representatives is “a Draconian and unacceptable blow to transit funding in New York City and the nation,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn) told the City Council Transportation Committee last week. Although the measure has since been withdrawn in the House and the U.S. Senate has passed its own [...]

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Ackerman awarded for support on protecting rights of animals

Posted by Phil Corso in Congress, District 5, U.S. House on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) was honored this month for his legislative leadership on animal protection, courtesy of the Humane Society and on behalf of supporters in the 5th Congressional District. The group presented Ackerman with the Humane Champion Award with its affiliate, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, for earning a perfect score on the [...]

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Boro lawmaker hopes guv vetoes district lines

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

The state Legislature drafted bills for a new set of maps that would define political boundaries in the state Assembly and state Senate for the next decade, but Queens lawmakers were still hopeful Gov. Andrew Cuomo would veto them. An initial proposal for the new lines in the Assembly and Senate was released earlier this [...]