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Gay marriage passage hits home in Sunnyside, Jax Hts.

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 10, District 11, District 12, District 13, District 15, District 24, District 25, District 26, District 7, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on December 29, 2011 | No Comments

Before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill June 24 that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York state, Astoria LGBT activist Brendan Fay and his husband, Dr. Thomas Moulton, helped same-sex couples in New York cross the border into Canada or into neighboring states to get married. Now he receives messages from people in Ireland [...]

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GOP proposes own redistricting plans for Assembly, Senate

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 14, District 15, District 16, State Senate on November 24, 2011 | No Comments

State Republicans have been quietly shopping around a map of proposed legislative lines as part of the upcoming redistricting, as Queens minority groups have been advocating for lines of their own. The GOP blueprint is still in its infancy, according to a Republican source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the first draft of [...]

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Avella bill would give state say in large land deals

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Attorney General, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 23, State Comptroller, State Senate, Statewide Offices on October 20, 2011 | No Comments

Inspired by the controversial sale of Creedmoor land to the Indian Cultural and Community Center, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) penned legislation that would require the state attorney general and state comptroller to review and approve all land sales worth $100,000 and higher to private companies. The state Dormitory Authority sold a 4 1/2-acre parcel [...]

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Stavisky district lines act as Rorschach test

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 16, Governor, State Senate on October 6, 2011 | No Comments

The Queens lawmaker who has one of the most clearly contorted boundary lines in the borough wants to take redistricting power out of the hands of politicians. When state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) looks at her coverage area, she sees “a Rorschach test for troubled people.” It is barely contiguous, which is required by the [...]

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Avella says Albany suits him

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 11, Mayor, State Senate on September 29, 2011 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) may be one of 62 senators, but the lawmaker said he has a stronger voice among his colleagues than when he was on the City Council, where he was one of 51 legislators — 48 of them Democrats. “I have more influence in Albany than I’ve had in the City [...]

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City pols praise Padavan’s work at Qns. Village dinner

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 15, District 19, District 20, District 33, State Senate on March 3, 2011 | No Comments

Former state Sen. Frank Padavan was his usual self at a Queens Village Republican Club dinner held in his honor Sunday after the political veteran suffered a minor stroke at his home late last month. Padavan spoke toward the end of the evening and doled out many thanks to his friends and family, along with [...]