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With primary behind her, Chou sizes up new foes

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 24, 2009 | 8 Comments

After eking out a victory in the Queens Democratic primary for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat last week, Yen Chou is looking forward. Although many candidates in her place have little to worry about in heavily Democratic New York City, Chou could face another challenging race. Chou won the tight race for the Democratic [...]

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Newcomers crash Queens Democratic Party

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 19, District 20, District 25, District 26, District 28 on September 23, 2009 | 2 Comments

Queens residents cut the cord that towed the Democratic Party line in last week’s primary elections, and while some say politics in the borough is in a state of upheaval, the long-dominant political machine says it is as strong as ever. There were 10 primaries for City Council seats in Queens Sept. 15, six of [...]

Choe to head back to work for Liu, Jung not ruling out general election run [UPDATE]

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 17, 2009 | No Comments

After a surprisingly bruising defeat in the Democratic primary for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, John Choe said he will return to his former boss’ office as his chief of staff in the near future. Yen Chou won the tight race for the Democratic nomination on Tuesday with 25 percent of the vote, edging [...]

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Yen Chou successfully navigates turbulent primary in Flushing

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

After a stormy summer of politics in Flushing, when the dust settled Tuesday Yen Chou emerged victorious, edging out Isaac Sasson and S.J. Jung to win the race for the Democratic nomination for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, unofficial election results showed. “This campaign wasn’t based on endorsements and we proved that the people [...]

Korean turnout high but interpreters are hard to come by, advocates say

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 19, District 20 on September 15, 2009 | No Comments

Exit pollers from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, which is monitoring polling sites across the city, said they are seeing a high voter turnout among Korean Americans but a dearth of interpreters. Glen Magpantay, an attorney with the advocacy group, said Board of Elections officials are struggling to deal with an uptick in the [...]

Choe, Jung, Wu head into Dist. 20 primaries with newspaper endorsements

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on September 11, 2009 | 3 Comments

With just four days remaining before the Sept. 15 Democratic primary, three candidates for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat have picked up newspaper endorsements heading into the home stretch. John Choe received the endorsement from the TimesLedger Newspapers (which runs the Queens Campaigner), S.J. Jung received the support of the New York Times and [...]