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Queens GOP split on prez

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 32 on March 1, 2012 | No Comments

As Republicans from around the country struggle to get behind a Republican presidential candidate, so too do Queens elected officials and former officeholders, according to a list of GOP delegates released last week by the city Board of Elections. Of the four current or former elected officials who are delegates to the 2012 Republican convention [...]


Ragusa meets with Gingrich at Staten Island event

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 32, U.S. House on December 8, 2011 | No Comments

Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich met with Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa during a stop in Staten Island Saturday, and while Ragusa heaped glowing praise on the former House speaker, he stopped short of backing him. Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman and House speaker in the early 1990s, vaulted past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney [...]


Queens GOP infighting ends with Ragusa win

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices on November 3, 2011 | No Comments

A Queens Supreme Court judge put an end to the leadership dispute between warring factions of the Queens Republican Party last week when he ruled that Phil Ragusa is the rightful chairman of the party. A group loyal to Ragusa fought with another group led by Bart Haggerty, who contended former City Councilman Tom Ognibene [...]


Qns. GOP factions head to court to settle dispute over leadership

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 32 on October 6, 2011 | No Comments

Two factions within the Queens Republican Party each elected their own chairman last week, setting up a court battle over who is the party’s legitimate leader. Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, who is recognized by the state GOP, was re-elected during a reorganizational meeting at Reception House in Flushing Sept. 28. Former City Councilman Tom [...]

Bart (l.) and John Haggerty – must check focus page on 10/01/09

Jury selection set to start Monday in theft case against Haggerty

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices, Mayor on September 15, 2011 | No Comments

Jury selection was expected to begin Monday in the trial of Forest Hills Republican political operative and Bloomberg campaign volunteer John Haggerty, who is accused of stealing $1.1 million of the mayor’s money for a phony poll watching operation. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg was running for a third term in 2009, he donated $1.1 million [...]

DeSena assembly Seat, Courtesy Marco DeSena

GOP picks district leader Marco DeSena to run for Albany

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, District 27 on July 21, 2011 | No Comments

The Queens GOP has tapped former Republican district leader and communications consultant Marco DeSena to run against Democrat Mike Simanowitz in the race to replace former state Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, who retired in April after nearly 30 years in Albany. DeSena, 30, is also an adjunct professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. Queens GOP Chairman [...]