I warned mayor about Haggerty: Ragusa

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Mayor on June 28, 2010 | No Comments

Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa said he tried to dissuade Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign last year from dealing with GOP operative and Forest Hills resident John Haggerty Jr., who was indicted earlier this month on allegations he stole $1.1 million of the mayor’s money and lied to Bloomberg that the money would go to poll watching and ballot security operations.


So you want to run for office? Join the club

Posted by Connor Adams Sheets in Making of a Candidate on June 16, 2010 | No Comments

Paying dues is the key to making it onto the northeast Queens political map, Democrat and Republican political operatives say, unless a potential candidate has serious money and connections.


Republican operative John Haggerty indicted

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices, Mayor on June 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

High-profile Queens Republican campaign operative John Haggerty Jr. was indicted Monday by a Manhattan grand jury for allegedly stealing $1.1 million funneled to him through Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year, the Manhattan district attorney said. Haggerty, of 115 Greenway Ave. North in Forest Hills, faces up to 44 years in prison if convicted on charges [...]


Queens GOP dumps Mermel, backs Lazio for governor

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Governor on June 10, 2010 | No Comments

And you thought Elizabeth Taylor was fickle? The Queens GOP is changing its endorsements for governor like Taylor changes husbands. The party made its fourth endorsement for governor shortly after the end of last week’s state Republican convention, deciding to back former Long Island Congressman Rick Lazio, whom they originally endorsed before they dumped him [...]


County GOP switches backing for guv – again

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Governor on June 3, 2010 | No Comments

The Queens GOP is having commitment problems. After initially endorsing former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio for governor, the Queens County Republican Party reversed its decision last month in favor of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, who abandoned the Democratic Party to run as a Republican. Now the party has withdrawn its backing of Levy [...]

Queens GOP said Halloran’s religion will have no bearing on Council race

Posted by Nathan Duke in City Council, District 19 on September 17, 2009 | 2 Comments

Northeast Queens Republicans said District 19 City Council contender Dan Halloran’s adherence to a pagan religion would have no bearing on his race against Kevin Kim, who defeated his five opponents in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Vince Tabone, executive vice chairman of the Queens County Republican Party and spokesman for Halloran’s campaign, said he was [...]