By Howard Koplowitz, ivan pereira and jeremy walsh
Queens: If former Tennessee U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. decides to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), he will be hard-pressed to find support for his candidacy in southeast Queens. Comment.
Queens: After losing his bid for the City Council to Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Hollis) in the fall, Bob Friedrich announced last week he would run again for office against another member of the Weprin family. Comment.
Council District 25: City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and close to 600 residents celebrated the inauguration of one of the first two openly gay politicians to represent Queens with spirited speeches by government officials and a performance by one of the original Village People to mark the beginning of a tenure expected to help meet the needs of an increasingly diverse district. Comment.
Queens: The city has agreed to go along with environmentalists and federal elected officials, endorsing the designation of Newtown Creek as a federal Superfund site, but officials are worried about the effects the move will have on businesses eking out an existence along the toxic waterway. Comment.
Gov. David Paterson struck a somber note in his second State of the State address as he chastised special interest groups and legislators alike following a year of ballooning deficits and bitter conflict. Comment.
Atlantic Yards: The construction of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards will enter a new phase next month when three major streets are permanently wiped off the New York City grid to accommodate the developer’s basketball arena. Comment.
Queens: State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he will run for George Onorato’s (D-Astoria) seat this fall after the longtime senator for western Queens announced earlier this week that he will not seek re-election. Comment.
Queens: A group of Nassau County and Queens residents bearing American flags and signs protested against U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) outside his Northern Boulevard-based district office in Bayside, criticizing his stances on the economy and national security. Comments (3).
Brooklyn: On his final day in office, then-Comptroller Bill Thompson bowed to the mayor’s wishes and quietly approved a contract that paves the way for the controversial expansion and reopening of the Brooklyn House of Detention in Boerum Hill. Comment.
Council District 23: Sikh community leader Swaranjit Singh is accusing Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich, his opponent in the 2009 City Council Democratic primary, of mailing out fund-raising letters to Sikhs saying he has Singh’s endorsement for a possible run for the state Assembly. Comment.
Queens: After months of delays, Gov. David Paterson said Friday he will announce his choice of a group to install and operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track within the next week in a move that could help rescue the financially troubled New York Racing Association. Comment.
Brooklyn: Borough President Markowitz has rejected a developer’s bid for an 800-unit apartment complex on the South Williamsburg waterfront — unless the builders set aside 100 more below-market-rate units than they originally promised. Comment.
Council District 45: As he looks forward to his first 100 days in office, Flatlands Councilmember Jumaane Williams wants to make sure that everyone, from the elderly tenant to precinct commanding officer, all sit at the same table. Comment.
Mayor: A Brooklyn eatery that has benefited from the city’s tourism efforts took center stage as Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced two upcoming promotions designed to encourage travelers to choose New York for a winter getaway. Comment.
Comptroller: History was made on the steps of City Hall Friday morning as John Liu, the outgoing two-term Flushing Councilman, was sworn in as city comptroller, making him the first Asian American to take citywide office. Comment.
Council District 29: Sitting in her new 17th-floor office overlooking an expansive view that includes Citi Field and the Manhattan skyline, City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) joked it will be easy for her to conduct her own Queens Boulevard traffic study. Comment.
Queens: Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) celebrated Sunday his election to his first term as city councilman for northeast Queens in the company of the elite of Queens politics from both sides of the ideological aisle at the Fort Totten Officer’s Club in Bayside. Comment.
Mayor: For Townsend Harris High School senior Jeannette Raymond, being chosen to help lower the Times Square ball to usher in the new decade was especially good news for the Astoria resident who had just lost her father to cancer and is helping to care for her mother with Alzheimer’s. Comment.
Gov. David Paterson was slated to plunge ahead with a dramatic state ethics reform package Wednesday, calling for a revamp to the state Legislature’s oversight commission, public campaign finance for state elections and term limits for state elected officials. Comment.
Brooklyn: Coney Island City Councilmember Domenic Recchia will be named chair of the Council’s finance committee, according to sources close to negotiations with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Comment.
Brooklyn: While the words “class” and “politics” are rarely found together, we at Courier-Life see this time of year as a graduation of sorts for all of the local legislators who once proudly graced this page and will now be moving on (chin up, Dave Yassky!) That being said, here is the first Brooklyn Politics Graduation Edition with our soon-to-be annual class awards! And our awards go to... Comment.
Council District 33: The $1.2-billion redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar factory — which calls for several skyscrapers surrounding a historic refinery building with a glass-walled penthouse along the Williamsburg waterfront — moved forward on Monday, as city officials deemed it ready to enter the eight-month public review phase. Comment.