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Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

Queens leaders back Gillibrand

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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.

Friedrich will challenge Weprin for Assembly seat

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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.

Danny Dromm celebrates inauguration to City Council

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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.

City backs Superfund status for Newtown

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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.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010

Guv warns Legislature of ‘winter of reckoning’

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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.

Block buster! State moves to close roads around Yards arena

The Brooklyn Paper
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.

Onorato to retire, Gianaris to run for his Senate seat

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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.

Ackerman under fire on two fronts

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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).

Cell mates: Thompson did big favor for Bloomy at House of D

The Brooklyn Paper
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.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2010

Singh denies Friedrich endorsement for Assembly

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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.

New year, new Bronx politics

Bronx Times-Reporter
The Bronx: Klein eyes A.G. run; Bronx to nab eight City Council committees Comment.

Board of Elections chooses vendor for new voting machines

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Eight years after the federal government ordered states to update their voting machines with new electronic devices, the city Board of Elections selected a vendor Tuesday in a vote. Comment.

Drop in tax revenues means state is out of cash: DiNapoli

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The state will probably be forced to borrow from its other funds to continue paying its bills, officials said Monday as they tallied up the last of 2009’s tax revenue. Comment.

Guv to pick Aqueduct bidder soon

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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.

Ex-Assemblyman Grodenchik named deputy borough president

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Queens Borough President: Borough President Helen Marshall appointed former state Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik as her new deputy borough president Tuesday. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

Gowanus and Newtown not created equal

Mayor: What’s good for Newtown isn’t good enough for Gowanus — and some observers are wondering why. Comments (1).

Marty’s ‘Rose’ thorn: Put affordable housing promise in writing

The Brooklyn Paper
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.

Councilmember Levin sets the tone for his freshman term

Council District 33: Newly elected 33rd District City Councilmember Steve Levin is vowing to hit the ground running - or at least enter the fray with his eyes open. Comment.

Councilman Williams: Lets bring everyone together

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.

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

Bklyn’s in the house: De Blasio takes new Advocate position by storm

Public Advocate: When he packed his bags and headed over to Centre Street in lower Manhattan last week, Bill de Blasio made sure he took a bucket full of Brooklyn moxie with him. Comment.

Simcha Felder steps down to work for comptroller

Council District 44: In an unexpected move, popular City Councilmember Simcha Felder resigned his post to join incoming Comptroller John Liu as a Deputy Comptroller of Budget and Accounting. Comment.

Our opinion: So long Simcha; thumbs down to Dear

Council District 44: In a world where city politics is often seen as a blood sport, City Councilmember Simcha Felder is a class act. Comment.

Brooklyn a big player in New York’s tourism success

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

Liu breaks racial barrier, takes oath as comptroller

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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.

Koslowitz back on City Council

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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.

Halloran sworn in as GOP councilman for northeast Queens

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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.

Queens students ring in 2010 with mayor

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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.

Guv expected to propose major ethics reform

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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.

Bloomberg inaugurated for third term

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Mayor: Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sworn in Friday afternoon for a controversial third term as the city’s most powerful official during a chilly ceremony in the shadow of City Hall. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Sources: Dom’s in! Recchia snares top council position

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 Politics: Class of ‘09 Awards

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.

The Domino does not fall as city begins review of $1.2B project

The Brooklyn Paper
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.