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April 30, 2010: Vol. 2, No. 16
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Friday, April 30, 2010

New generation reboots Astoria’s Taminent Club

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Queens: Western Queens Democrats are hoping that a longtime Astoria political club’s recent face-lift will lure the community’s younger residents to become active in politics. Comment.

Two Dems join race for Mike Miller seat

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Assembly District 38: Two would-be candidates in the race to replace former state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio have joined forces in an attempt to oust Seminerio’s successor, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), in the September Democratic primary. Comment.

Maloney efforts pave way for Sikhs to wear turbans in Army

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Queens: City and congressional officials honored two Sikh U.S. Army officers who have been granted permission to wear their turbans and beards while on duty in what City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) said “typified how it’s possible to serve our country without compromising religious custom.” Comment.

Gennaro cheers new drilling rules

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Council District 24: City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and other New York officials cheered a decision by the state last week that would make it difficult for any company to drill in the upstate area that supplies drinking water to about 9 million residents in the city and Westchester County. Comment.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Queens blasts Arizona law  

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Council District 21: Queens lawmakers and activists railed against Arizona’s new immigration law, saying the legislation has cast a shadow of fear in the immigrant communities that make up about half of the borough’s population and highlights the need for a massive overhaul of the country’s immigration system. Comment.

Beep backs Flushing Commons development

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Queens Borough President: Borough President Helen Marshall officially recommended the City Council approve an application to allow the construction of the Flushing Commons and Macedonia Plaza mixed-use development projects. Comments (1).

Smith hosts meeting to discuss city jobs

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Queens Borough President: With unemployment still high in New York City, elected officials in the borough said corporations and nonprofits must come up with new ways to get displaced workers back on their feet and working again. Comment.

CB 13 can’t take stance on swastika mailing

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Queens: City lawyers advised Community Board 13 that taking a stand one way or another on the controversial hate crime mailing from state Assemblyman David Weprin’s (D-Little Neck) campaign earlier this year would be “inappropriate.” Comment.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Liu slams Flushing Commons for cutting parking

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Comptroller: City Comptroller and former Flushing Councilman John Liu took an hour out of his schedule at his Manhattan office last Thursday afternoon to answer Queens reporters’ questions and tout his accomplishments since becoming the first Asian American elected to citywide office 105 days earlier. Comment.

Powell will run for Rangel’s seat 

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Queens: State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV (D-Manhattan) announced recently that he planned to challenge U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Ditmars) for his congressional seat. Comment.

Lancman bill to reduce corporate sway over politics  

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Queens: As a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate restrictions on corporate spending on political campaigns and advertising, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) introduced legislation last week that attempts to curb the influence companies have on politics. Comment.

Firehouses safe in NE Queens so far: Halloran

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Council District 19: City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) said city budget cuts could likely force firehouses throughout the five boroughs to shut down, but sites in his district have not been targeted at this point. Comment.

Biz compensation key issue in Flushing projects

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Queens Borough President: Borough President Helen Marshall held a public hearing Tuesday morning on two large-scale, mixed-use development projects proposed for construction in the heart of downtown Flushing. Comment.

President Obama endorses Maloney

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Queens: U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) received a key endorsement last week as President Barack Obama threw his weight behind her bid to retain the congressional seat she has held for 18 years. Comment.

Senator lauds biz energy plan  

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Assembly District 38: State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined Con Edison and small business advocates outside a Glendale flag store last week to tout the benefits of programs from utilities that help businesses lower their energy costs. Comment.

Simotas leads money race by 4-to-1 margin

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Queens: Two young Democrats who work as Manhattan attorneys will face off this fall in the race to replace Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) as the state assembly member for Astoria. Comments (1).

Monday, April 19, 2010

Oh, Dear! Disgraced Noach gets promotion and raise

A corrupt and anti-gay former City Councilman who managed to win a Civil Court seat two years after embarrassed Democratic party officials backed him so that he would stop running for public office, has actually been promoted. Comments (1).

District lines in the sand: Leader fight could hinge on making Bay Ridge whole again

Brooklyn: The man trying to unseat Ralph Perfetto as 60th A.D. district leader has drawn a line in the sand — a district line. Comment.