Monday, Aug. 31, 2015


Endorsements continue in Council race leading up to primary

Candidates running for the City Council election in eastern Queens reported more campaign endorsements as the primary election on Thursday, Sept. 10, drew neared. New political backing came in for Rebecca Lynch, Satnam Singh Parhar, Barry Grodenchik and Bob Friedrich. Comments (4).
Political Action

Why a renegade Republican is Trumping his rivals

When Donald Trump first announced that he was entering the Republican primaries to run for president, a significant number of voters seemed to feel that he was too controversial to run. However, as the polls show, he has gathered a wide range of support. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

New Voices

Activists Rally in Support of Right to Know Act

Queens activists took to Woodside Plaza to urge Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) to support the Right to Know Act—a set of proposals under consideration in the City Council that would require police officers to identify themselves during interactions with the public and restrict “unconstitutional searches.” Comment.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Glen Oaks

Friedrich says strong voices fix issues

Bob Friedrich, a Democratic City Council candidate running for Mark Weprin’s former seat, won a major fight. Comments (10).

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Dosamantes, City Council candidate, wants to reform education

Bellerose native Celia Dosamantes—at 24, the youngest of the seven candidates pursuing the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin—has ambitious goals for District 23. Comments (5).

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015


Endorsements continue to roll in as City Council election approaches

New endorsements have been announced for three of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens: Bob Friedrich, Satnam Singh Parhar and Barry Grodenchik. Comments (13).

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015


Grodenchik says years in government prepare him for Council

Barry Grodenchik has been campaigning for one of the most competitive political races in the off-year elections slated for this fall. Comments (7).

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

The Civic Scene

The city must find the correct balance in enforcing quality-of-life crimes

The New York City administration is working to decriminalize some quality-of-life crimes. It is felt by some people that some offenses should not be considered criminal acts. It is felt that tickets given for some petty crimes can escalate into people being put in jail, that even small bail in some cases can keep a person in jail for months until there is a court hearing. A minor infraction can escalate into a criminal record for a person, especially if they forget to go to a court hearing. Comments (2).

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Willets Point

City decides not to appeal ruling on Willets Point mega-mall

The city said a recent appellate court ruling requiring state legislative approval before a proposed mega-mall could move forward gave it an impetus to push for more housing in the $3 billion Willets Point Development Plan. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015


Sen. Avella endorses Parhar’s City Council campaign

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has publicly announced his endorsement of Satnam Singh Parhar, who is one of six candidates vying for the competitive Democratic nomination in the Sept. 10 primary election for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015


CFB doles out matching funds to Council candidates

Five of the candidates running for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin earlier this year have been awarded $95,000 from the city Campaign Finance Board’s matching funds program. Comments (2).

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