Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Springfield Gardens

Victims weigh in on election

For all the political bandying over stop-and-frisk this election season, some of those most affected by gun violence in southeast Queens said it is not the singular issue that will determine their choice for the city’s next mayor in November. Comments (1).

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013


Disgraced Vito Lopez loses bid to engineer political comeback

Former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez failed to convince voters that he was fit for public office again, losing the Democratic primary for the 34th Council District to 30-year-old Antonio Reynoso. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013


Former Gennaro legislative head dominates Astoria seat contest

The Queens Democratic Party rolled up a win in Astoria after its anointed candidate, Costa Constantinides, dominated the primary with more than 50 percent of the vote and will now face-off against three challengers in the November election. Comment.

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Friday, Sept. 13, 2013


Richards prevails in Dem contest

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is facing a Republican challenger as he seeks his first full term in office after winning the Democratic primary. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Voters now have choice between populism, biz interests

It is Sept. 11 as I write this, and I can glimpse the new World Trade Center towers from my office window. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013


Boro decides political fortunes

Voter turnout Tuesday in Queens was fairly average for a primary as residents pulled the lever for Melinda Katz for borough president and polling stations from Astoria to Bayside experienced problems with lever voting machines. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Katz captures beep primary

Riding a wave of support from southeast Queens, former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz defeated Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a hard-fought Democratic primary for borough president and now faces a Republican challenger in the general election. Comments (1).

PACs spend heavily in Queens elections

About half of all the money spent in Queens’ City Council primaries this year came from special interest groups, data from the city show, and their chosen Democratic candidates often won. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Lancman returns to politics with landslide for city seat

Former state Assemblyman Rory Lancman spent a year outside the public eye but is on his way to returning to public office after cruising to a Democratic primary victory for term-limited City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) seat. Comments (1).

Vallone declares primary victory in Halloran race

Flushing attorney Paul Vallone sat on top of the five-way primary bid for the Democratic line by the end of voting Tuesday, but one opponent refused to concede in the race for the northeast Queens City Council seat. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Union prez claims victory in disputed Comrie match

With the contest to succeed term-limited City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) not yet decided, transit union leader Daneek Miller claimed victory on primary night while attorney Clyde Vanel said he would wait for the paper ballots to be counted before making a declaration. Comments (4).

Ruben Wills wins 2nd term

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is the one southeast Queens Council member who can assuredly talk about his plans the day after Primary Day. Comments (4).

De Blasio holds lead in mayoral primary

The race to determine the next mayor of New York City was only half decided, with Democrats waiting to see if their primary winner would face a run-off and Republicans choosing a clear-cut victor. Comment.

Stringer beats back Spitzer’s late bid

New Yorkers denied former Gov. Eliot Spitzer a chance to redeem himself when they chose the Manhattan borough president as the next city comptroller. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Kew Gardens

Katz celebrates win in borough president race

Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz defeated City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a spirited Democratic primary for Queens borough president Tuesday. Comments (1).

Paul Vallone takes Dem primary in northeast Queens

Paul Vallone emerged as the winner of a crowded and sometimes contentious Democratic primary in the race to replace outgoing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comments (67).
St. Albans

Miller wins tough Dem primary in southeast Queens

In the southeast Queens City Council race where outside groups spent more than the candidates themselves, labor leader Daneek Miller claimed victory in the still-undecided Democratic Party primary. Comments (1).

Wills wins re-election to second term

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) fended off a strong challenge from public defender Hettie Powell to secure himself a second term in southeast Queens. Comments (8).

Donovan coasts to win Democratic primary

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) all but assured himself his first full term in office after easily winning Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Lancman trounces competition in Council race

Former Assemblyman Rory Lancman cruised to a Democratic primary victory for term-limited City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) seat. Comments (1).

Reynoso beats Lopez in Dem race for Council seat

An attempt by disgraced former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez to return to office failed after his opponent in the Democratic primary for City Council District 34, Antonio Reynoso, won the Democratic primary election Tuesday night. Comment.

De Blasio pulls off sizable primary victory for mayor

De Blasio finished first with 40.2 percent of the vote, ahead of a slew of other contenders, including former city Comptroller Bill Thompson with 26.1 percent, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 15.4 percent, City Comptroller John Liu with 7.1 percent, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner with 4.9 percent, according to the Associated Press. Comment.

Stringer beats back Spitzer for comptroller

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s attempt to rejoin the political world was narrowly rejected by voters as he was defeated in the Democratic primary for the office of city comptroller by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013


Live Blog: 2013 Primary

TimesLedger Newspapers is covering the 2013 primaries for Queens borough president, eight City Council seats and citywide offices. Comments (3).

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013


PACs spend heavily in Queens races

Nearly half of all the money spent in Queens City Council primaries this year has come from special interest groups, data from the city show. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Lhota stumps for votes in Ozone Park

Joe Lhota, one of three Republicans vying to be the city’s next mayor, stressed one message to voters in south Queens last week. Comment.

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