Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

As he awaits a Republican challenger to be chosen by voters for his state Senate seat, Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is gearing up for the November election after disclosing his campaign finances. Comments (7)

Council districts redrawn


Council districts redrawn

The city Districting Commission released its preliminary draft of the redrawn 51 City Council districts last week, setting the stage for a battle over representation from some minority groups in Queens that want new lines to encompass their ethnic communities. Comment
Nearly two months before voters in northeast Queens’ 6th Congressional District cast their ballots, Republican candidate and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) opened his campaign office Saturday in Glendale. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012


Stop the Union Bashing

It could be dismissed as the kind of meaningless rhetoric that surfaces every four years at the Republican National Convention. Speaker after speaker came to the podium in Tampa to take pot shots at the nation’s labor unions. Comment

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012


Swimming in the Tea Potty

He may have endeared himself to the Tea Party, but City Councilman Dan Halloran called his own judgment and character into question when he referred to state Assemblywoman Grace Meng as a “Chinese national” and said he suspected her of having dual citizenship. Comments (40)

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

TimesLedger Newspapers will be blogging from the polls Thursday during the primary in Queens. Comment
Political Action

Ulrich seeks to beat Reyes and unseat Addabbo for Senate

The 15th state Senate District, in western Queens, was represented by Republican Sen. Serf Maltese for more than 20 years during his 10 terms in office up to 2008, when City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) won the seat. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

The primary election got a jolt Tuesday after a supporter of state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) distributed leaflets claiming the indicted senator is the victim of racially motivated actions by the state attorney general. Comment
Democratic primary candidates hoping to represent the seat currently held by state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) pulled in endorsements in the wake of a fracas involving a neighborhood civic organization’s controversial blog post. Comments (6)
Asian-American residents of Queens are a sleeping political force, and a group of civic and nonprofit groups announced a plan last week to tap into that power for upcoming state and federal elections. Comment
Over the last month leading up to the state primaries Thursday, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes ramped up their campaigns to win Queens’ 15th Senate District. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) is seeking her fourth term in office. She sits on the Agriculture, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Codes, Consumer Protection, Education, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Social Services, State-Native American Relations and Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committees. She is a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Huntley had served as president of Community School Board 28. Comment
John Messer is an Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer who has also worked as a project manager at the city Economic Development Corp. He draws on his experience running multiple companies as to why he has a pulse on the state’s economic climate. Messer’s main message is to bolster the state economy by making it easier to run a small business through tax reform and simplifying regulation. He also is a supporter of immigration reform to include more people in the state’s economy. Comment
Ethel Chen, a retired librarian and law school graduate, who said her experience working with people will help her in the Assembly. The longtime Flushing resident said her priorities if elected are to protect seniors, fight for the fair share of the state budget and promote education. Comment
Bayside Hills resident and Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said he thought the redrawn 25th Assembly district lines make him a perfect fit for the area, including Fresh Meadows, where he works as an attorney. With an endorsement from the Queens Democratic Party, he said his experience speaks for itself. Comments (1)
Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes says if elected he will make New York business-friendly again. Reyes previously worked for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and is currently a partner at Reed Smith LLP specializing on land use and zoning issues. His priorities include fighting increases in taxes and the minimum wage and cutting the costs of public projects. Comment
Political newcomer Etienne David Adorno says the district is ready for a new leadership. The 27-year-old from Woodhaven is a member of the Woodhaven Block Association and serves on the Consumer Affairs and Public Safety Committee for Community Board 9. He was also budget liaison for Councilman Robert Jackson (D-Manhattan). Comment
Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) is seeking a 14th term in office. She serves as the Deputy Majority Whip of the Assembly and sits on the Education, Labor, Rules, Children and Families and Libraries and Education Technology committees. Comment



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