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Graphic by Jay Lane

Queens Man Found Guilty In Subway Bomb Plot Trial

The mother of convicted terrorist Adis Medunjanin hurried out of Brooklyn federal court Tuesday afternoon, minutes after her son was found guilty of plotting to blow up parts of the city’s subway during rush hour back in 2009. The jury also found Medunjanin guilty of conspiring to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan after receiving terrorism training from al-Qaida in Pakistan. Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney in charge of the case, said this should send a clear message — terrorists will be caught and prosecuted. Read More: NY1

 

Ray Kelly ‘Still contemplating’ run for mayor

Ray Kelly has given his first public indication that he might indeed be interested in running for mayor. The police commissioner was approached by a reporter at a party last week in Washington and asked point blank if he was open to the idea of trying to succeed Mayor Bloomberg. “I’m still contemplating that,” Kelly responded, according to New York magazine. He had a few other things to say first, which raised the question whether he was really signaling he might make his first run for office. Read More: New York Post


Large Majority Of City Council Votes For Living Wage Bill

The legislation requires companies getting a million dollars or more in city subsidies to pay their workers at least $10 an hour. “We live in city where the gap between the rich and poor has widened more than any other city,” said Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron. “We talk about government subsidies, one of my colleagues said that this is a bill we can build on. And that’s what I’m terrified of, you will build on this bill,” said Queens Councilman Dan Halloran. Read More: NY1

 

Queens Democrats facing challenges from inside and outside the party ranks

Several Democratic state senators from Queens could face challenges this year from forces both inside and outside their party. Republican City Councilman Eric Ulrich announced this week that he will take on Democrat Joseph Addabbo Jr. for his 15th Senate District seat. And Councilman James Sanders Jr., a Democrat, is mulling a primary challenge to Shirley Huntley for her 10th Senate District seat in southeast Queens. Ulrich, a rising star in the Republican Party, could give Addabbo a tough race in his own backyard. Read More: Daily News

 

Queens construction contractors to pay $500,000 for shortchanging workers

A husband and wife team of Queens construction contractors have agreed to pay $500,000 after state investigators caught them shortchanging workers on public job sites. In a settlement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Jitendra and Sarita Hirani agreed to pay restitution to 11 workers, the News has learned. “There are strict rules when taxpayer dollars are used to pay private companies for public projects, but this company violated those rules, and now they will pay the price,” Schneiderman said in a statement. Read More: Daily News