Pomonok seniors speak out


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

Before coming to Pomonok Senior Center, Mike Raffanelli had lost hope. His wife passed, he fell into a deep depression and secluded himself in his home. Soon after, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of bone cancer, and he was sure that his time was soon to come. “I started coming to this […]

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STATE SENATE 12


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Name: Michael Gianaris Age: 40 Party Affiliation: Democrat Occupation: Assembly Member Decision to Run: I decided to run for the Senate because, as a leading reformer in state government, I know how much needs to be done to reform Albany and get our economy working again. We need to initiate real change to ensure that […]

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Gianaris set sights on Senate


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

For the first time since 1983, voters in the 12th Senate District in Queens won’t see incumbent George Onorato’s name on the Democratic ballot line. Instead, they will likely see popular Democratic Assemblymember Michael Gianaris, who announced that he would run for State Senate back in January after Onorato decided not to seek reelection. Gianaris, […]

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MTA under fire by LIC residents


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Western Queens and Long Island City residents turned the heat on MTA officials as they voiced their discontent about the ongoing service disruptions of the No. 7 train, which has bypassed all the stops in their neighborhoods on consecutive weekends. Residents said “enough is enough” to a six member panel of Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) […]

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Triborough Bridge renamed for RFK


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Forty years after his assassination, Robert F. Kennedy’s name will still live on in New York City. The New York State Assembly recently passed a bill to rename the Triborough Bridge in Astoria after the historic political figure, who was on his way to becoming the Democratic nominee in the 1968 presidential election. Kennedy was […]

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Weld Gives State Republicans A Reason To Party


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After bashing this year’s municipal elections as “boring” in this space last week, I had my pencil sharpened to take aim at similarly dull statewide races next year. Alas, like Jeanine Pirro without a script, I must be able to shift-on-the-fly and roll with the punches (yeah, right…we’ll deal with her in a moment). Last […]

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London Bombing Spurs Subway Security Talk


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After the recent bombings that tore apart London trains and a double-decker bus, local politicians are seeking funding to make sure the same does not happen here. Assemblymember Mike Gianaris and Councilmember John Liu are calling for more to be done to secure the city’s expansive transit system. Gianaris is calling for immediate passage of […]

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Outsider Looks In On Gov’s Race; Cuomo’s Off


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Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld has now become entrenched in the middle of an increasingly interesting race for New York’s top spot in ’06. While Governor Pataki hasn’t yet shown his hand on whether he will run again, the news world was abuzz this week of Weld’s possible interest in the position. One leading local […]

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