Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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State Senator Tony Avella is joining the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), he announced Wednesday. He will be the fifth member of the breakaway faction of Senate Democrats — led by Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx — who share majority control of the chamber with Republicans.

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Queens pols face Bronx rivals in first Battle of the Boroughs Bowl


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Politicians turned into playmakers for a special touch football game. Queens and Bronx politicians faced off in the first ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst Sunday. The touch football event was organized to raise money by collecting donations, with all proceeds going to the United Service Organizations […]

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Kaufman Astoria Studios to expand, add outdoor movie set


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Kaufman Astoria Studios

Looking to bring more of Hollywood into the borough, Kaufman Astoria Studios is expanding this summer beyond its doors and into the outdoors. The expansion, which was part of a thought-out process since the 1980s, includes two new gates and an outdoor movie set, on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues. It is the […]

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Op-Ed: Western Queens business growth fuels our economy


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BY SENATOR MIKE GIANARIS Western Queens is home to a growing number of large and small businesses that have aided in our neighborhood’s economic recovery. I am proud to be an advocate for job creation in western Queens, whose diversity makes us one of the most welcoming neighborhoods in the country, as well as a […]

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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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Passenger advocates flying high over tarmac law


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In a move that a major air passenger advocacy group hailed as a “Christmas miracle” in the days leading up to the holiday rush, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) adopted a new rule that significantly enhances airline passenger protections. The new DOT rule was announced on Monday, December 21 in the wake of […]

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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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‘Bill of Rights’ for airline passengers


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Kate Hanni, the founder of the 22,000-member Coalition for an Airline Passengers’ Bill of Rights, had her ‘aha!’ moment about a year ago when she was stuck on the tarmac in Austin, TX for over nine hours. “Nine hours and seventeen minutes with no food, no water and overflowing toilets” to be exact, said Hanni. […]

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$3,000 worth of plates smashed at Greek Fete


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Three thousand dollars worth of plates were broken during a party at Terrace on the Park on Thursday, October 26, and nobody was fired. That is because it was a traditional Greek “Name Day” party for Terrace owner, Demetrius (Jimmy) Kaloidis. Among Greeks, tradition requires they be named after a Saint, and the annual party […]

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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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