Comptroller John Liu officially launches mayoral bid


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Office of the New York City Comptroller

Comptroller and former Queens councilmember John Liu has formally kicked off his campaign for the mayor of New York City. “This can’t be the city of the rich and poor, of them and us. New York City needs to be one city. One city where everyone gets a fair wage and a fair shot,” Liu […]

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Local congress members endorse John Liu in state Senate race


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THE COURIER/File photo

In his bid to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella, former City Comptroller John Liu picked up another round of support from local congressional members. Liu received endorsements from congress members Grace Meng, Gregory Meeks and Joseph Crowley.

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Politics springing ahead


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Recent raw temperatures are threatening to send March out like a polar bear rather than a lamb, but things are springing up all over the political landscape. Another political neophyte has stepped up to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith for his 14th District seat, according to the Board of Elections (BOE). Bernadette Semple, who […]

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Queens pols get big laughs at ‘Legislative Acts’ show


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Nicolette Djokovich

BY NIKKI DJOKOVICH They can sing. They can act. They can legislate. Borough politicians took to the stage to perform in “Legislative Acts,” a sold-out fundraising event held Saturday night at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall. The audience roared with laughter throughout the 16-act performances, which included song, dance, comedy and more. Each skit featured […]

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


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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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Jenny Hou, ex-campaign treasurer for John Liu, files notice of appeal


| mchan@queenscourier.com

The prison-sentenced former mayoral campaign treasurer for City Comptroller John Liu filed a notice of appeal Wednesday in hopes the court will reverse its conviction. Jia “Jenny” Hou, 26, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on October 10 for attempting to commit wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing justice in a straw donor […]

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Republicans concede the NYC comptroller’s race


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

While everyone is focused on current NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio who will most likely succeed NYC Mayor Bloomberg, little attention has been paid to the race to replace NYC Comptroller John Liu. Republican NYC comptroller candidate John Burnett, who has raised less than $10,000 to date, is unable to communicate his message and […]

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John Liu’s ex-campaign workers sentenced to prison


| mchan@queenscourier.com

City Comptroller John Liu painted the Thursday sentencing and overall investigation of his two former campaign workers as a “set up a weak man and a wonderful young woman.” His ex-campaign treasurer and fundraiser will serve time in prison for less than a year for funneling illegal contributions in a straw donor scheme during his bid […]

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Lhota continues to blast de Blasio on past Sandinista support


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

File photo

As Bill de Blasio received an additional endorsement for mayor Tuesday, he faced more criticism about his past support of Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista party, detailed in a recent New York Times article. The piece, published online Sunday, examined de Blasio’s time in Nicaragua helping to distribute food and medicine in the late 1980s and how […]

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David versus Goliath


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Any discussions about Republicans continuing to control New York City Hall may be premature.  It is a battle between Joe Lhota (David) and Bill de Blasio (Goliath). As of April, 2013 there are 4,352,113 active registered voters in New York City. This includes 2,974,321 Democrats, 470,552 Republicans, 733,481 Blanks (no declared party affiliation), 111,853 Independence, […]

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Poll: De Blasio surpasses 40 percent needed to avoid runoff


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Instagram/de Blasio NYC

The Democratic nominee for mayor could be decided by next week according a new Quinnipiac University poll. With 43 percent of likely Democratic voters saying they would pick Public Advocate Bill de Blasio to head the city, he surpasses the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. The survey results, released Tuesday, show former City […]

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Courier hosts Focus on Queens Forum with BP, public advocate, comptroller candidates


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Maggie Hayes

The Queens Courier held the Focus on Queens Forum at the North Shore Towers on Wednesday, August 21. Borough President, City Comptroller and Public Advocate candidates from various parties attended and spoke on their ideas for the future of their respective offices. “Too often, people vote right down the Democratic line on the ballot,” said […]

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