Martha Taylor withdraws City Council bid


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An ailing Jamaica Estates lawyer has rescinded her bid for City Council. Martha Taylor, 72, announced late Monday she will no longer run for a vacant council seat in the 24th District due to “recent health concerns” that would disrupt campaigning. “I am stepping out of this race, but my fight for our community is […]

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Community board OKs rezone for part of Union Turnpike


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Renderings courtesy of Richard Lobel

A split community board narrowly approved a proposal last week to rezone a portion of Union Turnpike. The controversial rezoning plan would allow developer Sam Zirkiev build a four-story residential and retail structure at 158-15 Union Turnpike. It barely cleared Community Board 8 last Wednesday, with a nail-biting 17-14 vote. “It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Zirkiev […]

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Flushing millionaire Isaac Sasson drops out of 24th City Council District race


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A lottery millionaire from Flushing has scratched himself off the City Council ticket. Isaac Sasson, 72, has dropped his bid for the 24th District and will instead “focus his efforts on his philanthropy and his related positions in the Orthodox Jewish community,” his campaign said in a statement. The Democrat announced in January he would […]

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Flushing millionaire making bid for City Council seat


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Photo Courtesy of Isaac Sasson

A lottery millionaire from Flushing has thrown his hat in the ring to fill a vacant City Council seat in northeast Queens. Isaac Sasson, 72, said he is running to replace outgoing Councilmember James Gennaro in the 24th District, which stretches from Fresh Meadows to Jamaica. “I’ve been involved in the community for quite some […]

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Follow the money: How much the Queens candidates have raised


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The Queens Courier compiled a list of net contributions the following candidates running for Borough President and City Council collected during a six-month period ending on January 11, 2013. Data courtesy of the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Borough President Peter Vallone Jr.: $1,050,646 Audrey Pheffer: $347,951 Melinda Katz: $299,496 Jose Peralta: $134,680 Leroy […]

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Lancman to vie for Gennaro’s City Council seat


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A state lawmaker is looking to take his legislative know-how to City Hall. Assemblymember Rory Lancman officially announced his candidacy for City Council on Monday, November 19. The Democratic hopeful will seek to head the 24th Council District, which currently stretches from Fresh Meadows to Jamaica and is led by outgoing Councilmember James Gennaro. “The […]

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City Council seats draw big names


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A handful of political hopefuls in northeast Queens are already mulling over a chance to join the city’s lawmaking body next year. The draw of taking over one vacant city council seat and possibly ousting one of the borough’s only two Republicans in another district has been luring in a number of interested candidates. Councilmember […]

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END OF THE WEPRIN STATE ASSEMBLY DYNASTY?


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If State Assembly member David Weprin is serious about wanting to once again change careers and run for Congress, why doesn’t he immediately resign his State Assembly seat today? Between now and September 13th Primary Day, he’ll be abandoning existing constituents by running around the 9th Congressional District on a daily basis to introduce himself […]

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28th City Council District


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NAME: MARTHA TAYLOR BUTLER ENROLLED AS: DEMOCRATIC OCCUPATION: Chief of Staff to Assemblywoman Michele Titus TOP ISSUE: The most important issue is the one the people want and need addressed at that time. The sluggish economy is negatively impacting our community in every area. The loss and lack of jobs results in loss of homes […]

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Special Election Candidates in 28th CD


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The list of candidates for the Special Election to fill the late City Councilmember Thomas White’s seat is at seven. The Board of Elections (BOE) web site lists the candidates as Ruben Wills, running on the “A Better Way” line; “Community First” candidate Nicole Paultre Bell, widow of Sean Bell; “People Come First,” Albert Baldeo; […]

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Seven vie for White’s council seat


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As the “ballots went to print,” the list of candidates for the Special Election to fill the late City Councilmember Thomas White’s seat was at seven. The Board of Elections (BOE) web site lists the candidates as Ruben Wills, running on the “A Better Way” line; “Community First” candidate Nicole Paultre Bell, widow of Sean […]

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