Ex-councilmember Anthony Como replaces indicted Queens GOP vice chair Vince Tabone


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Former Councilmember Anthony Como will become the new executive vice chair of the Queens GOP, replacing indicted attorney Vince Tabone. GOP chair Phil Ragusa confirmed Como would be taking over, saying the former city legislator would be a good fit. “I know Anthony for a long time,” Ragusa said. “He was our City Council candidate […]

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How to secede in politics without really trying


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

This past week, a well-placed zinger by Governor Cuomo put city pols on notice that no amount of foot stamping can change political reality: New York City may be the capital of the universe, but Albany is the capital of New York. Mayor de Blasio upped the ante on his demand for a city-controlled tax […]

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Turner, Ragusa both claim victory to lead Queens GOP


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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The Queens Republican Party civil war is not over, and Phil Ragusa did not reclaim his throne yet, his opponents say. Both Ragusa and former Congressmember Bob Turner have declared themselves winners in the election to head the Queens GOP after a six hour contentious meeting on September 27. According to Party officials, Ragusa won […]

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Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway


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The first Republican candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to replace federally-indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran. Dennis Saffran, 57, said he is running in the 19th Council District to restore “the tradition of integrity and honesty in government.” The attorney from Douglaston ran for the seat in 2001 and narrowly lost to then-Councilmember Tony […]

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Halloran, Smith enter not guilty pleas


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Two Queens politicians and a borough GOP boss pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, April 23 in a federal case alleging they conspired to rig the mayoral election, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chair Vincent Tabone face bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud charges. […]

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Leaders call for changing of the guard in Queens GOP


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Former Republican Councilmember Thomas Ognibene says there needs to be a change-up in the Queens GOP after years of infighting and what he called a negative influence by former vice chair Vince Tabone. “I’ve believed for the last three to four years that it [leadership] had to be changed,” said Ognibene, who served in the […]

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EXCLUSIVE: FBI questioned Queens pols last year over GOP probe


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Councilmember Eric Ulrich and ex-Congressmember Bob Turner were two of many Queens leaders questioned in the FBI’s probe into the county’s GOP last year, The Courier has learned. “At some point during this investigation, I was questioned by the FBI, as were many other people,” said Ulrich, 28. “I told them what I knew on […]

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Northeast Queens political races heat up


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Endorsements are rolling in for candidates making a run for district seats in northeast Queens. The Queens County Republican Party unanimously endorsed Joseph Concannon for State Senate in the 11th District, where the Republican and retired city police officer from Bellerose will challenge incumbent State Senator Tony Avella for the seat. In a statement, GOP […]

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Oakland Lake Park path to receive much-needed work


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Oakland Park

It took nearly two decades, but the makeover is almost complete. The Parks Department announced plans for a $1.6 million remodeling of the pathway around Oakland Lake Park at a recent Community Board 11 meeting, ending a 16-year initiative to revitalize the park and allowing locals to finally enjoy the wetland. “I’m very relieved,” said […]

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PEOPLE MAKING A BUZZ


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SCHOOL EVENTS Queens students are about to receive all kinds of school supplies, thanks to a generous donation. As part of an ongoing effort to give back to the community, Capital One’s Jamaica bank branch gave 52 boxes with thousands of brand new items to Safe Space, an agency that serves at-risk youth in southeast […]

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PEOPLE MAKING A BUZZ


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SCHOOL EVENTS Queens students are about to receive all kinds of school supplies, thanks to a generous donation. As part of an ongoing effort to give back to the community, Capital One’s Jamaica bank branch gave 52 boxes with thousands of brand new items to Safe Space, an agency that serves at-risk youth in southeast […]

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Clean sweep for Dems, voters still have ballot issues


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

In the statewide and local Queens races, it appears to be a clean sweep for the Democrats. Andrew Cuomo will be the next Governor. Eric Schneiderman will be the next Attorney General. Tom DiNapoli will likely remain the State’s Comptroller (Republican Harry Wilson trails DiNapoli by a very small margin so this likely won’t become […]

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Clean sweep for Dems, voters still have ballot issues


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

In the statewide and local Queens races, it appears to be a clean sweep for the Democrats. Andrew Cuomo will be the next Governor. Eric Schneiderman will be the next Attorney General. Tom DiNapoli will likely remain the State’s Comptroller (Republican Harry Wilson trails DiNapoli by a very small margin so this likely won’t become […]

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Republicans have cash advantage in final days


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With Election Day just days away, campaigns are entering the final 96 hours, when they will focus on getting out the vote and making their closing arguments to voters before Tuesday. As indicated by the TV commercials blanketing the airwaves, the robo calls (of questionable effectiveness) filling answering machines and flyers flooding mailboxes, candidates need […]

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Republicans have cash advantage in final days


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With Election Day just days away, campaigns are entering the final 96 hours, when they will focus on getting out the vote and making their closing arguments to voters before Tuesday. As indicated by the TV commercials blanketing the airwaves, the robo calls (of questionable effectiveness) filling answering machines and flyers flooding mailboxes, candidates need […]

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