Assemblymember Simotas and husband welcome baby Eleni


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Aravella Simotas' office

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and her husband, John Katsanos, welcomed daughter Eleni into the world at 10:15 p.m.  on Tuesday, August 7. The little girl is a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long.  According to a spokesperson, mom and baby are both doing well.

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Incumbent Assemblymembers hold seats


By Queens Courier Staff

As usual, there were few surprises as all of the incumbent Assemblymembers were re-elected to return to Albany.   Democrats who had no opponents and retained their Assembly included Grace Meng in District 22, Rory Lancman in District 25, Nettie Mayersohn in District 27, William Scarborough in District 29, Michelle Titus in District 31, Vivian […]

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Incumbent Assemblymembers hold seats


By Queens Courier Staff

As usual, there were few surprises as all of the incumbent Assemblymembers were re-elected to return to Albany.   Democrats who had no opponents and retained their Assembly included Grace Meng in District 22, Rory Lancman in District 25, Nettie Mayersohn in District 27, William Scarborough in District 29, Michelle Titus in District 31, Vivian […]

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Frei-Pearson to battle Simotas for Assembly


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

With more than five months before the Democratic primary for the 36th District Assembly seat, which will be vacated by Michael Gianaris who is running for State Senate, a person has emerged to challenge Aravella Simotas – the Queens Democratic Party’s choice for the seat. Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, a civil rights attorney and community activist, has […]

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Costa Constantinides wins City Council District 22 race


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Costa Constantinides is making history and will now serve the community he has called home his whole life. The lifelong Astoria resident has been elected to fill Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and represent Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, he […]

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Astoria celebrates Italian heritage at 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.

Astoria got together this past weekend to celebrate the 36th Annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade. On Saturday, October 12, together with Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., former Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and other local officials, the procession marched from 34th Avenue down to Astoria Boulevard and 33rd Street. The Grand Marshal of the […]

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Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Assemblymember Aravella Simotas

Residents and local officials want to take out the trash in Astoria. “We all want a clean living environment for our growing community and to help our small businesses thrive,” said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas at a rally on September 24 at the corner of 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard. Her office has heard from an […]

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No booze for Queens bikini bar


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

If Racks, a new restaurant and bar, wants to open up, waitresses will likely have to cover up. Community Board 1 (CB 1) voted not to recommend a liquor license for Racks on grounds its female servers will be wearing bikinis as uniforms. At the April 16 meeting, board members voted 17 to 15 against […]

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2012 Election Day coverage


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

Throughout the day and night Queens Courier will be updating our website, Facebook page and Twitter account (@QueensCourier) using the hashtag #courierpolitics, with news about the local elections and presidential race, from the casting of ballots to the final results. 2:00 a.m. Joseph Addabbo is projected as the winner in the State Senate District 15 race, defeating Republican opponent Eric Ulrich. 1:45 […]

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Pols rally against extremist Greek group, Golden Dawn


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF ASSEMBLYMEMBER ARAVELLA SIMOTAS

An extremist Greek political party’s plans to open a branch in Astoria have met opposition from local politicians. Golden Dawn, a right-wing, nationalistic group that garnered 18 seats in the Greek parliament during the last election, announced its desire to set up a New York City office on the group’s website. While Golden Dawn’s website […]

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New sexual conduct legislation introduced


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas has introduced a new bill that would define rape as sexual conduct rather than sexual intercourse, preventing criminals from escaping charges on a “technicality.” The assemblymember’s actions come in response to the State Supreme Court Justice’s declaration of a mistrial on the rape charge against former New York City Police Officer Michael […]

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Astoria against homeless shelter


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

The Astoria community is hostile towards a potential hostel that would house the local homeless. Officials and residents banded together against a proposal to turn the Westway Motel – a current impermanent haven for homeless families — into a full-time shelter. In January of 2012, Community Board 1 received notification that a non-profit organization, Housing […]

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Astoria Post Office saved


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Congressmember Carolyn Maloney Assemblymember Aravella Simotas, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, District Leader Costa Constantinides and Senator Michael Gianaris (left to right) celebrate saving of Grand Station Post Office from possible closure

Patrons of the Grand Station Post Office have had their wish signed, sealed and delivered. Following months of apprehension regarding the fate of the post office, the United States Postal Service (USPS) recently announced that Grand Station was removed from a list of branches targeted for potential closure. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney was joined by Senator […]

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Rally to save Post Office


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Residents of Astoria are not prepared to let the Grand Station Post Office be closed down. Members of the neighborhood joined with community leaders and representatives of the American Postal Workers Union at a rally held on August 18 outside Grand Station, located at 45-08 30th Avenue. The rally was in protest of the post […]

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