Incumbent Stavisky, newcomer Ron Kim defeat Republican challengers


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/PHOTOS BY ALEXA ALTMAN

Political veteran State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky welcomed in a new generation of local leadership when she and first-time candidate Ron Kim celebrated their general election wins of Senate District 16 and Assembly District 40, respectively. Stavisky, the first woman from Queens to be elected to the State Senate, defeated Republican opponent J.D. Kim with […]

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Kim takes 40th District race by less than 200 votes


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Ron Kim fought off four other competitors in a tight primary race to secure the Democratic nod in the 40th Assembly District. Kim collected 27 percent of the 4,182 ballots cast; just 162 votes ahead of second place finisher Yen Chou and 204 more than third place Ethel Chen, according to unofficial results. Myungsuk Lee […]

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MTA to move problematic buses away from Flushing church


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The MTA will redirect five city bus routes from St. George’s Episcopal Church after local leaders and parishioners complained about idling buses and its drivers who relieve themselves on the side of the church.

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Food for thought


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

It’s been a tasty week for those who view politics, rather than bread, as the staff of life. *Hizzoner heaped praise on city workers’ response to Tuesday’s near-foot-deep frosting, though countless commuters were hours late for dinner. Sanit commish and Bloomberg leftover John Doherty dished out the data, icing suggestions that the Upper East Side […]

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Korean seniors and Flushing McDonald’s owner reach peace


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A group of Korean seniors and the owner of an embattled Flushing McDonald’s have come to a truce after a cultural clash reached headlines last week, Assemblymember Ron Kim announced Monday.

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EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Councilmember-elect Paul Vallone has picked the team he’ll take to City Hall in January, The Courier has learned. The seven-member staff consists mostly of longtime supporters and includes two former employees of Queens elected officials and the aunt of a local assemblymember. “These are people who believed in me five years ago, when I first […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 19


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the candidates in City Council District 19 (College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck), who […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MAYOR Former governor of Vermont and 2004 Presidential Candidate Howard Dean and a coalition of leaders from Brooklyn’s Caribbean clergy community endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The Metropolitan Region CSEA Local 1000 endorsed Comptroller John Liu. New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Transport Workers Union Local 100, […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MAYOR United Federation of Teachers, The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators endorsed Bill Thompson. Assemblymembers Edward Braunstein, Michael DenDekker, Aravella Simotas, Catherine Nolan, Margeret Markey, David Weprin, Michael Simanowitz, Andrew Hevesi and Francisco Moya endorsed Christine Quinn. Teamsters Joint Council 16 endorsed Christine Quinn.   BOROUGH PRESIDENT The Working Families Party endorsed Melinda Katz. […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

CITY COUNCIL The United Federation of Teachers endorsed the following candidates: District 20: Peter Koo District 21: Julissa Ferreras District 22: Costa Constantinides District 23: Mark Weprin District 24: Rory Lancman District 25: Daniel Dromm District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer District 27: Daneek Miller District 30: Elizabeth Crowley District 31: Donovan Richards District 32: Eric Ulrich Paul Vallone was endorsed by Assemblymember Ron Kim, the New […]

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US Rep. Meng helps family bring body home


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Congressmember Grace Meng is working on getting emergency visas for the brother and the son of Junwoon Li, whose body was discovered floating in Flushing Creek on Tuesday, February 26, so they can bring her home. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has already approved a visitor’s visa for Li’s brother, according to Meng’s office. “This […]

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Fraternity hazing and a cup of coffee for seniors


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

New York State Assemblyman David Weprin proposed legislation that would expand the state’s current anti-hazing statute by prohibiting all physical conduct and physical activities required from fraternities during the pledging ceremonies is over the top.  Each year millions of college students each year successfully join a fraternity or sorority.  All survive and go on to […]

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2013: The year in photos


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As we bid adieu to 2013, The Queens Courier brings you a look at the year that was . . . from the selection of a new Pope to the downfall of our elected officials, to tragedy, controversy and everything in between. And as we look ahead to 2014, we wish our new legislators luck and the best year for our readers.

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