Costa Constantinides sworn in as District 22′s new councilmember


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Costa Constantinides' Office

Councilmember Costa Constantinides is ready to work for his community.

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Councilmember Daneek Miller gets to work his first two weeks in office


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

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Councilmember Daneek Miller is “rolling up his sleeves” and taking the ball into his own hands, creating partnerships throughout the southeast Queens community to form one voice for City Hall.

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Lancman to vie for Gennaro’s City Council seat


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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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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Crowley gets least discretionary funding of Queens councilmembers


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Organizations in Council District 30 may need to learn to stretch a dollar after Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley lost almost $300,000 in discretionary funding this fiscal year. Crowley received just $378,321 to dole out to area institutions — more than $35,000 less than any other Queens councilmember — after spending more than $660,000 a year ago. […]

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Queens councilmembers score high on environmental report cards


| mchan@queenscourier.com

The scores are in — and Queens councilmembers have fared well above average in their most recent environmental report cards. According to the New York City League of Conservation Voters’ (NYLCV) annual “Environmental Scorecard,” a record number of 22 out of 50 councilmembers achieved perfect scores. Queens, the runner-up borough, trailed the Manhattan delegation — […]

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Councilmembers get their committees


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The chairs and memberships of the City Council’s various committees have been divvied up, and although Queens members no longer control all three of the most prominent committees – Finance, Land Use and Transportation – the borough is well represented. Among the Democrats, three-termer Leroy Comrie (CD 27) took over the chair of the powerful […]

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Gennaro concedes Senate race to Padavan


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

City Councilmember James Gennaro has conceded the state Senate race for the 11th District to incumbent Frank Padavan, marking the end of one of the most drawn out political contests in New York State history. On Thursday, February 5, Judge Kevin Kerrigan lifted his order to the Board of Elections (BOE) which will allow the […]

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Padavan leads Gennaro in vote count


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

One of the most drawn out political contests in New York State history, between incumbent State Senator Frank Padavan and City Councilmember James Gennaro may finally come to an end in a Queens courtroom on Thursday, February 5. With all but 256 disputed paper ballots out of 91,000 votes counted as of Tuesday, February 3, […]

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Rejected ballots being reviewed in Padavan vs. Gennaro race


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Roughly 1,750 paper ballots which had been declared invalid by the city’s Board of Elections (BOE) are being re-examined in the marathon 11th Senate District race between incumbent Senator Frank Padavan and City Councilmember James Gennaro. At their regular Tuesday meeting on January 27, BOE Commissioners voted unanimously to reverse their 7-3 “final determination” of […]

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Hearing continues in Padavan v. Gennaro race


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The dispute over the vote count in the race between incumbent Senator Frank Padavan and City Councilmember James Gennaro resumed after a six-day hiatus caused in part by observance of Martin Luther King Day and Inauguration Day. At issue in the current hearing, which began on Friday, January 16, is whether State Supreme Court Judge […]

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Padavan vs. Gennaro - still undecided


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

With the State Senate completing its second week of work and the seat for northeast Queens’ 11th District still empty, the saga of the undecided race between incumbent Frank Padavan and City Councilmember James Gennaro finds the parties back in court. After all the machine votes and paper ballots approved by Board of Elections (BOE) […]

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Padavan vs. Gennaro decision drags on


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

In one of the longest electoral sagas in New York history, the 11th District race between incumbent State Senator Frank Padavan and City Councilmember James Gennaro for the seat in northeast Queens inches closer to resolution. With all but 252 disputed ballots counted and Padavan leading by 580 votes, last month’s maneuvering has been over […]

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UPDATE: Padavan vs. Gennaro count back to BOE


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

A four-judge Appellate Division panel has unanimously ruled to send Board of Elections (BOE) Commissioners back to decide on the fate of paper ballots previously ruled as invalid in the race between incumbent Senator Frank Padavan and City Councilmember James Gennaro. At issue are roughly 1,750 paper ballots which BOE clerks had ruled to be […]

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No decision yet in Padavan vs. Gennaro


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

With just a few court days left until the end of the year, there’s still no declared winner in the race for the 11th State Senate District, between incumbent Frank Padavan and his challenger Democrat City Councilmember James Gennaro. Since Friday, December 19, the matter has been in the hands of a panel of Appellate […]

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