Rep Meeks’ DC office closes after receiving suspicious mail, then reopens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Congressmember Gregory Meeks’ Washington, D.C. office was temporarily shut down after a staffer found a suspicious letter. The letter contained a powdery substance, according to a Meeks staffer, and was found while another worker was sorting the mail. The Congressmember was not there at the time, and was informed of the incident. The D.C. staff […]

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Meeks holds first briefing for new congressional district


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Southeast community leaders and clergy members joined Congressmember Gregory Meeks at the first meeting for the new 5th Congressional District. Having not met since before Sandy, Meeks and the crowd of over 100 area residents spoke about the devastation brought on by the storm, as well as the Congressmember’s work in Washington, D.C. since reclaiming […]

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Congressmember Meeks in Venezuela for Chavez funeral


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The death of Hugo Chavez could breathe new life into the United States’ relationship with Latin America. Congressmember Gregory Meeks attended the former Venezuelan president’s funeral to mourn with a nation — and also work with leaders from around the world. “I hope that we got the door open for better communication,” said Meeks, who […]

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Ethics committee clears Congressmember Meeks of receiving impermissible gifts


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The House Ethics Committee closed its investigation into allegations that Congressmember Gregory Meeks received an improper gift in the form of a 2007 loan with no finding of wrong doing. The investigation stemmed from a $40,000 loan Meeks received from Edul Ahmad that the Queens congressmember failed to disclose. The ethics committee said failure to […]

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Congressmember Steny Hoyer tours Rockaways with Meeks


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Seeing is believing, according to Congressmember Gregory Meeks, and so he called upon fellow Congressmember Steny Hoyer to view Queens’ post-Sandy damage firsthand. “We need to get more people to come out and see,” said Meeks after he and Hoyer toured the Rockaways on Thursday, December 6. Hoyer is the Minority Whip, the second highest […]

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Meeks secures 8th term in Congress


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Photo courtesy of Congressmember Gregory Meeks's office

Incumbent Congressmember Gregory Meeks slid smoothly into victory on Tuesday, November 6, defeating challenger Allan Jennings in the 5th Congressional District. Meeks, who won with 88.6 percent of the vote according to unofficial results, will kick off his eighth term in the House, now representing the newly drawn 5th District, encompassing all of southeast Queens […]

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Congressmember Meeks refutes reports of financial wrongdoing


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The Courier/photo by Liam La Guerre

A local politician refuted published reports of financial wrongdoing concerning a nonprofit organization to whom he allocated millions in taxpayer money. Congressmember Gregory Meeks denied that federal authorities are investigating him for any issues with federal funds he secured for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC). Instead, he blasted a local newspaper and national group […]

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Meeks takes 5th Congressional District primary


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

It may be the best birthday present that Simone-Marie Meeks could receive. Her husband, incumbent Congressmember Gregory Meeks, once again captured the support of the Democratic Party in the June 26 primary, getting the nod over three competitors. “You don’t do this without family and she made sure not to go away and do something […]

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Meeks funds after-school program


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The holidays were bright for the South Queens Boys & Girls Club (SQBGC), as Congressmember Gregory Meeks secured $175,000 in funding for the club’s after-school program. This is the second year that Meeks has allocated funding to the club. In the 2008-2009 school year, he awarded the club $262,000 in funding for the program. “Congressmember […]

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Meeks brings toys to youngsters


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One southeast Queens Congressmember helped make the holidays a little brighter for kids in his district. Representative Gregory Meeks delivered toys to children at the NAACP Day Care Center in St. Albans and the Community Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway on Friday, December 18 – just in time for Christmas. “I believe we […]

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Meeks’ Annual Awards Recognition Gala


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Congressmember Gregory Meeks hosted an annual awards recognition gala with keynote speaker Governor Eliot Spitzer and guest speaker Congressmember Charles Rangel. This year’s honorees were State Senator Malcolm Smith, Dr. Marcia Keizs, Shango Blake, Roger Scotland, Anessha Jacko, Robert Crooms, Cornelia Taylor and Rashford Mendes.

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Meeks not backing wife


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Politics makes for strange bedfellows, especially between husband and wife. Not only did Simone-Marie Meeks announce her candidacy in the race for Councilmember Leroy Comrie’s seat in the 2009 election, but according to the reports, her husband, Congressmember Gregory Meeks, will be supporting his aide, Brian Simon, instead. “Nobody can talk me out of this,” […]

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Meeks presents Congressional Achievement Award


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Congressmember Gregory Meeks presented a Congressional Achievement Award to 12-year-old Rosella Lawrence of Rosedale on Monday, June 25 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Pictured are Lawrence, Meeks, and Monica Phillips, Lawrence's mother (far left). Lawrence has been in the hospital since May 10, when she was struck by a car, pinned against a utility pole, […]

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Meeks Answers Immigration Call


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Congressmember Gregory W. Meeks held the Sixth Congressional District Conference Call on Immigration last week to update his non-citizen constituents on a wide variety of issues ranging from new immigration law to medical insurance and how to avoid green card scamming. Roughly forty people called in from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. to have their questions […]

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