Jeffries campaign brings in more than $1.2 million


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Hakeem Jeffries has built a significant campaign war chest in his quest for Congress — mainly from individual donations. Assemblymember and congressional hopeful Jeffries has raised $1,235,862, a campaign spokesperson confirmed. The camp filed its quarterly report, which details funds raised up to June 30, with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on Sunday, July 15. […]

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Jeffries bests Barron in 8th District primary


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Three-term Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries will run as the Democratic candidate for the newly-drawn Congressional District 8 seat this November, after he easily defeated Councilmember Charles Barron. According to the New York Times, Jeffries won with more than 25,000 votes after raising more cash than Barron and receiving major endorsements. The Democratic nominee will now run […]

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In hotly-contested primaries, Jeffries-Barron stands out


| dbrennan@queenscourier.com

We are bearing down on important congressional primary races next week, with new districts, courtesy of the 2010 census and the feds. In Queens, there is, as we’ve been closely following, a four-way race between Assemblymembers Rory Lancman and Grace Meng, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley and Dr. Robert Mittman. In Manhattan and the Bronx, a New […]

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Local officials endorse Jeffries for Congress


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Congressional hopeful and incumbent State Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries received key endorsements from several local officials Friday afternoon on Cross Bay Boulevard as the days leading up to the June 26th primary grow fewer. “I am honored to have the support of so many distinguished leaders from Queens,” Jeffries said. “Although our district spans two boroughs, […]

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Bill could delay flood insurance hikes for Sandy victims


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Flood zone residents can rest easy for now ‑ as impending increases in flood insurance have been put on the backburner. Congressmembers Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries co-sponsored the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Care Act of 2013, legislation meant to address the flood insurance rate increase and “keep residents from being priced out of our […]

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Government shutdown: What it means


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of U.S. Capitol Flickr

ANGY ALTAMIRANO, CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND LIAM LA GUERRE  The government has shut down for the first time in nearly two decades, leaving Americans wondering about the exact short- and long-term effects. The shutdown resulted from a congressional stalemate over the federal budget. The Republican-led House tried to defund and delay the Affordable Care Act, but […]

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Thompson refuses to drop mayoral bid after meeting with supporters


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Photo via Twitter/@BillThompsonNYC

Bill Thompson vowed to stay in the mayor’s race Thursday night despite mounting pressure to drop his bid before a runoff can be decided. He made the statement after reportedly meeting with key supporters, including Congressmembers Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Charles Rangel. According to unofficial results, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio received 40.3 percent […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MAYOR Christine Quinn was endorsed by the New York Daily News, the New York Times and the New York Post. Joe Lhota was endorsed by the New York Times, New York Post and The Sephardic Community Federation for the Republican primary. Bill Thompson was endorsed by Assemblymember Dov Hikind, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and Councilmembers Robert […]

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Zimmerman verdict reaction felt from Florida to Queens


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From television to the streets to social media, people all over the nation — and the borough — are reacting to the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The trial against Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin lasted roughly three weeks. In the end, on Saturday, July 13, the defendant was acquitted […]

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South Queens residents seek help at post-Sandy town hall


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THE COURIER/Photos by Maggie Hayes

Carl Teresa drained his retirement savings to pay for Sandy home damages and is tired of getting the runaround from city and state agencies, he said. Eight months after the storm, south Queens is still not whole, and Teresa said he is just one of many still struggling. Homeowners gathered at a town hall forum […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Monday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 79. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72. […]

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Rockaway Beach line restoration gets federal support


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THE COURIER/Terence Cullen

Proposed revival of the Rockaway Beach LIRR Line has gotten some federal backing. Congressmembers Hakeem Jeffries and Gregory Meeks are all-aboard for restoring the 50-year-defunct line in a new form, which would effectively link Rego Park to Ozone Park via mass transit. Together with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder, they have sent a letter to U.S. Transportation […]

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Commerce Secretary tours Sandy-damaged Rockaways, promising to get businesses back on their feet


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Matt Erskine promises he will take what he saw in the Rockaways back to Washington, D.C. to ensure south Queens continue to get relief as it still reels from Sandy. On Thursday, January 30 Erskine, along with elected officials, toured the still-devastated areas of the peninsula — including the Madelaine Chocolate […]

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Grace Meng sworn in as first Asian-American from NY in Congress


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THE COURIER/Photos by Maggie Hayes

The Courier tagged along on a bus trip to Washington, D. C. as the 113th Congress was sworn in. It’s five in the morning, and over 100 people gathered outside in Flushing, anxiously waiting to board buses making the trek down to our nation’s capital to watch the 113th Congress — and the first Asian-American […]

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