Glens Oaks lawyer Ali Najmi is contemplating running against career politician New York State Assemblyman David Weprin in the 24th State Assembly District. Najmi makes an interesting candidate. Starting in the 1990s, the Weprin family political base has declined. Sons and daughters of Jewish, Italian, Irish and Catholic voters have moved to Long Island, Hudson [...]
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Give credit where credit is due. New York state Sen. Tony Avella recently called for a new police precinct. When New York State Assemblymember David Weprin was chairperson of the New York City Finance Committee from 2002 to 2009, he advocated creation of the new 116th Precinct out of the existing 105th NYPD Precinct, before [...]
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 [...]
This month is the 20th anniversary for Democratic State Assemblymember Sheldon Silver’s reign as speaker of the New York State Assembly. Many wonder how he has lasted so long given all the scandals committed by many former members of the Democratic State Assembly caucus over his tenure. The answer is simple. Speaker Silver rules the [...]
Following the fraternity hazing death of a 19-year-old Queens man, a local politician is proposing a law that could prevent a similar tragedy.
A controversial plan to turn the historic T Building into a housing unit for mental and chronic health patients has slightly changed, but it is still on the table, The Courier has learned.
Previously under the leadership of New York State Senate majority leader Dean Skelos Republicans added a 63rd seat to the State Senate, along with favorable gerrymandering. This was designed to stay in power and protect as many incumbents as possible after the 2010 reapportionment. Despite all this, Skelos may still face future oblivion in the [...]
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 [...]
Once again, congestion pricing plans, which include the imposition of tolls on the East River bridges, have been circulating throughout the city.
As we enter 2014, The Queens Courier asked our elected officials: “What do you hope to accomplish for your constituents in 2014?”