Primary Day 2014 coverage


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Check back here for The Queens Courier’s Primary Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results.

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Former Councilman Daniel Halloran wanted to secure City Hall posts for Republicans: report


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

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During the White Plains federal corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith, jurors on Wednesday heard a secretly-taped recording of former City Councilman Daniel Halloran telling an undercover agent that Republicans should get at least half of the city’s top appointments, according to a published report.

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Fast food for thought


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

In one of the most widely broken “exclusive” stories of the year, Leroy Comrie will challenge embattled state Senator Malcolm Smith in the Democratic primary election in September. Comrie, former Queens delegation leader in the City Council, attorney Munir Avery, Navy veteran Bernadette Semple and Clyde Vanel, also an attorney, are in the contest with […]

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Tipping points


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Now that the Empire State has raised the minimum wage to $8 an hour, Governor Cuomo is being accused of dragging his feet when it comes to a minimum wage increase and other labor protections for people who work for tips. Albany raised minimum to $8 as of last December 31 — it goes to […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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TODAY’S FORECAST: Tuesday: Becoming partly cloudy after some morning light rain. Fog early. High 66. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 41. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

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Politics springing ahead


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Recent raw temperatures are threatening to send March out like a polar bear rather than a lamb, but things are springing up all over the political landscape. Another political neophyte has stepped up to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith for his 14th District seat, according to the Board of Elections (BOE). Bernadette Semple, who […]

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Speedy trial for the mayor


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The 800-pound gorilla in the political room recently has been … speed. The notoriously late Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose campaign platform included a prelude to his “Vision Zero” plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities, has been getting skewered because his NYPD drivers rolled through stop signs and exceeded the 45 mph speed limit on the […]

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Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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State Senator Tony Avella is joining the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), he announced Wednesday. He will be the fifth member of the breakaway faction of Senate Democrats — led by Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx — who share majority control of the chamber with Republicans.

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How to secede in politics without really trying


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

This past week, a well-placed zinger by Governor Cuomo put city pols on notice that no amount of foot stamping can change political reality: New York City may be the capital of the universe, but Albany is the capital of New York. Mayor de Blasio upped the ante on his demand for a city-controlled tax […]

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Four-letter words


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

You aren’t supposed to use four-letter words in a family newspaper, but you can’t go without saying, “snow.”  Plow envy is a risk when the city must tend to every main drag and we tend to burn when we can’t park. Mayor de Blasio will take heat no matter what. Hizzoner has pushed the late […]

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Community Board 11 to lose longtime leader, elect new chair


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Community Board 11 will bid farewell to Jerry Iannece, who is term-limited due to the board’s bylaws. An election to replace him will take place March 3.

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