Sentencing for Dan Halloran on bribery conviction pushed back to March 4


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Disgraced former City Councilman Dan Halloran will have another six weeks to practice his scuba diving techniques after a federal judge this week adjourned sentencing for his role in a bribery scheme during the 2013 mayoral campaign. Halloran, who was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, is now due to go before U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas on March 4,

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A year in photos: The Queens Courier looks back at 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The Queens Courier is taking a look back at the year gone by, from the inauguration of a new mayor to the horrifying derailment of an F train under Queens Boulevard. The year saw more political ups and downs, tragedies and celebrations. Our high school basketball teams were champions and Queens was named the best place to visit in the nation.

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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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