Malcolm Smith denies Republican run for mayor


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Conflicting reports have come out about a Democrat state senator considering a run for mayor next year as a Republican. The New York Post reported on Wednesday, August 1, that State Senator Malcolm Smith, who was the majority leader when the party held the senate, was in talks with the state Republican party about running […]

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Halloran slammed with 10 years behind bars for bribery scheme


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A federal judge threw the book at disgraced former Councilman Dan Halloran, sentencing him on Wednesday to 10 years behind bars for his conviction in a failed bribery plot to hijack the Republican Party’s 2013 mayoral nomination for Democrat Malcolm Smith.

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Powerful partying


| vschneps@queenscourier.com

Charles and Daphne Chan, Tracy and Seth Kupferberg, Deidre Major,
Councilman Peter Koo, Tony Major, Congresswoman Grace Meng and Claire Schulman

I feel like I’ve been hit by lightning! If any of you have been watching Geraldo Rivera on Monday nights on “Celebrity Apprentice,” you know he is raising serious money for his favorite cause — Life’s WORC. I’m thrilled to tell you it is the organization I founded 44 years ago to help my first-born […]

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Fumes from chemistry lab in Richmond Hill school send 21 students to area hospitals


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

A science experiment that went wrong sent 21 students from Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy in Richmond Hill to area hospitals earlier Thursday morning after fumes filled a chemistry lab, officials said.

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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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