2013: The year in photos


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As we bid adieu to 2013, The Queens Courier brings you a look at the year that was . . . from the selection of a new Pope to the downfall of our elected officials, to tragedy, controversy and everything in between. And as we look ahead to 2014, we wish our new legislators luck and the best year for our readers.

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Melissa Mark-Viverito says she has support to become next City Council speaker


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Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito is claiming she will have enough votes in the City Council to become its next speaker. In a statement issued Wednesday night, Mark-Viverito, who represents District 8, said she has the backing of 30 councilmembers and councilmembers-elect, including Queens members Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras, Daneek Miller, Donovan Richards, Eric Ulrich and Jimmy […]

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Lost Queens GOP opportunities


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

The most recent fight for control of the Queens County Republican organization between factions led by current county chairman Phil Ragusa and challenger former Congressmember Bob Turner supported by NYC Councilmember Eric Ulrich and his insurgents reminds me of two hyenas fighting over the carcass of a dead animal, in this case remnants of the […]

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2013 ELECTION DAY COVERAGE


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Check back here for continuing Election Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results. 11: 41 p.m.: According to the New York Times, Melinda Katz has been projected the winner of the Queens borough president race, and the following City Council candidates have also been projected as winners: District 19: Democrat Paul […]

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2013 general election guide


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the clock ticks closer to the general election on Tuesday, November 5, The Courier, in our continuing election coverage, brings you our voters’ guide. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure to cast your ballot for mayor, public advocate, city comptroller, borough president, city council and even judges. According to the Board […]

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City Council incumbents Weprin, Crowley miss DC 37 union endorsement


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Two City Council incumbents from Queens were not endorsed by the city’s largest public employee union because they did not apply for the nod, the union said. DC 37 released its endorsements for the November general election last Wednesday, which included multiple sitting councilmembers in the borough and candidates who won primaries in September. Left […]

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City Council District 27 race still not over


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The race for the City Council District 27 seat is not yet over. Sondra Peeden ran in the Democratic primary only to come in last place out of six candidates, according to unofficial results. After the tallies came in, Peeden switched gears. The full-time candidate is continuing the race, but on the Independence line. “I […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 27


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the City Council District 27 primary candidates (St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica , Baisley Park, Addisleigh Park;parts of […]

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In support of Community Safety Act


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I write to support efforts to override the mayor’s veto of two pieces of legislation important to our community and city – the bills known as the Community Safety Act. I joined a rally of concerned councilmembers, justice advocates and community members on July 18 to make clear my support and help push back against […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

MAYOR Philanthropist George Soros and State Senator Liz Krueger endorsed Bill de Blasio. Sandra Fluke, a women’s rights activist, endorsed Christine Quinn. PUBLIC ADVOCATE The Reverend Floyd Flake, the New York City Police Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association endorsed Cathy Guerriero. El Diario and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union endorsed […]

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Campaign contributions filed


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The city’s Campaign Finance Board has posted the following filings for 2013 city and Queens races. Candidates collected these net contributions from May 12 to July 11. Disclosure statements were due July 15. MAYOR* Adolfo Carrion, Jr.: $1,157,055 John Catsimatidis: $4,018,585 Bill de Blasio: $4,141,972 Joe Lhota: $1,798,839 John Liu: $3,389,446 Christine Quinn: $7,637,577 Bill […]

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Endorsement roundup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

CITY COUNCIL The United Federation of Teachers endorsed the following candidates: District 20: Peter Koo District 21: Julissa Ferreras District 22: Costa Constantinides District 23: Mark Weprin District 24: Rory Lancman District 25: Daniel Dromm District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer District 27: Daneek Miller District 30: Elizabeth Crowley District 31: Donovan Richards District 32: Eric Ulrich Paul Vallone was endorsed by Assemblymember Ron Kim, the New […]

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Recent city candidate endorsements


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Several candidates have been endorsed by the Working Families Party: City Council District 19: Austin Shafran City Council District 21: Julissa Ferreras City Council District 22: Costa Constantinides City Council District 23: Mark Weprin City Council District 24: Rory Lancman City Council District 25: Danny Dromm City Council District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer City Council […]

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Queens candidates rack up backing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

CITY COUNCIL New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO endorsed several Queens candidates for City Council districts: INCUMBENTS City Council District 21: Julissa Ferreras City Council District 29: Karen Koslowitz City Council District 30: Elizabeth Crowley City Council District 31: Donovan Richards OPEN SEATS City Council District 22: Costa Constantinides City Council District 24: Rory […]

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More endorsements come in for Queens, mayoral candidates


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

City Council The Working Families Party last week endorsed several Queens candidates for City Council. Five incumbents received the party’s backing, as did three candidates running for open seats. Incumbents: City Council District 21: Julissa Ferreras City Council District 25: Daniel Dromm City Council District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer City Council District 30: Elizabeth Crowley […]

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