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Anthony Weiner opening up restaurant in Rockaways


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Anthony Weiner is helping to restore the Rockaways, but not as a politician.

Instead, he’s launching Rockaway Restoration Kitchen, a nonprofit agency that aims to “operate a healthy, sustainable restaurant in a hard luck community to provide training, on-the-job apprenticeships and placement in the culinary and food service sector for unemployed New Yorkers,” according to its page on Idealist.org.

Hurricane Sandy damaged much of the peninsula, and the restaurant, which was first reported to open by the Rockaway Times, is looking to help out the still-suffering residents there.

“Our goal is to provide a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with healthy, locally sourced food that satisfies the hunger of Rockaway residents, attracts visitors and serves up dignity and self-sufficiency by serving as a hands on training ground to provide skills, real experience and job placement in the culinary industry,”  the restaurant says on its website.

Weiner, who virtually ended his political career in a sexting scandal back in 2011 and then mounted a failed mayoral campaign that was marred by another sexting discretion, represented the Rockaways for more than a decade.

He told the Daily News this project is something that the area needs.

“Large swaths of the peninsula are lacking in quality, sustainable, nutritious food,” he said. “It’s also sadly true that many residents need help developing skills to lift them out of unemployment.”

The Kitchen is currently looking to fill an executive director position. This person will be in charge of the management and operation of all aspects of the social enterprise as well as the nonprofit corporation, multiple food-service based lines of business and the youth training program, according to the listing.

There is no set date for the kitchen’s debut.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and a chance of rain. High of 81. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and a chance of rain. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Saturday Night Fever

Come to Astoria Park at 8:30 p.m. for a free screening of the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Package of beauty supplies triggers police, FBI response at JFK

Police and federal agents responded to JFK Airport’s postal facility after two customs agents reported a strange odor coming from a package Sunday, officials said. Read more: NBC New York

Quinn aims to raise the legal dropout age to make sure that a legal adult is making the decision

Kids would be legally barred from dropping out of high school until they turn 18 under a proposal announced Sunday by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Read more: New York Daily News 

New York State cracks down on speeders, other traffic violators

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced a weeklong crackdown targeting speeders and aggressive drivers around the state. Read more: CBS New York 

Poll: most New Yorkers embarrassed by Weiner, Spitzer

Even most New Yorkers watching Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer in political races dominated by their sex scandals want to forget about it. Read more: AP

Holder: Some drug offenders shouldn’t face mandatory minimum sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder is directing federal prosecutors to change they way they file charges for some drug crimes, to reduce the number of convictions for offenses that carry inflexible, mandatory minimum sentences. Read more: NBC New York

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 79. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 75. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY:  Hey Dango

Children and adults will enjoy this interactive supersonic dance party, Hey Dango, about three space explorers and one wacky fun-loving alien named Dango. Starts at 7 p.m. in Highland Park at Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Low expectations for New York standardized test scores

New York education officials are set to release the much-anticipated results of this year’s statewide English and math tests. Read more: AP

Five Queens stations to get ‘next train’ audio announcements

Subway riders at five Queens stations aren’t getting countdown clocks yet, but starting Wednesday they’ll have the next best thing — next train audio announcements. Read more: New York Daily News

Southwest nose gear likely failed from “stress overload,” NTSB says

The National Transportation Safety Board says a Southwest Airlines plane’s nose gear appears to have failed because of “stress overload” when it collapsed during landing at LaGuardia last month, causing the plane to skid and spark down the runway.  Read more: NBC New York

Immunization clinics in Queens and the Bronx set to close by the end of the month

The city is gearing up to shutdown immunization centers in Queens and the Bronx even as children are flocking to them as part of the back-to-school rush. Read more: New York Daily News 

Weiner calls GOP candidate ‘grandpa’ at AARP mayoral forum

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner made waves Tuesday, when he called a Republican rival “grandpa” during a confrontation at a forum sponsored by the AARP. Read more: CBS New York

Cleveland house of horrors where women spent decade in ‘hell’ due to be razed

The boarded-up, two-story house where Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro held three women for a decade will be knocked down on Wednesday, just days after its former occupant was sentenced to life behind bars without parole plus an additional millennium. Read more: NBC News 

 

Candidates come out to Rockaway Beach


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Political candidates recently spoke at the Friends of Rockaway Beach forum, where they affirmed their commitment to address the needs of the Rockaway community.

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner headlined the forum for the district he once represented in Congress. Democratic mayoral candidates Comptroller John Liu, former Councilmember Sal Albanese and Republicans John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota also made their cases to the voters.

Borough President candidates Melinda Katz and State Senator Tony Avella, Councilmember Eric Ulrich and his challengers Lew Simon and William Ruiz, and Public Advocate candidates Letitia James and Cathy Guerriero also addressed the packed room.

“We’re going to ask them to tell us their plans for our beaches, our boardwalk, our play areas,” said John Cori, co-president of Friends of Rockaway Beach and the organizer of the event. “We need to hold our elected officials accountable.”

The candidates talked about greater protection for the beach, improving transportation to and from Rockaway and giving the community a greater voice in City Hall.

Weiner, recently scandalized once more for “sexting,” slammed City Hall for creating “hipster-looking concessions” on the beach rather than restoring it. He also demanded extended ferry service, which is set to end by Labor Day.

“Rockaway might be this far away place to City Hall, but it won’t be if I’m mayor,” he said.
Katz then questioned the city’s readiness and response to Sandy, a topic the audience was hoping to discuss.

“Where are the double dunes that will protect the homes?” asked Katz. “Where’s the evacuation plan?”

She also talked about investing in the Rockaways and building it “better than it was.”
Avella blasted both Katz and Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., two leading candidates for Borough President, for their voting records while in the City Council.

Avella’s plan for the Rockaways includes giving the area a railroad line, getting rid of tolls and 24 hours of bus service.

Ulrich touted his record in the City Council and stressed how participatory budgeting gave way to success.

“In those four-and-a-half years, I’ve been able to secure, with your help, millions and millions of dollars in capital improvements and programming for senior centers, for schools, for libraries, to keep our firehouses open,” he said.

His challenger, Simon, gave an impassioned speech about the devastated community and the need to rebuild it.

“There’s no boardwalk. There are no benches. There’s nothing here!” said Simon. “I want to be chair of the Parks and Recreation committee. I want to make sure our boardwalk is built.”

Other candidates for mayor and public advocate also courted the Rockaway vote and spoke about focusing on the Rockaways if elected.

 

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Weiner says he won’t quit race in new campaign video


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He’s too New York to quit.

Anthony Weiner, in a new video posted on his campaign website Tuesday night, again vowed to stay in the race despite admitting last week he continued to exchange sexually explicit messages with women after he resigned from Congress.

“They don’t know New York. They certainly don’t know me. Quit isn’t the way we roll in New York City,” he says in the video, referencing calls from newspapers and other politicians for him to drop his mayoral bid.

“It’s really not about the campaign and not about the candidates, and this isn’t about me,” he continues. “This is about helping New Yorkers, because they understand this is about them.”

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 70. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Family Movies in the Park – Glory

Check out a free film screening of Glory, a dramatic account of the Civil War’s first all-black regiment, led by northern white commander Colonel Robert Gould Shaw at Baisley Pond Park at 8 p.m. This movie is based on the idealistic, privileged Shaw’s Civil War letters. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Anthony Weiner stays in race, new campaign ad

New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has released a new campaign video saying he won’t quit the race. Read more: AP

Advocacy group: MTA fares could jump to $3.75 in a decade

It is only a projection, but an advocacy group warned Tuesday that if the Metropolitan Transportation Authority goes on raising fares as it has the past two times, a single subway or bus ride could cost $3.75 in 10 years. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens physician charged with being a Dr. Feelgood, selling Oxycodone prescriptions

A Queens doctor was busted Tuesday for allegedly acting more like a dealer than a healer — taking money for prescriptions for painkillers without examining patients, officials said. Read more: New York Daily News

Coalition formed to oppose Spitzer’s campaign

Business leaders, women’s groups and labor unions have joined forces in an effort to convince voters that former governor Eliot Spitzer would be a poor choice for New York City comptroller. Read more: AP

Montreal-bound American Eagle flight out of LaGuardia makes emergency landing upstate

An American Eagle flight that departed LaGuardia Airport bound for Montreal Tuesday made an emergency landing at an upstate airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit and cabin. Read more: New York Daily News

U.S. military judge to hear arguments in Manning sentencing

The trial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier found guilty on 19 counts of handing over classified data to WikiLeaks, is scheduled to move into the sentencing phase on Wednesday. Read more: Reuters

Weiner falls to fourth place in latest poll


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After losing his lead in the mayoral race in one poll last week, Anthony Weiner has fallen to fourth place in another survey of voters.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday Weiner received 16 percent of the likely Democratic primary vote, down from 26 percent in a July 24 Quinnipiac survey, where he placed first.

“With six weeks to go, anything can happen, but it looks like former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have sexted himself right out of the race for New York City mayor,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Pulling ahead of Weiner is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 27 percent, followed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with 21 percent and former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 20 percent.

Finishing behind Weiner in the poll were Democratic opponents Comptroller John Liu, who garnered 6 percent, and former Councilmember Sal Albanese who had 2 percent.

The poll also found 53 percent of Democratic primary voters believe Weiner should drop out of the race following the former Congressmember’s latest sexting scandal.

If Weiner does withdraw his bid for mayor, the poll showed Quinn would still receive the most votes in the primary, but a runoff would still be likely.

In a runoff between Weiner and Quinn, the poll found Quinn would come out on top. But if the City Council Speaker faced Thompson, then she would lose the primary.

 

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Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager quits


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Anthony Weiner’s campaign manager Danny Kedem has quit amid the fallout from the mayoral candidate’s latest sexting scandal, according to reports.

Kedem’s resignation is the latest blow to the campaign following revelations that Weiner continued to exchange sexually explicit online messages and photos with at least one woman after he left Congress in June 2011.

Despite calls from his opponents to withdraw from the race and a poll that showed a drop in support, Weiner has vowed to continue with his mayoral bid.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 82. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 72. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: 35th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow

The Queens County Farm Museum will be hosting the 35th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow from Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28. New Yorkers are invited to experience intertribal Native American dances that include 40 distinct tribes in addition to Native American cuisine, art, jewelry and craft. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission for adults is $15 for an all-weekend pass and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Anthony Weiner sexting partner comes forward

Anthony Weiner said Thursday that he’d traded racy messages with as many as three women since similar sexting forced him out of Congress. Read more: AP

Former Queens City Councilman Eric Gioia slapped with $72,000 fine for violating campaign finance laws

Former Queens city councilman Eric Gioia on Thursday got slammed with a wallet-busting $72,402 fine for violating a slew of campaign finance laws while running for public advocate in 2009. Read more: New York Daily News 

MTA to spend $165 million on 300 new buses

The MTA will spend $165 million to buy 300 new buses that will be manufactured in upstate New York. Read more: New York Daily News

Polls shows Spitzer continues to lead in comptroller race

A pair of polls show that Eliot Spitzer still has a lead in his bid for the city comptroller’s office – but according to one survey, challenger Scott Stringer is well within striking distance. Read more: NY1

Juror says she owes Trayvon Martin’s family an apology

The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin’s parents. Read more: ABC News

 

Anthony Weiner loses lead in new poll


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Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has lost support among voters after it was revealed he continued sexting following his resignation from Congress, a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released today found.

In a June poll, 25 percent of registered Democrats said they would vote for Weiner and 20 percent said they would chose City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The new poll, conducted Wednesday, showed Quinn leading with 25 percent, and 16 percent of voters supporting Weiner.

In a runoff situation, Weiner is virtually tied with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who both are at 14 percent, according to the new poll results.

The poll also found his favorability rating has dropped from 52 to 30 percent since last month, and 47 percent of registered Democrats believe Weiner doesn’t deserve another chance, down from 59 percent in June.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 81. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 66. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Waterfront Concert Series 2013

The band Motor City Revue will perform a tribute to Motown at this outdoor concert on the Astoria Park Lawn at 7:30 p.m. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

City Council approves 10-year limit for Madison Square Garden

The New York City Council voted Wednesday to limit Madison Square Garden’s permit at its current spot above Penn Station to 10 years — a decision cheered by civic organizations campaigning to move the home of the Knicks and Rangers so the busy station can be renovated. Read more: AP

Weiner sends email to supporters in wake of latest sexting scandal

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner issued the following letter to supporters Wednesday, a day after revelations that he exchanged graphic emails and photos with a young woman after he resigned from Congress in 2011. Read more: CBS New York

Queens, N.Y., hit-and-run driver speeds away with bicyclist on roof, flinging him off

A motorist callously ignored the pleas of a bicyclist he cut down in Queens, N.Y., early Wednesday — speeding for almost two blocks as the victim clung to the roof, police and a witness said. Read more: New York Daily News

Shirtless man breaches JFK security

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Woman, child from Oregon used in Eliot Spitzer campaign ad without permission

A campaign ad for former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer that acknowledges his 2008 prostitution scandal with the admission, “I failed, big time,” features a woman from Oregon who did not authorize the appearance. Read more: NBC New York

Senate approves deal to reverse spike in student loan rates

The Senate on Wednesday approved a bipartisan deal to reverse a recent spike in interest rates on millions of new federal student loans. Read more: Reuters 

Anthony Weiner responds to sexting allegations


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Anthony Weiner’s sex scandal troubles are ready for their own comeback.

The Dirty, a gossip and satire website, is claiming that the mayoral candidate’s sexting did not end with his June 2011 resignation from Congress.

But this time, Weiner is not denying the allegations.

In a statement released today, he said some of the claims published on the site are true.

“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner said. “As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress. While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong.”

“This behavior is behind me,” the statement continued. “I’ve apologized to Huma [Abedin, Weiner’s wife] and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward.”

The site posted screenshots of sexually explicit online messages between the former Queens congressmember and a then-22-year-old woman.

The Dirty quoted the young woman, who is choosing to remain anonymous, as claiming to have had an online and over-the-phone relationship with Weiner for six months starting in July 2012. She “believed they were in love,” according to www.thedirty.com.

The woman also said that after Weiner started the relationship with her through Facebook, he promised her a job at the news publication Politico and a condo in Chicago, among other things.

By August, the relationship had escalated to phone sex and exchanging naked photos, according to the woman.

Weiner would allegedly send pictures of his genitals to her using the name “Carlos Danger.” The Dirty posted one of those photos online along with the woman’s claims.

The two even planned to meet to have sex, she said.

“We only spoke once in December 2012, and then I didn’t hear from Anthony Weiner again until April 11, 2013 when a [New York Times] article about him was released,” she told The Dirty. “He reactivated his Facebook and asked me what I thought of it.”

Following Weiner’s latest confession, Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese said that these latest allegations prove that he is “unfit to serve as mayor.

“Unfortunately, my other opponents have danced around the issue. I’m not going to do that,” he said in a statement. “I’m calling for Anthony Weiner to do right by New Yorkers and withdraw from the race.”

Mayoral candidates, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, and Republican John Catsimatidis, also called for Weiner’s resignation today.

In a press conference Tuesday evening Weiner refused to quit the race, and apologized, standing by his initial statement.

“I’m responsible for this behavior that led [my wife and me] to be in this place, but in many ways things are not that much different than they were yesterday,” said Weiner.

He reiterated that he wouldn’t dispute any allegations, but wouldn’t confirm specifics.

Weiner did address the timeline of events admitting, “some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them happened after.”

His wife also spoke , saying that her husband made “some horrible mistakes” before and after he left Congress, but that they had worked through it.

“I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him,” she stated. “And, as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”

Updated July 23, 6:16 p.m.

 

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Queens political hall of shame


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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This New York City election season features not one, but two formerly disgraced politicians asking voters to give them a second chance.

Former Congressmember Anthony Weiner, who announced he is running for mayor in May, and former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who launched his bid for city comptroller last week, were both forced to resign after sexual scandals.

They’re not the only ones in the political hall of shame. Here’s a recap of some recent Queens electeds who have been caught in their own scandals.

State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilmember Dan Halloran

State Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilmember Dan Halloran are still fighting off bombshell accusations they had an elaborate scheme to rig the 2013 mayoral election.

The two were among six officials arrested by the FBI on April 2.

Smith, a registered Democrat, needed consent from three of the city’s five GOP chairmen to run for mayor as a Republican. He allegedly bribed GOP officials to get on the ticket.

Feds say Halloran pocketed nearly $21,000 in cash for setting up meetings between Smith and GOP officials. He also offered up councilmember item cash in exchange for bribes, prosecutors said.

Smith, elected to the State Senate in 2000, was the chair of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) before his power was revoked shortly after the arrest.

Halloran has been the Republican incumbent in Council District 19 since 2009. He was stripped of his committee assignments and ability to allocate funds. He said he would not seek reelection this year.

The two have denied wrongdoing. Their cases are ongoing.

Shirley Huntley

Former State Senator Shirley Huntley was arrested and charged last August with two felonies and a misdemeanor for drafting a fake letter to show that a sham nonprofit group, the Parents Information Network, used a $30,000 state grant for “workshops.”

Despite calls for her to resign following the arrest, Huntley continued with her reelection campaign, but lost her seat to then-Councilmember James Sanders in the 2012 Democratic Primary. She had held the seat since 2007.

Though she initially pleaded not guilty, she pleaded guilty to the charges almost six months after her arrest. In May, she was sentenced to one year and one day in jail plus three years probation.

The same month, it was revealed that Huntley secretly recorded the conversations of elected officials while she was still in office at the request of federal authorities.

Jimmy Meng

Former Assemblymember Jimmy Meng was arrested by the FBI in July 2012 and charged with bribery.

Meng, 69, was the first Asian-American to serve in the New York State legislature. He represented Flushing from 2005 to 2006 and is the father to Congressmember Grace Meng.

Feds said Meng solicited $80,000 in bribes from a state court defendant who had been charged with state tax crimes and sought Meng’s help to reduce the sentence.

Meng was caught red-handed at his Flushing lumber yard accepting a fruit basket filled with cash from the defendant, who was cooperating with FBI agents.

He pleaded guilty last November and served his one month jail sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was released on April 18.

Meng is currently serving four months of house arrest and two years of probation. He was also ordered to pay $30,000 in fines and serve 750 hours of community service.

Hiram Monserrate

Former Councilmember and State Senator Hiram Monserrate was sentenced to 24 months in prison in December 2012 after pleading guilty to charges that he misappropriated more than $100,000 in City Council discretionary funding to finance his failed 2006 run for state Senate.

The money was directed to the Latino Initiative for Better Resources and Empowerment (LIBRE), a non-profit in his council district at the time. The discretionary funds, which are drawn from city taxpayer dollars, were used to pay employees of the non-profit to collect signatures, work on his Senate campaign and conduct a voter registration drive.

Monserrate, who was elected to the state Senate in 2008 after eight years in the City Council, was expelled from the seat in 2010 after being convicted of domestic assault on his girlfriend. He lost the subsequent special election to state Senator Jose Peralta.

Anthony Seminerio

FBI agents arrested longtime Queens Assemblymember Anthony Seminerio in September 2008 after an investigation found that he that he took nearly $1 million from hospitals, a school and other entities for actions he undertook as a member of the State Assembly. A grand jury indicted him a month later.

In June 2009, he resigned from his seat after 30 years in the Assembly and pleaded guilty.

He was sentenced in February 2010 to six years in prison.

Seminerio passed away in January 2011 at age 75.

Brian McLaughlin

In March 2008, Assemblymember Brian McLaughlin, a seven-term politician and former head of the New York City Central Labor Council (CLC), pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $2.2 million in funds from people he worked for and served along with numerous organizations.

Those included the CLC, the state of New York and even a number of nonprofits.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Following his 2006 arrest, he left office at the end of the year after serving in the Assembly since 1993.

Alan Hevesi

In December 2006, former Queens Assemblymember and State Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty to a class E felony defrauding the state government by using a state employee as a personal chauffeur for his ailing wife.

Hevesi, who resigned as comptroller the same month he pleaded guilty, received the maximum four-year sentence.

After serving 20 months behind bars, Hevesi was released from prison. He will remain on parole until April 2015.

Dennis Gallagher

First elected in 2001, City Councilmember Dennis Gallagher resigned in March 2008 after he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, admitting that he sexually abused a woman in his office in Middle Village in July 2007 while he was intoxicated.

The victim later filed a civil suit against him.

 

 

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Can politicians comeback after a scandal?


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When Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer stood in front of the media, admitted their sexual scandals to the public and resigned from office, many believed it was the end of their political careers.

Not only are both men back in politics running for citywide office in New York City, but, according to two recent polls, the Democratic candidates have topped the front-runners in their primary races.

“None of that motivation [to hold political office] goes away because you get caught doing something scandalous,” said Michael Krasner, an associate political science professor at Queens College and co-director of the Taft Institute for Government.

Krasner added that the public tends to be more forgiving of sexual scandals than monetary ones because the former are often viewed as personal matters, compared to the misuse of public money typical of the latter.

But forgiveness may not be the only factor explaining Spitzer and Weiner’s favorable ratings in the polls. Both candidates are benefitting from name recognition, said Krasner.

Yet Spitzer’s high ratings in the polls do not necessarily portend victory on Election Day.

Krasner said Spitzer has made enemies of virtually every interest group in city except for unions. However, many of them have already endorsed Spitzer’s Democratic primary opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Such groups are the ones who get out the vote during primary elections, Krasner said.

Though Weiner does not have the same problem as Spitzer, Krasner said the former governor’s political bid could hurt his mayoral chances.

Spitzer “takes the spotlight off of Weiner,” he said. “Spitzer’s entry could hurt Weiner because too many politicians are asking for forgiveness.”

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 97. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low of 79. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: SummerStage -  Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl

SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, runs in Queens thru August 11. On Tuesday, July 16, check out a concert with Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl, part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series, at Queensbridge Park at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Longball fans strike out as track fire on No. 7 line leaves them stranded

Longball fans trying to leave Citi Field following the Home Run Derby Monday night struck out on the No. 7 line — a track fire led to a frustrating service outage. Read more: New York Daily News 

Spitzer, Weiner lead NYC races in poll

If Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are turning the city’s elections into a turnoff, someone might want to tell the voters. Read more: AP

David Petraeus will take $1 salary for CUNY teaching post

Former CIA director David Petraeus has taken a pay cut — instead of earning $150,000 to lecture three hours a week at CUNY, he’ll receive $1. Read more: New York Daily News

Gas prices spike in tri-state area, experts say, due to unrest  in Egypt

If it seems like you’re shelling out more for gas in the past few days that’s because you are. Read more: CBS New York

 Zimmerman juror speaks out: I think Trayvon was the aggressor

One of the jurors from the George Zimmerman trial has broken her silence. Read more: CBS New York