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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 88. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 75. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

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Three Queens Borough President candidates slam $3 billion Willets Point proposal

Two City Councilmen — who happen to both be running for Queens borough president — are trying to block the plate against a proposed mega-mall next to CitiField. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens leaders shoot down home raising plan that could cost residents tens of thousands of dollars

Queens leaders shot down a city plan that could cost homeowners — still reeling from Superstorm Sandy — tens of thousands of additional dollars. Read more: New York Daily News

Documents on former Mayor Koch released by FBI

Documents released for the first time Tuesday from the FBI file on former New York City Mayor Edward Koch detail one of the more obscure chapters of his storied political career: an unsolved plot to paint the then-congressman as a racist by circulating a forged letter, warning the city would become a “ghost town” if voters elected a black mayor. Read more: AP

Quinn: Spitzer, Weiner haven’t earned second chance

Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn took some shots at the comeback efforts of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. Read more: CBS New York

Surviving suspect in Boston bombing due in court

Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion. Read more: AP

Poll puts Weiner ahead in mayoral race


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A new poll released Tuesday night shows Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner as the front-runner in the race one month after announcing his bid.

The NBC New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll found that 25 percent of registered Democrats would vote for the former congressmember in the primary. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn came in second with 20 percent, followed by former Comptroller Bill Thompson, at 13 percent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 10 percent and city Comptroller John Liu at 8 percent.

In earlier polls, Quinn was the candidate to beat.

A May 28 Marist poll showed Christine Quinn with 24 percent and Anthony Weiner with 19 percent.

But even with Weiner in the lead, a primary runoff, which is required if a candidate receives fewer than 40 percent of the vote, seems likely.

Though Weiner would lose in a runoff to Quinn, he still has gained ground since the May Marist poll.

Tuesday’s poll found that Quinn would win 44 percent to 42 percent, with 14 percent undecided.  Last month, the Marist poll showed Council Speaker beating him 48 percent to 33 percent, with 18 percent undecided.

 

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Mayoral candidates take on tech at forum


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Mayoral candidates discussed ways to improve the city’s booming technology industry during the Mayoral Tech Policy Forum on June 17 at the Museum of the Moving Image.

The Coalition for Queens, which fosters the tech community in the borough, hosted the event. It brought out more than 100 techies.

“Technology affects everything from all the different industries,” said JuKay Hsu, founder of the Coalition for Queens. “I think it should be a large part of everything the candidates do.”

Former Councilmember Sal Albanese, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr., City Comptroller John Liu and former Congressman Anthony Weiner took part in the discussion.

To kick off the forum, moderators asked the candidates to reveal what their smart phones, carriers and favorite apps are.

Albanese has a BlackBerry Bold with Verizon and likes the Major League Baseball app; Carrion carries an iPhone with Verizon and frequently listens to Pandora; Liu has an iPhone with AT&T service and also likes Pandora; and Weiner said he has both a BlackBerry and an iPhone, but did not name his carriers or his favorite app.

Moderators Anjali Athavaley of The Wall Street Journal and Nilay Patel of The Verge emphasized the event was not a debate. But the cast of former and current public officials did not miss a chance to promote their campaigns while answering questions collected from social media and tech communities.

Topics included tech jobs, startup companies, housing for workers, digital media and education in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The candidates all praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to boost the tech industry, but agreed more could be done. Ideas included increasing the city’s broadband infrastructure.

Discussing technology in schools, Wiener suggested that all students carry Kindles in their backpacks instead of 40-pound books. He later clarified he was not supporting Amazon, which makes and sells the Kindle, but mentioned the device as one example of e-readers.

The roundtable also touched on “disrupters” such as Uber. The app, which allows people to schedule a cab instead of hailing one, has come under fire from the Taxi and Limousine Commission. But Weiner drew some laughs about the subject in general.

“I like the disrupter title. I’d like to think I’ve done that to the mayoral campaign,” he said, adding, “We want you to be a successful tech company, but we don’t want you to undermine the laws.”

Building more affordable housing for tech workers and having more office space for companies was another popular idea at the forum.

 

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Candidates answer questions at Courier mayoral forum


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The Democratic, Republican and independent mayoral candidates all came together on one stage for the first time since the race to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg began.

The Courier hosted its Mayoral Forum on Friday, June 7 at Terrace on the Park with Democrats Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner joined Republicans John Catsimatidis, George McDonald, Joe Lhota and independent Adolfo Carrion. Moderator and NY1 anchor Rocco Vertuccio asked questions pertaining to both borough and city issues.

Vertuccio kicked off the event with a question about handling labor contracts for city workers.

“The municipal work force is demoralized,” Albanese said. “Many haven’t gotten a raise in five years.”

The former councilmember said he would do his best to provide retroactive pay for the workforce without raising taxes.

Carrion suggested establishing a cost-sharing relationship with the city’s workforce, while Lhota said workers do not pay their fair share when it comes to healthcare costs.

“We don’t want to go backwards,” McDonald said, adding he would not sign a labor contract that did not include a cost of participation for healthcare by municipal employees.

He also said there are “too many city employees” and that the city should utilize available technology to fulfill the tasks of some jobs.

Weiner agreed the city needs to take control of spending, especially healthcare costs, and utilize local pharmacies and labs to keep “our healthcare money here in Queens.” He was the only candidate to stand while speaking.

The Major League Soccer (MLS) development in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was a source of disagreement, with some candidates taking a pro-development stance and others aiming to preserve as much parkland as possible.

De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, said he lived near the park and has a “personal sense” of how much Flushing Meadows means to people.

“Sports don’t necessarily help out the larger economy,” he said.

However, he said that finding a way to create a stadium that gives an opportunity to keep the same amount of parkland would be a “worthy discussion.”

“I’m all for having a stadium somewhere in the city, but we can’t burden Flushing Meadows,” Lhota said.

He added we should not be taking parkland and using it for other initiatives. Lhota suggested allocating the funds to renovate the New York State Pavilion instead.

City Comptroller Liu, a Queens native, said he wants to make sure there is no alienation of parkland and that it should not be sold to public interests.

Before leaving for another engagement, City Council Speaker Quinn said it is “critically important to have the utmost respect for the community and voice of the local elected officials.”

She added that is why she has been working with Councilmember Julissa Ferreras on the area’s proposed tennis center.

Former Congressmember Weiner said he is pro-development and would love to have MLS in the borough, but first, he joked, he’d “love to have major league baseball here in Queens.”

“I’m a Mets fan. I can say it,” he said with a laugh.

One citywide issue concerned government’s alleged use of violation fines as a source of revenue. The Bloomberg administration has come under criticism by some who fines placed upon small businesses are unfair. Vertuccio asked the candidates what they would do.

Catsimatidis, once a small business owner himself, proposed a “business advocate group” within the city. When business owners are fined and believe it is unwarranted, they would not need to hire a lawyer. In Catsimatidis’ proposal, the advocacy group would fight on the owner’s behalf.

“New York City is at war with its small businesses,” Thompson said.

McDonald said his city sweeping company cleans the streets outside of merchants’ sites and “saves [them] millions of dollars a year in fines.”

When it came to city cultural institutions and the yearly “budget dance” that such organizations experience, all the candidates agreed there needs to be more control over the mayoral budget, saying the confusion should end.

Thompson said the city should put more money into cultural institutions and place art and music education back in the public school system.

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Some candidates briefly showed their claws during the forum’s closing remarks. Albanese made reference to Weiner’s controversial fall from office.

“Weiner is interesting,” Albanese said. “He’s very political and articulate. But I believe it’s important if you want to be the mayor of New York City to have credibility. He’s betrayed the public trust on several occasions. I think that disqualifies him from running for mayor.”

The remark was met with sounds of disapproval from the panel, with McDonald tapping loudly on his microphone.

Moving on, de Blasio described his proposal to tax the “wealthiest New Yorkers so we can have full day pre-kindergarten programs for our kids.”

Catsimatidis called himself “the balance,” saying he has not taken any campaign donations from political contributors.

Carrion said he is running as an independent to “ensure this city of promise gives this opportunity to our generation and future generations.”

Candidates will continue to blaze down the campaign trail until the primary election in September, followed by the mayoral election in November.

 

 

Anthony Weiner speaks with The Queens Courier


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A few days after announcing his candidacy for New York City mayor via a YouTube video, Anthony Weiner returned to the Queens community he represented for over a decade in Congress to sit down with several weekly papers including The Courier.

“Community papers have been a fundamental part of the way that I’ve always wanted to communicate with citizens I’ve represented,” Weiner explained. “And frankly, in the mayor’s race it’s going to be the same way.”

The Democratic hopeful also stopped by a Rockaway community meeting the same day he sat down with The Courier.

“There’s really been two times [since] I’ve left Congress that I’ve really felt a sense of real regret, that I’ve missed it, and one of them was when Sandy hit my district,” Weiner said.

“There are some risks that come with living near the water, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do everything we can to mitigate them,” he continued.

Among major issues affecting Queens, Weiner also discussed development including a possible new soccer stadium, Willets Point and the expansion of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Weiner said his default position is the belief “we should be developing and that we should try to create jobs and that we should try to create economic activity in places outside of Manhattan.”

He said he was somewhat conflicted about expanding the tennis center, even voting against the move when he was on the City Council. But Weiner said generally speaking, he is in favor of the three projects and wants to see them move forward. He added he wants to leave himself some wiggle room on details of the soccer stadium.

Addressing issues concerning voters citywide, Weiner expressed a desire to ease health care costs for middle class New Yorkers and help small business owners deal more easily with burdensome summonses.

Weiner outlined those ideas in more detail in his “64 Ideas to Keep New York the Capital of the Middle Class” pamphlet that he put online shortly before he made his campaign announcement.

Describing his philosophy, Weiner told The Courier, “Don’t build a campaign on a foundation of endorsements and money.”

“Good ideas are something people honor, even ideas they might not agree with,” he added.

Below is video of more of what he discussed.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers, then rain showers in the afternoon. High of 70. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Friday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 50. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

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16-year-old questioned in shooting death of Queens girl, 14, on bus: police

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Subway performers sought in train assault

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Police investigating possible cyberbullying in suicide of Queens girl, 12

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Anthony Weiner starts stumping in mayoral bid

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After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over. Read more: AP

Anthony Weiner launches mayoral run


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Anthony Weiner has officially kicked off his political comeback.

Almost two years after resigning from Congress because of a Twitter sext scandal, the former Queens politician is running for mayor.

Weiner made the announcement late Tuesday in a video posted to YouTube.

“Look I made some big mistakes and I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you,” he said in the video.

His candidacy ends months of speculation on his return to politics.

Leaving office with a sizable campaign war chest, and a former bid for mayor in 2005, it wasn’t soon before rumors surfaced that he was contemplating another try for Gracie Mansion.

It was also thought that Weiner might run for public advocate.

Speculation grew as he allocated some of those funds and started speaking with the media.

In March, campaign filings showed that he spent more than $100,000 on polling and research.

The April publication of a New York Times article was Weiner’s first in-depth interview since his resignation.

“It’s his comeback,” Michael Krasner, an associate political science professor at Queens College told The Courier following the publication of the piece.

Krasner said Weiner was taking a page from former President Bill Clinton’s political playbook, comparing the Times article to the interview Bill and Hillary gave following the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal during the 1992 presidential election campaign.

Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, was featured in the article with her husband.

The piece was followed by other media interviews, and a new Twitter account with the handle @anthonyweiner and tagline “Fighting to keep New York City the Capital of the Middle Class.”

When he launched the account, he tweeted a link to a pamphlet outlining his “”Keys to the City” with “64 Ideas to Keep New York the Capital of the Middle Class.”

Those “64 Ideas” are referenced in his campaign video, which opens with Weiner speaking about growing up middle class in Brooklyn, as well as his campaign website.

“To maintain New York’s place as the capital of the middle class we must meet today’s challenges with fresh ideas. In Keys to the City, I present 64 ideas of my own to start the dialog. But in a dynamic city like New York, the challenges and solutions are constantly evolving. I invite you to review my ideas, share your thoughts and send me ideas of your own,” he says on his site.

Weiner probably has as much name recognition or more at this point as opponent City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, even if some of it’s negative, said Krasner.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released today, Weiner comes in second in a Democratic primary behind Quinn.

The poll found 25 percent of New York City voters would elect Quinn. Weiner received 15 percent, followed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 10 percent each. Comptroller John Liu came in at 6 percent, and former Councilmember Sal Albanese at 2 percent, with 27 percent of voters undecided.

Weiner’s percentage is unchanged since an April 19 Quinnipiac poll, but Quinn’s support is down from the 28 percent she received in the April survey.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 73. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the North after midnight.

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It was a month ago that Anthony Weiner re-emerged, granting interviews to NY1 and other media outlets, testing the waters for a mayoral run. Now, he’s prepared to dive in. Read more: NY1

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A Queens woman who jumped bail after being convicted of swindling more than $800,000 was sentenced Wednesday to one to three years in prison. Read more: NY1

Obama calls IRS flap ‘inexcusable,’ announces resignation of acting IRS chief

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he was “angry” at IRS officials who inappropriately targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, announcing that his administration had sought and accepted Steven Miller’s resignation as interim commissioner of the IRS. Read more: NBC News

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No winner pushes Powerball jackpot to $475 million

If your Powerball ticket didn’t win Wednesday, don’t worry. No one else’s did either, pushing the jackpot to a near record. Read more: ABC New York

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 68. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 59. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight. Chance of rain 40%.

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Rockaway official launches petition to make ferry service permanent

THE CITY must continue providing ferry service from Sandy-ravaged Rockaway to Manhattan even after the A train is restored next month, a state lawmaker said Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

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Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Boxer Robert (The Ghost) Guerrero gets soft deal on Queens gun rap

The Ghost has ducked the law’s hardest punch. Boxer Robert (The Ghost) Guerrero has agreed to a plea agreement with Queens prosecutors that gives him a kid-glove sentence for bringing an illegal handgun to JFK Airport in March. Read more: New York Daily News

Report: Former Rep. Anthony Weiner hires campaign manager

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner may soon make an official announcement that he is running for New York City mayor. Read more: CBS New York

Paterson hears ‘House’ call

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FBI investigating IRS targeting of conservative groups

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 63. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 48. Winds less than 5 mph.

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As part of 10-week series exploring the immigrant experience in the U.S., Mark Ethan, a member of the Actors Studio, will present and discuss AMERICA, AMERICA (1963) at the Queens Museum of Art. The journey to America by a young man (Stathis Giallelis) is movingly captured by writer-director Elia Kazan in a personal film based on his uncle’s experience.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Poll: Anthony Weiner places second in potential Democratic mayoral run


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An Anthony Weiner mayoral run could mix up the Democratic primary, a new poll found.

The former Queens congressmember, who resigned in disgrace after sending lewd pictures over Twitter, placed second in a recent NBC New York/Marist poll.

According to the results, 15 percent of voters would elect him as the Democratic mayoral candidate, behind front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 26 percent.

“Right now, a Weiner candidacy attracts double-digit support in the Democratic primary,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. “He makes it even more difficult for any of the Democratic contenders to reach the needed forty percent to avoid a run-off.”

Although Weiner has yet to announce his candidacy in the 2013 race, he flirted with the idea in a New York Times article published last week.

“It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time,” he told the Times. “But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”

Weiner was also interviewed by NY1 on Monday, where he again mentioned the idea of running for office, while apologizing for the actions that led to his resignation.

“I think I’ll be spending a lot of time, here on out, saying I’m sorry,” he said during the interview.

“If I run for mayor and if I become the mayor, I want people looking at me and saying, ‘You know what, you are in charge, you did this. You are accountable.’”

-BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 63. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 54. Winds from the South at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the WSW after midnight. Chance of rain 40%.

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Anthony Weiner considers mayoral run in new interview


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Is Anthony Weiner poised for a political comeback?

According to a new interview, the former Queens congressmember gave the New York Times, he is considering a run for mayor.

“I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office,” he told the publication. “It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”

The article, which was published online on Wednesday and is appearing in print on Sunday, is the first time he has given an in-depth interview since the sexting scandal that forced him to resign from his seat in June 2011.

Before that time, Weiner was considered a rising political star and one of the front-runners for the next mayor of New York City.

But he could still achieve that goal, according to Michael Krasner, an associate political science professor at Queens College and co-director of the Taft Institute for Government.

It’s his comeback,” said Krasner, who believes that Weiner is taking a page from former President Bill Clinton’s political playbook.

The interview Weiner gave The Times is similar to the one Bill and Hillary Clinton gave following the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal during the 1992 presidential election campaign, Krasner explained.

Clinton persuaded voters that it was private matter and that he shouldn’t be judged politically for it, Krasner said. “It’s the same ploy, it’s the same device.”

The Times also interviewed Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, and photographed the couple with their 13-month-old son.

Showing him as a doting father and with a forgiving spouse could also translate to a forgiving public, said Krasner.

If polls show more support for Weiner following the article, then he will likely go ahead with a Democratic mayoral run, he said.

“Even if he doesn’t win this time, he gets beyond the scandal, said Krasner. “Then he can run another time.”

 

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Anthony Weiner has war chest, but will he run for office?


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More than a year-and-a-half after he was forced into resigning, there’s still speculation former Congressmember Anthony Weiner will make a bid for some public office, several media sources have reported.

The Daily News claimed an anonymous pollster was calling registered voters to gauge if they still had a favorable view of the disgraced legislator, who resigned in June 2011 after he was embroiled in a sexting scandal. Weiner, despite his resignation, kept steadfast that the scandal did not stretch past the inappropriate pictures he sent.

The New York Post reported the same day that Weiner, who spent about 12 years in Congress, was eyeing a run for City Comptroller, meaning, if true, he’d face off against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in a Democratic primary.

Weiner, who represented south Brooklyn and a significant portion of Queens, has nearly $4 million in campaign funds, most raised while he was in Congress, according to the State Board of Elections 2013 January Periodic Report. Money paid out between July and January has mainly been for rent and phone lines. The only exceptions were in July when Anthony Weiner for Mayor paid out legal fees, purchased a hard drive and paid Godaddy.com $241.92 for domain hosting.

The former congressmember has continually told reporters rent and phone bills are standard procedure but doesn’t mean he will actually make a run. Before he resigned two years ago, Weiner was considered a front runner to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor.

After the scandal, Weiner slipped from the limelight and focused on being a stay-at-home dad for his newborn son. He came back into the public eye for roughly half an hour last summer on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care reform — something he supported during his time on Capitol Hill. Broaching the scandal and his resignation for just a moment, Weiner apologized to his constituents but would not comment on his political future.

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Anthony Weiner returns to Twitter for Sandy


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Former Queens Congressmember Anthony Weiner has returned to Twitter for the first time since the sexual photo scandal that led to his resignation in June, 2011.

Though he never deleted his account, @RepWeiner, the last Tweet he sent was on June 1 of last year. But around 10 a.m. Wednesday Weiner was active again.

Despite the timing, the tweet was not related to yesterday’s election.

The wordless message contained only a link to a YouTube video, asking for help in the Sandy-damaged Rockaways.

 

This July, the New York Post reported that Weiner was considering a run in the 2013 New York City mayoral race, but he quickly denied the rumors.