Assemblymember Aravella Simotas

New sexual conduct legislation introduced
News Michael Pantelidis 4/13/2012 at 10:46AM

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas has introduced a new bill that would define rape as sexual conduct rather than sexual intercourse, preventing criminals from escaping charges on a “technicality.” The assemblymember’s actions come in response to the State Supreme Court Justice’s declaration of a mistrial on the rape charge against former New York City Police Officer Michael [...]

Bill would stiffen sex offender penalties
News Michael Pantelidis 3/06/2012 at 9:07AM

In an effort to keep the public safe from sexual abuse, the New York State Senate has passed a bill increasing the penalty for repeat offenders. The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Senator Michael Gianaris which excludes time spent in prison from the 10-year period during which the actions of a repeat sex offender [...]

Astoria against homeless shelter
News Alexa Altman 2/14/2012 at 10:20AM

The Astoria community is hostile towards a potential hostel that would house the local homeless. Officials and residents banded together against a proposal to turn the Westway Motel – a current impermanent haven for homeless families — into a full-time shelter. In January of 2012, Community Board 1 received notification that a non-profit organization, Housing [...]

Taminent Club celebrates 80 years
Taminent Club celebrates 80 years
News Alexa Altman 11/11/2011 at 4:26PM

Members of the Taminent Democratic Club, a political organization that supports local government, gathered at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria on November 5 for their 80thannual dinner dance. Several members of the Taminent Democratic Club received awards, including Linda Perno for “Woman of the Year” and Jeffery Sandhaus M.D. for “Man of the Year.” [...]

Astoria Post Office saved
Astoria Post Office saved
News Michael Pantelidis 10/20/2011 at 10:41AM

Patrons of the Grand Station Post Office have had their wish signed, sealed and delivered. Following months of apprehension regarding the fate of the post office, the United States Postal Service (USPS) recently announced that Grand Station was removed from a list of branches targeted for potential closure. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney was joined by Senator [...]