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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Rangel, Long, Meng, Jeffries, Velazquez Declared Winners In Primaries 

According to AP numbers as of 12:30 a.m., Meng had 51 percent of the vote with 89 percent of precincts reporting. Assemblyman Rory Lancman had 28 percent, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley had 16 percent and Dr. Robert Mittman had 5 percent. Read more: [NY1] 

Rapper 50 Cent Involved in LIE Crash 

Rapper 50 Cent is out of the hospital after an accident with a tractor trailer. The accident happened just before midnight Tuesday on the Long Island Expressway. A spokesperson for the rapper, also known as Curtis Jackson, said he was treated for minor back and neck injuries at New York Hospital Queens. Read more: [NY1] 

Congregation Ahavath Shalom Synagogue in Forest Hills loses relics in burglary 

Religious artifacts were swiped from a Queens synagogue sometime in the past week, and the thief is still on the lam, cops said. The four objects — including a silver pointer, Torah breast plate, silver-coated plate and a ritual wine cup — were discovered missing Monday from the Congregation Ahavath Shalom Synagogue on 113th St. in Forest Hills, according to officials. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Students once again learn to cook with acclaimed chefs as web show ‘Culinary High TV’ debuts its third season

A Queens producer is in talks to turn a popular web series, that teaches at-risk teens how to cook in some of the city’s top restaurants, into a television show. The third season of “Culinary High TV” debuts Friday on the show’s website. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

 

Local officials endorse Jeffries for Congress


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Congressional hopeful and incumbent State Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries received key endorsements from several local officials Friday afternoon on Cross Bay Boulevard as the days leading up to the June 26th primary grow fewer.

“I am honored to have the support of so many distinguished leaders from Queens,” Jeffries said. “Although our district spans two boroughs, we have the same priorities of better education for our children, preserving home ownership and getting people back to work.”

Congressmember Joseph Crowley, State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder — Jeffries’ colleague in Albany — endorsed the candidate, citing that despite being a Brooklyn based politician, they had confidence he would best represent the small portion of Queens that is part of the newly drawn Congressional District 8.

The officials said Jeffries was active in speaking with Queens residents and discussing their needs, despite Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Lindenwood making up only a small portion of the district.

“Hakeem Jeffries is exactly the kind of person we need in Congress,” said Crowley, who’s chairperson of the Democratic Party in Queens. “Not only will he fight to create jobs for New Yorkers, but he will also work hard to protect middle-class families, seniors and children.”

Jeffries said what he found most energizing about the area was how the various neighborhoods were united and concerned about the same issues.

The Jeffries campaign raised a little more that $250,000 from April 1 to June 6 alone, the campaign announced last week. 947 of the 1,217 donors in that time only gave $100 or less, according to a Jeffries press release. In total, Jeffries for Congress has raised $769,544 from 2,447 donors.

As elections heat up, concerns over new districts


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New congressional districts have left Queens residents a bit shaky about who will represent them, as several neighborhoods have been grouped into Brooklyn areas.

Howard Beach — formerly part of Congressional District 9 — is now in Brooklyn’s redrawn District 8. Running for the congressional spot are State Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries and City Councilmember Charles Barron. Barron received an endorsement from current Congressmember Ed Towns, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Jeffries has also received the support of the Queens Democratic Party’s Howard Beach District. Frank Gulluscio, the district’s leader, said there had been some worry by residents that they were now grouped into a predominately Brooklyn district. After speaking with Jeffries, however, Gulluscio said he was assured that the politician, if elected, would fully represent his Queens section and residents’ concerns.

A rally in support of Jeffries is being held at the Lindenwood Diner on Friday, June 15 at noon.

“He has reassured myself and others that he is going to be our congressman all the time,” Gulluscio said.

Congressmember Bob Turner — who currently represents the area — is seeking New York’s U.S. senate seat against incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Woodhaven, however, will become part of Congressional District 10, along with downtown Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. Before redistricting, only about two blocks of Woodhaven were included in the zone.

Running for the District 10 spot are: incumbent Congressmember Nydia Velazquez; City Councilmember Erik Dilan; economist Dan O’Connor; and activist George Martinez.

Residents have expressed some worry about being represented and the redistricting of their area.

Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, said divvying up Woodhaven has made it hard for the advocacy group to direct residents to the right representative.

“We’re the only Queens portion of that [district],” he said. “So obviously there’s concern there – we’ve been split apart from Queens.”

Wendell brought up the point that District 7 is now part of the same district as Chinatown and other neighborhoods that may have differing needs: “Now we’re Chinatown east.”