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Hillary Clinton visits Queens for campaign fundraiser

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Victoria Schneps-Yunis

Updated 3:22 p.m.

Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared at Terrace on the Park Monday afternoon for a lucrative fundraiser in her honor.

Rep. Joe Crowley, leader of the Queens County Democratic Party, and Rep. Grace Meng held the $2,700-per-plate campaign luncheon in support of Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

It was the second of three fundraisers held for Clinton in the New York City area; earlier in the afternoon, she stopped by a Manhattan function held by former New York State first lady Silda Wall Spitzer. Following her appearance at the venue inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Clinton headed off to a private fundraiser at the home of Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs.

All told, the “Hillary for America” campaign reportedly raised $275,000 at the Queens fundraiser. According to the New York Daily News, Clinton is rumored to be planning an official campaign launch later this month on Roosevelt Island.

Former President Bill Clinton was not with candidate Clinton at Monday’s event.

Prominent Democrats from across Queens joined Crowley and Meng at the Clinton fundraiser, including Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, former Borough President Claire Shulman and former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.

Polls point to Hillary Clinton as the prohibitive front-runner in the 2016 Democratic race. Two rivals, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, have already declared their candidacies for the Democratic nomination.


Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach honors past and present members

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Vicki Schneps

In a tribute to its members, the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach held its 52nd annual dinner dance and honored past and present members. The well-attended event honored Queens County Clerk and Rockaway resident Audrey Pheffer; former Howard Beach resident and successful construction management owner Frank Sciame; and the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach’s immediate past president Edward Tudisco.

Supreme Court Justice Augie Agate introduced Pheffer, who had previously represented the area as a member of the New York State Senate. She is responsible for maintaining all files of the Queens Supreme Court. And, as commissioner of jurors, she supervises the summoning and placement of jurors selected to participate in trials.

There was also recognition for Kiwanis members who helped their communities, which were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The club supports many causes, including the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Ambulance Corps, sports programs in five schools, a Halloween parade and Kamp Kiwanis.

They welcome new members and offer more information at howardbeachkiwanis@hotmail.com.

State Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate, Daniel Golom, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Robert LoCascio, the evening’s MC.

Daniel Golom, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Frank Sciame, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo, and Robert LoCascio, the evening’s MC.

(Left) Angelo and Annmarie Gurino, Frank Pantina and Councilman Eric Ulrich.




Changing of the guard for Dem Club

| SKakar@queenscourier.com


Stacey Amato, daughter of former assemblymember and current County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, was introduced as the new 23rd District co-leader on Thursday, September 27 at the South Queens Democratic Club meeting in Howard Beach.

Frank Gulluscio, Amato’s co-leader, along with about 50 other members welcomed her to the club, after Joann Shapiro, previous co-leader, stepped down from the position.

Amato was elected by the county and committee and sworn in last week.

“I’ve been doing this my whole life with my mother through every civic organization, club, and problem in the Rockaways, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. I really embrace it and I love it,” said Amato. “There’s a public service bug in me and I can’t stop.”

Amato is a paraprofessional in the New York City Board of Education and is also a member of the Harriet S. Truman Club in Rockaway.

“I go to and visit [the Harriet S. Truman Club] just as they do with us as we share our leadership. We opened our windows to our club just a little bit,” said Gulluscio. “I’m honored and proud to work with Stacey.”

Gulluscio, Amato and the club also discussed State Senator Joe Addabbo’s race against Councilmember Eric Ulrich. Addabbo thanked the club for its work and support.

“I won last when the opponent over spent me because all of your hard work and we will do that again this year,” said Addabbo.