Austin Shafran

City Council candidate Austin Shafran gains second union endorsement
City Council candidate Austin Shafran gains second union endorsement
Politics Queens Courier Staff 2/14/2013 at 12:06PM

Austin Shafran has gained the endorsement of UFCW Local 1500 in his bid for City Council. “This is a high-priority council race for our members, and we know that Austin is the candidate who will fight the hardest to strengthen and expand the middle class,” said Bruce Both, president of the state’s grocery workers union. [...]

Cuomo administration mainstay resigns to run for Queens City Council seat
Cuomo administration mainstay resigns to run for Queens City Council seat
Northeast Melissa Chan 1/25/2013 at 11:47AM

A former mainstay in the Cuomo administration has officially announced his intent to run for City Council. Austin Shafran, 32, resigned from his post as vice president of public affairs for Empire State Development (ESD) on January 18 to enter what is now a four-way Democratic primary race for the 19th District. “I’ve played a [...]

Donations help thousands have a happy Thanksgiving
News Maggie Hayes 11/26/2012 at 6:02PM

Thanksgiving had a new meaning this year for thousands of Sandy victims throughout New York, who received Thanksgiving dinner donations at the request of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Boxes filled with cranberry sauce, vegetables, stuffing, gravy and other Thanksgiving dishes, along with thousands of turkeys, were delivered to New Yorkers affected by the storm. On Wednesday, [...]

City Council seats draw big names
City Council seats draw big names
News Melissa Chan 10/19/2012 at 2:20PM

A handful of political hopefuls in northeast Queens are already mulling over a chance to join the city’s lawmaking body next year. The draw of taking over one vacant city council seat and possibly ousting one of the borough’s only two Republicans in another district has been luring in a number of interested candidates. Councilmember [...]