Comptroller John Liu

Candidates come out to Rockaway Beach
Candidates come out to Rockaway Beach
Politics Queens Courier Staff 8/05/2013 at 4:19PM

BENJAMIN FANG Political candidates recently spoke at the Friends of Rockaway Beach forum, where they affirmed their commitment to address the needs of the Rockaway community. Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner headlined the forum for the district he once represented in Congress. Democratic mayoral candidates Comptroller John Liu, former Councilmember Sal Albanese and Republicans John Catsimatidis [...]

Weiner falls to fourth place in latest poll
Weiner falls to fourth place in latest poll
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 7/30/2013 at 11:44AM

After losing his lead in the mayoral race in one poll last week, Anthony Weiner has fallen to fourth place in another survey of voters. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday Weiner received 16 percent of the likely Democratic primary vote, down from 26 percent in a July 24 Quinnipiac survey, where he placed [...]

John Liu draws public input for budget proposal
Politics Maggie Hayes 6/05/2013 at 4:45PM

Comptroller John Liu is attempting to create a budget “for the people, by the people.” Liu’s brainchild, the so-called People’s Budget, came out in April. A website went up listing several community issues and city residents voted on where they thought budget money should be allotted. Liu’s initiative is a comprehensive four-year plan that includes [...]

John Liu staffer among three arrested for lunch kickback scheme
Politics Maggie Hayes 2/27/2013 at 1:36PM

A staffer for Comptroller John Liu was arrested in an alleged kickback scheme, reportedly pocketing over $50,000. Veda Jamoona and two other co-conspirators were arrested on Monday, February 25 for allegedly stealing funds from a senior citizen’s lunch program, run by the nonprofit United Hindu Cultural Council (UHCC). “By stealing from the senior center lunch [...]

Former Councilmember Sal Albanese kicks off mayoral campaign
Former Councilmember Sal Albanese kicks off mayoral campaign
Politics Terence M. Cullen 2/05/2013 at 4:38PM

Former Councilmember Sal Albanese, who recently announced he’s running for mayor as an independent Democrat, has high hopes for improving public safety and the city’s education system. Albanese, who represented mostly Bay Ridge for 14 years, said he was building a campaign based on voter needs and not special interest groups. “We’re building a grass-roots [...]

Queens celebrates Winter Pride
Queens celebrates Winter Pride
News Alexa Altman 1/31/2013 at 4:08PM

Hundreds gathered at the Astoria World Manor to fete distinguished guests at the Queens Pride Committee’s 20th annual Winter Pride event. The January 26 gala, which honored Congressmember Grace Meng, Dr. Marjorie Hill and Out Astoria, raised funds to support the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade and Multi-Cultural Festival as well as a film [...]

Two Queens schools awarded Blue Ribbon
Two Queens schools awarded Blue Ribbon
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 12/04/2012 at 2:35PM

There is much ado about being blue at two Queens schools. P.S. 203 in Oakland Gardens and P.S. 191 in Floral Park were named Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) this year. The borough’s high performing schools join three others in the city — Brooklyn’s P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry School, [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 9/06/2012 at 7:41AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 82. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 73. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. EVENT of the DAY: Fashion’s Night Out Thursday is [...]

Comptroller says tutoring center owes city $850G
News Melissa Chan 5/22/2012 at 6:06PM

A state-approved tutoring firm that is in contract with the Department of Education (DOE) may owe the city $850,000 after an audit uncovered questionable payments and dubious timesheets, according to the comptroller’s office. According to City Comptroller John Liu, Champion Learning Center — which assisted over 12,000 city students last year, including 3,369 in Queens [...]

6th District candidates pick up endorsements
News Melissa Chan 4/20/2012 at 12:43PM

Candidates in the buzzing 6th Congressional District race have rolled out more boosts to their campaigns. Councilmember Dan Halloran picked up support from the Uniformed Fire Marshals Association, while Assemblymember Rory Lancman got the backing of the Communications Workers of America, District 1. Contending for the same seat, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley got a leg up [...]