Congress

Congress approves $9.7B in Sandy aid
Congress approves $9.7B in Sandy aid
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 1/04/2013 at 3:20PM

After the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelming passed 9.7 billion in Sandy aid Friday, 354-67, the Senate unanimously approved it later that afternoon. The money will go towards flood insurance claims for Sandy-damaged homes and businesses. A vote on the remaining $51 billion in storm aid will take place January 15. “Belated as the bill [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
Top Stories Billy Rennison 12/14/2012 at 7:32AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 8 to 13 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Northwest wind around 9 mph. EVENT of the DAY: Carols ‘n’ Cookies ‘n’ Cocoa ‘n’ Cheer Celebrate the season with warm wishes, delicious treats and the renowned choral group Voices That Blend. There will [...]

Meeks secures 8th term in Congress
Meeks secures 8th term in Congress
Politics Maggie Hayes 11/07/2012 at 2:24AM

Incumbent Congressmember Gregory Meeks slid smoothly into victory on Tuesday, November 6, defeating challenger Allan Jennings in the 5th Congressional District. Meeks, who won with 88.6 percent of the vote according to unofficial results, will kick off his eighth term in the House, now representing the newly drawn 5th District, encompassing all of southeast Queens [...]

Israel takes 3rd Congressional District
Israel takes 3rd Congressional District
News Melissa Chan 11/07/2012 at 1:57AM

A Long Island-based representative has won both re-election and slices of Queens territory. Democratic Congressmember Steve Israel claimed victory over his three challengers in the newly-redrawn 3rd Congressional District with 58 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. The 53-year-old from Dix Hills boasted 87,799 votes, while his main contender, Republican Stephen Labate raked [...]

Meng defeats Halloran, becomes first Asian American from NY in Congress
Meng defeats Halloran, becomes first Asian American from NY in Congress
Central Melissa Chan 11/07/2012 at 1:34AM

The state will send its first Asian American to Congress after Assemblymember Grace Meng locked up a landslide victory, according to unofficial results. Meng won her 6th District Congressional bid by overwhelming margins, securing 66 percent of votes, early poll numbers showed. She bested her Republican opponent, Councilmember Dan Halloran, more than doubling his vote [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 11/06/2012 at 6:43AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 46. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 41. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. QUEENS COURIER 2012 ELECTION DAY COVERAGE Throughout the day and night [...]

Meng, Halloran go head to head in Middle Village
Meng, Halloran go head to head in Middle Village
Central Melissa Chan 10/24/2012 at 9:45AM

A state assemblymember criticized for being “too nice” and a city councilmember deemed “too aggressive” dueled in a Middle Village debate last week. The two candidates running for the open 6th District Congressional seat — Democratic Assemblymember Grace Meng and Republican Councilmember Dan Halloran — detailed their stances on hot-button federal issues and defended themselves [...]

Halloran, Meng polls at odds over 6th District race
Halloran, Meng polls at odds over 6th District race
Central Billy Rennison 10/22/2012 at 12:08PM

A new poll released by Councilmember Dan Halloran found him and Assemblymember Grace Meng in a virtual tie for the 6th Congressional District seat, though his opponent says a 30 point gap still separates them. Halloran’s poll, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found the Republican to be trailing Meng by three points, which is within [...]

Mayor Bloomberg endorses Grace Meng for Congress
Mayor Bloomberg endorses Grace Meng for Congress
Central Billy Rennison 10/01/2012 at 3:55PM

Assemblymember Grace Meng secured a major boost to her campaign this week, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted her as the “independent voice” in Congress for middle-class families and a “bridge-builder in Albany.” “New Yorkers demand representation in Washington that puts the needs of the taxpayers ahead of partisan politics,” said Bloomberg, who endorsed the Democrat’s [...]

King endorses Ulrich for State Senate
News Terence M. Cullen 8/15/2012 at 12:58PM

With less than a month until the Republican primary for the 15th State Senate District, Congressmember Peter King endorsed Councilmember Eric Ulrich – adding to the long list of endorsements for the city representative. “Eric understands that the way to put New Yorkers back to work and grow our economy is by lowering taxes on [...]