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Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman backs City Council candidate Austin Shafran
Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman backs City Council candidate Austin Shafran
Politics Queens Courier Staff 7/22/2013 at 5:57PM

Former Congressmember Gary Ackerman has endorsed Austin Shafran, candidate for District 19 of the City Council. On Monday, July 22, Ackerman announced he would be endorse his former community liaison. “Austin is a lifelong member of our community who has the integrity and experience to serve our community honestly and effectively,” said Ackerman. “Austin is [...]

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 [...]

Congressmember Gary Ackerman won’t run for re-election
Congressmember Gary Ackerman won’t run for re-election
News Michael Pantelidis 3/16/2012 at 12:15PM

Following 15 terms in the House of Representatives, Congressmember Gary Ackerman has announced he will not run for re-election – providing an unanticipated conclusion to a 34-year political career. Ackerman decided not to seek a 16th term despite the likelihood that his seat would be spared under the Congressional redistricting process. His announcement has reportedly [...]

Will Turner’s district disappear?
Will Turner’s district disappear?
News Michael Pantelidis 3/07/2012 at 6:46AM

A federal magistrate’s recent re-drawing of state congressional lines leaves Congressmember Bob Turner as the odd man out. Magistrate Roanne Mann’s revised maps released on March 6 would eliminate Turner’s Brooklyn-Queens district and may reportedly force him to run for the same seat belonging to Congressmember Gregory Meeks in a Democratic and heavily African-American area. [...]

Pols betting on Big Blue
News Billy Rennison 1/31/2012 at 3:11PM

While Las Vegas collects action on this weekend’s big game, local politicians are also looking to parlay Big Blue’s Super Bowl run into big winnings. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Boston counterpart, Thomas Menino, made a friendly bet on the big game — and if the Giants beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, February [...]

Ilan Grapel arrives in Queens
News Nargas Karimi 11/01/2011 at 12:25PM

Ilan Grapel has arrived back in Queens, landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, October 29 after months in an Egyptian jail following allegations he was an Israeli spy. Grapel was released from jail on Thursday, October 27 and flown to Israel, where he was reunited with his mother Irene and Congressmember Gary [...]

Egypt to release Queens native
Egypt to release Queens native
News Bob Doda 10/25/2011 at 10:21AM

The Prime Minister of Israel announced that Ilan Grapel, the Queens native and law student arrested during the Egyptian uprisings in June, will be released in exchange for 25 Egyptian prisoners, according to Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s office. Grapel had been a member of the Israeli military serving as a paratrooper and was injured in southern [...]

Egypt and Israel close to a deal for Queens resident
Egypt and Israel close to a deal for Queens resident
News Bob Doda 10/18/2011 at 4:36PM

An Oakland Gardens law student is close to a ticket home after being arrested on spy charges in Egypt during their uprisings this past summer. As reported in The New York Times, Ilan Grapel, 27 – who has dual citizenship with the United States and Israel – would be exchanged for 80 Egyptians who had [...]

Hundreds Rally to Save Postal Service
Hundreds Rally to Save Postal Service
News Melissa Chan 9/29/2011 at 1:53PM

Hundreds of postal workers rallied in Bayside on Tuesday, September 27 to save the nation’s postal service and to seek support for a bill they say would pull the postal service out of its financial shortfall. As part of a national campaign, all 435 congressional districts throughout the country united in their common cause to [...]