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St. John’s in talks with Peter King petitioners

| mchan@queenscourier.com

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Students are in talks with administration after a petition to replace Congressmember Peter King as St. John’s University’s commencement speaker surpassed 1,000 signatures, The Courier has learned.

An online protest against the Long Island representative hit headlines last week, when students called for the school to dump King as this year’s key note speaker.

“Congressman King has had his say. Now it is our turn to speak,” reads the petition, which was started by senior Jonaki Singh.

Outraged students were against “discriminatory and offensive comments” they said King made throughout his congressional tenure on issues like bilingual education and domestic terrorism.

“At a school with such a diverse student body, the views that Congressman King represent will be contradictory to our experience and who we are striving to become,” the petition says.

Nearly 1,100 former and current students and faculty have signed the petition as of April 22.

The number is now enough for administration to listen to their concerns, sources said.

St. John’s did not comment on the discussions between students.

King said he was proud to be chosen as St. John’s commencement speaker and sad the school had to be “dragged into this fight.”

“Students at St. John’s University are protesting my selection as this year’s commencement speaker. That, of course, is their right even though they are misguided and wrong,” he said in a statement. “But the right of free speech and academic freedom is paramount, and I commend St. John’s University.”

The Johnnies graduate on May 19.



Bob Dole, Donald Rumsfeld endorse Reyes for State Senate

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Heavily shorthanded in endorsements this campaign, Republican candidate Juan Reyes picked up the backing of former presidential candidate Bob Dole and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

“[I am] humbled and grateful to have the endorsement of two giants in the Republican Party,” Reyes said in a statement.

The former mayoral counsel and current lawyer faces off against Councilmember Eric Ulrich on Thursday, September 13 to see which Republican will run against incumbent State Senator Joseph Addabbo.

Reyes worked as a staffer to Dole, who served five terms in the Senate, before serving a number of positions in the second Giuliani administration.

Dole called the senate hopeful “an outstanding leader who will fight for you and your family in Albany. He won’t tolerate the political nonsense that has done so much damage to New York’s economy.”

Rumsfeld said Reyes was a good conservative who would cut taxes and help economic growth.

“Juan is smart, tough minded, decent and hardworking,” he said. “He is a solid conservative who stands for lower taxes, less government spending, and a strong emphasis on economic growth in the private sector.”

Along with these endorsements, Reyes also has the backing of the Queens Republican Party. In contrast, Ulrich has a score of endorsements including: former Governor George Pataki, the Independent Party, the New York State Senate Elections Committee and Congressmember Peter King.