Councilmember Leroy Comrie

Pols in support of Community Safety Act
Pols in support of Community Safety Act
News Liam La Guerre 7/19/2013 at 4:05PM

A group of Queens councilmembers that voted in favor of controversial legislation to oversee the activities of the NYPD gathered at Borough Hall to reaffirm their support last week. Led by Councilmember Leroy Comrie, the public officials, including Borough President Helen Marshall and various minority groups, said the Community Safety Act would help end profiling [...]

Robbers allegedly steal parts from Jamaica senior center’s vans
Robbers allegedly steal parts from Jamaica senior center’s vans
Police Maggie Hayes 6/19/2013 at 11:07AM

A senior center robbery has left administrators picking up the pieces. On Wednesday, June 12, an unknown number of thieves made their way to the Robert Couche Senior Center in Jamaica. They allegedly took two catalytic converters from the center’s two vans, which are used for transporting the seniors. Without the converters, which change internal [...]

Leroy Comrie announces borough president bid
Leroy Comrie announces borough president bid
Politics Maggie Hayes 6/04/2013 at 7:01PM

Democratic Councilmember Leroy Comrie officially announced his run for Borough President on the steps of Queens Borough Hall, where he was surrounded by friends, family and supporters. “Queens’ future looks brighter every day,” Comrie said on Monday. “We will seize this unique opportunity to use and build on the energy and vitality of our neighborhoods.” [...]

Call for full gaming at Resorts World Casino
Call for full gaming at Resorts World Casino
Business Terence M. Cullen 5/29/2013 at 11:46AM

Politicians and leaders in the Queens business community are calling for the state to ante up on full gaming in Queens. State legislators and the Queens Chamber of Commerce called for a better plan to give Queens a casino if voters approve table gaming this November. They said Resorts World Casino New York City could [...]

Barry Grodenchik drops out of BP race after key endorsement goes to Katz
Barry Grodenchik drops out of BP race after key endorsement goes to Katz
Politics Melissa Chan 5/21/2013 at 6:09PM

Former assemblymember Barry Grodenchik has ended his borough president bid less than a day after being beat for a key county endorsement. “The next borough president must focus like a laser on jobs, education, healthcare, economic development and Sandy recovery,” Grodenchik said. “I am proud to have brought those issues to the forefront of the [...]

Jamaica shootings down more than 50 percent
Jamaica shootings down more than 50 percent
Police Maggie Hayes 5/18/2013 at 9:37AM

Jamaica has seen a drastic decrease in shootings this year. Gun violence went down by more than half compared to last year’s crime statistics, according to the NYPD. Councilmember Leroy Comrie attributed the trend to increased awareness about gun violence and active police work. “Everybody is trying to keep the level of awareness constant,” he [...]

Sandy victims given property tax extension
News Maggie Hayes 4/18/2013 at 9:34AM

As communities around the borough continue to pick up the pieces after Sandy, residents in the affected areas have been granted an extended deadline for property tax filings. “The extension giving victims the opportunity to have their properties reassessed lifts a major burden off the families that were greatly impacted by this tragedy,” said Councilmember [...]

City Council strips Dan Halloran of funding power
City Council strips Dan Halloran of funding power
Northeast Melissa Chan 4/09/2013 at 5:24PM

The City Council has voted to strip disgraced Councilmember Dan Halloran of his committee assignments and power to allocate funding. Halloran faces federal charges for allegedly playing a key role in a conspiracy and bribery scheme to rig the mayoral election, authorities said. Power to distribute funds in the 19th District now falls to Speaker Christine [...]

Borough President candidates making the rounds
Borough President candidates making the rounds
Politics Queens Courier Staff 3/29/2013 at 10:43AM

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Borough President candidates are blazing through Queens, participating in forums and allowing the community to hear their positions. The six Democrats hoping to replace current Borough President Helen Marshall most recently gathered at the Hollis Hills Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows and attended the Ridgewood Democratic Club’s monthly meeting. State Senators Tony [...]

Borough president candidates pick up endorsements
Borough president candidates pick up endorsements
Politics Terence M. Cullen 3/18/2013 at 10:29AM

As the candidates start to get out and campaign, the race is heating up for the next Queens borough president. Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who has led in terms of fundraising since mid-2012, was the most recent candidate to officially kick off his campaign with an event on Monday, March 11 in his native Astoria. [...]