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Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference
Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference
Northeast Melissa Chan 2/26/2014 at 1:29PM

State Senator Tony Avella is joining the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), he announced Wednesday. He will be the fifth member of the breakaway faction of Senate Democrats — led by Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx — who share majority control of the chamber with Republicans.

Paul Vallone claims victory in contentious District 19 race
Paul Vallone claims victory in contentious District 19 race
Politics Melissa Chan 9/11/2013 at 1:33AM

Attorney Paul Vallone declared he came out on top in a contentious Democratic primary race to replace scandal-scarred Councilmember Dan Halloran. Vallone defeated his four opponents by taking about 31 percent of the vote on September 10, according to unofficial results. With nearly 99 percent of precincts reporting, Vallone won 2,723 votes, while runner-up candidate [...]

Flushing Democrat Paul Graziano officially starts District 19 campaign
Flushing Democrat Paul Graziano officially starts District 19 campaign
Northeast Melissa Chan 3/25/2013 at 4:05PM

A Flushing urban planner officially joined District 19’s City Council race while another candidate bowed out. Democrat Paul Graziano kicked off his campaign on March 25 at Bowne Park to unseat Republican incumbent Councilmember Dan Halloran. “My campaign is very simple. Protect your neighborhood. Do no harm,” said Graziano, a lifelong North Flushing resident. “It’s [...]

Quinn focuses on middle class in State of the City address
Quinn focuses on middle class in State of the City address
Politics Terence M. Cullen 2/12/2013 at 1:30PM

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in her final State of the City address, promised it would become more affordable to live and work in New York in the years to come. Quinn, who will be term limited out of the Council at the end of this year, is a heavy favorite on the Democratic side [...]

Race for Lancman’s seat heats up as he declines district leader nom
News Melissa Chan 7/18/2012 at 3:52PM

A defeated congressional hopeful abandoned his run for re-election as party district leader, giving his county-backed opponent an uncontested free ride to the September election. Assemblymember Rory Lancman filed declinations with the Board of Elections on July 16 to pull his candidacy in the Democratic Leadership 25th District Part A race as male district leader. [...]

Primary Guide: 7th Congressional District
News Queens Courier Staff 6/25/2012 at 2:25PM

The 7th Congressional District contains parts or all of: Woodhaven, Cyprus Hill, Williamsburg, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus, Red Hook, South Slope, Greenwood, Sunset Park and Bushwick Name: Erik Martin Dilan Party: Democrat Current Position: City Councilmember representing the 37th District. Personal Info: Married with two children. Issues: *Jobs: Support small businesses with [...]

6th District candidates debate hot-button issues
6th District candidates debate hot-button issues
News Melissa Chan 5/23/2012 at 3:10PM

The six 6th District congressional candidates mildly duked it out for the first time during a forum in Flushing — addressing hot-button city, state and national issues, like plans to fix the flailing economy and stances on immigration reform. The hopefuls — Green Party’s Evergreen Chou, Democratic primary runners Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblymember Rory Lancman, [...]

Congressional candidate Jeffrey Gottlieb fires back at ‘sham’ allegations
Congressional candidate Jeffrey Gottlieb fires back at ‘sham’ allegations
News Melissa Chan 4/10/2012 at 4:22PM

The newest challenger in a hotly-contested congressional race fired back after opponents accused him of being a “sham candidate.” Jeffrey Gottlieb announced his intent to vie for the 6th District seat last weekend, but not without first taking hits from challenger Assemblymember Rory Lancman, who blasted the Queens County Democratic Party for “injecting a fraudulent [...]

Assemblymember Grace Meng of Queens to run for retiring Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s seat
Assemblymember Grace Meng of Queens to run for retiring Congressmember Gary Ackerman’s seat
News Jay Lane 3/19/2012 at 8:48AM

Queens Democrats have chosen state Assemblywoman Grace Meng of Queens to run for retiring Congressman Gary Ackerman’s seat, according to two sources close to the party.Potential candidates met with party elders Sunday to make their pitch to run in the redrawn 6th Congressional District, which would be more than 37% Asian.“She is a smart choice for [...]