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Hillary Clinton looking in Queens for campaign office space: report

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Media Commons 

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may set up an office in the “World’s Borough.”

Staffers for the former secretary of state and first lady are working with international real estate firm CBRE to find a campaign headquarters, which will most likely be in Queens or Brooklyn, according to a published report.

Clinton, a former U.S. senator, is considering the borough because of its lower rental prices compared to Manhattan, according to TIME.

It’s not certain when Clinton will pick her office. Although considered the front runner by a wide margin for the Democratic nomination, she has yet to declare her candidacy.


Queens Dems take general election

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There were no surprises in this year’s general election, as all the Queens Democratic candidates won their races.

Many of the congressional, Assembly and state Senate Democratic candidates running in the borough this year were only facing third-party challengers.

The ones that were not still bested their GOP rivals by a good number of votes.

The hotly contested races already took place during the September primary, specifically between Tony Avella and John Liu in the 11th state Senate district and Malcolm Smith and Leroy Comrie in the 14th state Senate district.

Avella, the incumbent, narrowly beat Liu, the former city comptroller, while Comrie, a former city councilman, defeated state Senator Smith, who is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, in a landslide.

Though Avella had to still take on Green Party candidate Paul Gilman, Comrie was uncontested in the general election and the only non-incumbent who won.

Other Queens electeds who faced no challengers on Nov. 4 included U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, state Sens. James Sanders Jr., Jose Peralta, Toby Ann Stavisky, and Assembly members Phil Goldfeder, David Weprin, Nily Rozic, Ed Braunstein, Michael Simanowitz, Andrew Hevesi, William Scarborough, Margaret Markey, Michele Titus, Vivian Cook, Barbara Clark, Michael DenDekker, Jeffrion Aubry, Aravella Simotas, Mike Miller and Francisco Moya.

Sanders, Stavisky and Markey were the only ones who had to secure their seats in the September primary.

Scarborough, who has represented the 29th Assembly District in southeast Queens for two decades, faces legal troubles, however, after being arrested on state and federal corruption charges last month. He is accused of stealing campaign funds and collecting travel reimbursement checks through the voucher system, which each legislator gets when he or she is in the state capital, even when he was not there.

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Steve Israel, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Ron Kim all retained their seats over Republican opponents.

Israel and Addabbo had the two closest races of the night in Queens. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Israel received 54.5 percent of the vote, while his GOP challenger Grant Lally earned 45.5 percent, according to unofficial results. Addabbo beat his Republican opponent Michael Conigliaro 55.1 to 44.9 percent, with 3,632 votes separating the two.

Fellow incumbents U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Joseph Crowley, state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, who were only up against third-party challengers, easily won their races.

Outside of the borough, Gov. Andrew Cuomo won his re-election bid against Republican Rob Astorino. Cuomo, with his running mate for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, earned 54 percent of the vote with 99.5 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results, while Astorino and his candidate for lieutenant governor, Chris Moss, received 40.6 percent.

In other statewide elections State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also faced Republican challengers and won the majority of the votes.

“I feel good about what we did and I feel good about how we did it,” Cuomo said in his victory speech. “Our efforts were all about unifying people and growing the state. We said that New York is at its best when it acts like a family, honoring each other’s rights and responsibilities.” 


Street Talk: Who will you vote for in the Democratic primaries on Sept. 9?  

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

street talk

Grace Carton

“I have to look them up to see who to vote for, but I’ll definitely vote.”
Grace Carton

Philip Robinson

“I am not sure if I am a registered Democrat, but if I am, I will vote for the first one on the list. I don’t care who it is.”
Philip Robinson

Ioannis Naoum

“I have not decided yet, but I will vote.”
Ioannis Naoum

Gregg Sullivan

“I need to do more research, but I will vote. I love Avella.”
Gregg Sullivan

Lynn Greenhut

“I have not yet decided who to vote for.”
Lynn Greenhut

Andrew Shin

“I have not decided whether I will vote at all or not.”
Andrew Shin

Cathy Brun

“I’ll vote for John Liu. He has integrity.”
Cathy Brun

Rob Rohena

“I am not going to vote at all. I don’t think it makes any difference.”
Rob Rohena


Incumbent Elizabeth Crowley comes out on top after tough challenge

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley will return to the City Council after overcoming a stiff challenge from candidate Craig Caruana.

The councilmember celebrated the win with supporters and family members at her victory party at Woodhaven House in Middle Village, after the race initially seemed close.

“This has been a long campaign, but the people of the 30th council district have spoken tonight,” Crowley said, “and guess what? They want to send me back to city hall.”

Crowley won nearly 59 percent of the vote, according to early polling numbers, while Caruana took about 41 percent, a gap of approximately 3,000 votes.

Crowley has served District 30, which encompasses Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood and parts of Woodhaven and Woodside for nearly four years, tackling issues from education, traffic and preventing firehouse closures.

The race against Caruana was initially one sided in the incumbent’s favor, but following an endorsement from mayoral candidate Joe Lhota and a feisty debate, Caruana, a political newbie, gained some traction.

“[Caruana] ran a good campaign,” Crowley said. “ I think that when you have a challenge it makes you work harder.”

Early results from polling sites showed Crowley only leading by about five percent, but that number gradually started to expand. Now with the election behind her she plans to get back on track with key issues.

“I want to improve transportation,” Crowley said. “Queens is growing and so is the 30th council district.”

Caruana, who was confident he could unseat Crowley, conceded and talked to his supporters at Collony’s Corner in Maspeth.

“There are serious losses that you take in life and this isn’t one of them,” he said. “If you expend yourself in fighting for something that you really believe in and you expend yourself sometimes in struggle, especially what you put your heart into, you can’t lose.”




By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Check back here for continuing Election Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results.

11: 41 p.m.: According to the New York Times, Melinda Katz has been projected the winner of the Queens borough president race, and the following City Council candidates have also been projected as winners:

District 19: Democrat Paul Vallone

District 20: Democrat Peter Koo

District 21: Julissa Ferreras (running unopposed)

District 23: Mark Weprin

District 25: Daniel Dromm  (running unopposed)

District 26: James Van Bramer (running unopposed)

District 27: Daneek Miller

District 28: Ruben Wills

District 30: Elizabeth Crowley

District 31: Donovan Richards


THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

11:24 p.m.: Councilmember Eric Ulrich declares victory in District 32 race.

10:40 p.m.: Newly elected mayor Bill de Blasio gives victory speech.

“Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city united by a belief that our city should leave no New Yorker behind,” he said.

9:59 p.m.: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and city comptroller candidate gives victory speech.

“This victory of ours did not come easy. It was a long journey, but it was worth it,” he said.

9:56 p.m.: Councilmember Letitia James, who gave her victory speech a little after 9 p.m., projected as winner in public advocate race.

9:48 p.m.: Melinda Katz gives her victory speech for Queens borough president.

“We sent a message from the moment I announced my candidacy that we are a borough of diversity …” she said.

9:47 p.m.: Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota gives his concession speech.

“It was a good fight and it was a fight worth having,”  said Lhota.

9:08 p.m.: Democrat Bill de Blasio is projected as winner of mayor’s race, according to reports.

“.@BilldeBlasio has the experience to run #NYC, a compelling vision for its future and he and his family epitomize the New York story.” Governor Andrew Cuomo, who endorsed de Blasio, tweeted about 30 minutes later.


Photo courtesy of Lew Simon’s campaign 

12:00 p.m.: Lew Simon, the Democratic candidate in the City Council District 32 race, voted at PS 114 in Belle Harbor.

“The positive response we’re getting is really humbling, so I’m very hopeful.  The voters know me, and they know how hard I work and how much I care about our neighborhoods  They’re ready for a councilmember who will work for them “25/7″ to get our communities rebuilt, to increase street safety and get the attention we need from City Hall,” he said.


THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano 

11:30 a.m.: City Council District 22 Democratic candidate Costa Constantinides voted at PS 85 in Astoria with his wife and son.

“We’re very grateful for all the support we’ve been getting,” he said.

“We’re excited, it has been a very exciting day. We’ve been campaigning and talking to voters.”


Screenshot via Twitter/@Stringer2013

11:28 a.m.: City comptroller candidate and Manhattan Borough Manhattan President Scott Stringer votes with his son by his side.


Photo courtesy of  Bill de Blasio campaign 

10:50 a.m.: Bill de Blasio voting today in Park Slope.


Photo courtesy of the NYC Mayor’s Office’s Flickr/Photo by  Kristen Artz

10:48 p.m.: Mayor Michael Bloomberg voting for his successor this morning.


THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre 

10:07 a.m.: Republican candidate in the City Council District 30 race, Craig Caruana, cast his ballot at St. Margaret School in Middle Village. “I got a great response so we feel good,” he said.


THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre 

9:3o a.m.: District 30 Councilmember and incumbent candidate Elizabeth Crowley voted at PS 113 in Glendale.


Photo courtesy of Daniel Lee

8:29 a.m.: City Council District 22 Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe voted this morning at PS 171 in Long Island City.

“Change is in the air. I’m looking forward to the next several hours of conversations with my fellow community members about the important issues in our district. I love Election Day,” said Serpe.


Screenshot via Twitter/@AdolfoCarrion

8:24 a.m.: Independence mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion Jr. casts his ballot.


Photo by Terence M. Cullen

8:08 a.m.: Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota meets and greets voters with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the 86th Street 4/5/6 subway stop at the corner of 86th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.


Photo courtesy of Councilmember Ulrich

7:30 a.m.: Councilmember Eric Ulrich, the incumbent in the District 32 race, cast his ballot early this morning.


6:33 a.m.: Polls are open and close at 9 p.m. According to the Board of Elections, you can find your poll site location online at http://nyc.pollsitelocator.com or by calling the voter Phone Bank at 1-866-VOTE-NYC.

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


EVENT OF THE DAY: Deconstructed Flowers

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers,” at the Queens Botanical Garden from November 5-January 25. His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique, which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image. Free to the public. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

2013 Election Day coverage

Check back with QueensCourier.com for continuing Election Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York City voters have big say on state casino measure

New York City voters could have the biggest say in deciding whether to authorize seven Las Vegas-style casinos, even though the first four would go upstate and it could be years before the city sees its first. Read more: NBC New York

Illegal ‘sweepstakes cafes’ should be closed: Cops

Cops want to fold illegal “sweepstakes cafes” that offer patrons cash prizes as they play online games. Read more: New York Daily News 

Cheaper corn could mean cheaper chicken

A record corn crop has produced an unexpected windfall: cheaper chicken prices. Read more: CBS New York

Senate moves ahead on gay rights bill 

The Senate is moving forward on the first major bill barring workplace discrimination against gays in nearly two decades as Americans’ shifting views about homosexuality have significantly changed the political dynamic. Read more: AP

Street Talk: Will you be voting on November 5? Why or why not?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Street Talk election

Yes, because my theory is that everybody has great ideas and it’s good to share them with the general public. It’s good to exercise your right to vote to see the outcomes of what some people are actually saying.
David Lipscomb

This time no, because it seems that every time we try to make a change with whichever party is chosen, there is no change. There’s always an agenda, so no matter who voted or how, they voted, the agenda is always the most important thing.
Jose Rodriguez

Yes, because I think the issues are important. In a way, I do feel like the government is going to do whatever it wants anyway.
David Burks

I’m not voting. I’m not really feeling it this year.
Maggie Gaydar

I’m not a resident here, although if I were, I would vote.
Michael Smith

I’m voting, but I won’t be voting in New York because I’m registered in California. But I’ll be voting because I think it’s important.
Hannah Armour

I’m not going to vote because I’m not a citizen. If I were, then I would take the time to learn more about who’s running and what they stand for, because I think voting is very important.
Sara Araujo

Yes, I will be voting because that’s what keeps the wheels of Democracy turning. Even if my candidate doesn’t win, I’ll know I did my part.
Tevin Robinson




Meeks secures 8th term in Congress

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Photo courtesy of Congressmember Gregory Meeks's office

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 and some of Nassau County.

“I have three most foremost goals,” said the incumbent. “The first is to effectively help [my] constituents resolve whatever federal issues they may have, like problems with medicare, social security, medicaid [and] immigration.”

The Democrat’s other goals relate to job creating legislation, by both supporting and introducing bills that spark employment, and also working locally to develop his district into a “more cohesive and innovative economic engine.”

“With JFK Airport, Resorts World, Belmont Racetrack, Green Acres Mall, hospitals … and a skilled workforce, the 5th CD has assets that could become job creating hubs and corridors of entrepreneurial innovation,” he said.

Meeks came out on top of challenger Jennings, who ran on the Republican line though he is a registered Democrat. Jennings also ran in the Democratic primary, but was defeated by the congressmember. He then re-entered the race on the Republican ticket.

Jennings, a former Councilmember, has repeatedly run unsuccessfully for office since the loss of his council seat in 2005.

Ulrich announces concession morning after election

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THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

It’s over: State Senator Joseph Addabbo has won his third term in Albany.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich said on election night he would not concede to defeat just yet, despite a victory announcement from the incumbent Addabbo.

The next morning, however, Ulrich announced via Twitter that he had called Addabbo and congratulated him on the victory.

With all precincts in the massive district reporting, Addabbo led with 57 percent – roughly 38,011 ballots, according to news sources. This is nearly 10,000 more than Ulrich. Tentative numbers from the Board of Elections confirmed Addabbo had nearly that number.

An Ulrich spokesperson said in a text that the campaign’s internal numbers do not match the numbers used by news services and would not comment further as of 2 a.m.

Although their gatherings were separated by just blocks, the two gave contrasting views of the election’s turnout thus far.

“We are not conceding this race at this time because the difference between me and my opponent is just a few percentage points and there are literally thousands – I don’t have a concrete number – but thousands and thousands of paper ballots still out there,” Ulrich said.

Addabbo, however, was confident in his victory and thanked a packed room for their support.

“We believed in the fact that it wasn’t about the money, it’s not about the billboards, it’s not about the commercials, it’s not about the mailers,” he said. “It’s about a positive message and a lot of heart.”

Addabbo was referring mainly to the outpouring of money into the Ulrich for Senate war chest – floating around $1 million.

“We were outspent in 2008, we won. We were outspent in 2010, we won. And guess what, we were out spent in 2012 and we won this one,” Addabbo said.

There were thousands of paper ballots that still needed to be counted, and Ulrich said he’s curious how many of those were displaced Rockaway voters who still cast ballots within the district.

The brunt of confused results, Ulrich said, fell upon the Board of Elections (BOE), which he alleged had “run down the clock” on deciding where voters on the peninsula could vote.

“Widespread problems at the polls today,” he said. “The incompetence of the Board of Elections, we know that already. How inaccessible they made it for people in these areas where these people lost everything to vote.”

Ulrich, who, along with Addabbo, suspended his campaign to focus on relief efforts in his district following Superstorm Sandy, said, should he wake up tomorrow morning and his opponent have a wide margin, he’d be the first person to call and congratulate him.

He said the campaign did not plan on that just yet, waiting “until we know how many ballots are still out there and outstanding, I think it’s premature that we throw in the towel.”

But, as of now, the race is still narrow, Ulrich said.

As the hours crept further into the night, the margin between the two narrowed with Addabbo still retaining a lead over his opponent.

There is still the possibility of a recount, something Ulrich said he’ll leave to his campaign people as he returns to helping those devastated by the disastrous storm.

Addabbo likewise told his supporters that the next step was returning to revamping and helping to rebuild the region – nearly all of which is a part of the new Senate District 15. The potential of a recount or a lawsuit against the results was something that Addabbo said wouldn’t break his focus on getting the district back together.

“No, I’m not worried,” he said. “You just want to make sure it’s official and we move on. I have a lot of work to do. We can be mired in a court proceeding, but the bottom line, we have work to do. Any talk about what the storm did to the election, I have a job tomorrow.”

The last week has been busy for Ulrich: Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways were struck by Sandy on Monday, October 29; his wife, Yadira, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Lily, on Halloween; and he faced the election last night. He admitted upon voting earlier on Election Day that the preceding week had been chaotic, but had geared his focus least on the election.

– With Additionally Reporting by Billy Rennison


Meng defeats Halloran, becomes first Asian American from NY in Congress

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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

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 total, tallying 100,571 ballots with nearly all precincts reporting.

“Tonight, we celebrate the culmination of many, many months of hard work,” Meng said at her victory party in downtown Flushing. “Tonight is historic in that we’ve taken one small step in getting more women elected to government. It’s important to protect girl power.”

Meng secured endorsements from big name organizations and major figures in the political sphere, including the district’s current representative, Congressmember Gary Ackerman, who announced in March he would not seek re-election this year.

She fought off three opponents in June and won a hotly-contested primary race with 51 percent of the vote.

The district is a newly-drawn one and covers Flushing to Bayside, extending to Glendale.

“I thank you all for the victory and for the trust you’ve placed in me,” Meng said. “We have a lot of work to accomplish on behalf of the people who suffered because of Hurricane Sandy and on behalf of the people of New York and America.”

Halloran conceded and congratulated his rival for her Capitol triumph, adding that a Republican would have had a “tough time under the best of circumstances” in Queens.

“It doesn’t seem like even the tallies coming in will overcome the lead she acquired,” he said. “She went through a grueling primary and did a lot of hard work. We did a great job putting together a campaign in a short period of time. And now I’m going to go have a drink.”

— With additional reporting by Maggie Hayes

Incumbent Stavisky, newcomer Ron Kim defeat Republican challengers

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Political veteran State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky welcomed in a new generation of local leadership when she and first-time candidate Ron Kim celebrated their general election wins of Senate District 16 and Assembly District 40, respectively.

Stavisky, the first woman from Queens to be elected to the State Senate, defeated Republican opponent J.D. Kim with 76 percent of the vote and garnered 40,355 votes according to unofficial results, retaining her seat in Senate District 16 for what will be her seventh term.

“I’m always nervous,” said Stavisky before the results poured in on Tuesday, November 6. “And I think that’s a good thing because you can’t take voters for granted. Every election is different and I’m optimistic but the voters have spoken.”

Celebrating alongside Kim, who swept a victory from Philip Gim with 67 percent of the vote, Stavisky applauded the political newcomer’s “remarkable job” and indicated his key to success as continuing along his current trajectory.

“It’s very difficult when you run for office for the first time but [Kim] instinctively knew what to do, he knew what positions to take — it’s a lot different when you’re a candidate. It’s one thing to study political science and be familiar with the issues and it’s quite different when you’re a candidate.”

Kim, who was endorsed by Assemblymember Grace Meng, whose seat he will be taking, outraised Gim by a more than 2 to 1 margin.

During Kim’s victory speech, he thanked his staff, volunteers and family. Kim named New York City Comptroller John Liu as his “mentor” and “advisor,” saying that had it not been for Liu, he would have not won this election.

“When an elected official makes an endorsement it’s usually a photo op and a piece of advice,” said Kim. “But John was there every single night — he was so dedicated. I learned so much about what it is to run a campaign the right way and do it the clean way and just pure hard work.”

He then thanked Stavisky for her guidance, saying the Senator stood with him from the beginning of his campaign and their successes were the result of a combined effort.

“We ran as a team and we won as a team,” said Kim.

Thousands voting in tent at Rockaway supersite

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THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

Superstorm Sandy relocated dozens of poll sites including eight in the Rockaways that were housed at a single “supersite” at P.S. 180 in Rockaway Park.

A tent was set up outside the school for the thousands of residents from throughout the peninsula who were funneled to the site.

Locals came from as far as three miles away, a far cry from the couple of blocks many residents are used to.

“It’s not perfect, it’s far, it’s outside and it’s dusty, but it hasn’t been too bad,” said Janet Doherty, who came from Arverne to vote.

Others were frustrated with the confusion, long lines and bouncing from site to site.

“I already was sent away from one site, and now they can’t find my name here,” said one voter as she waited on line at the information table.

“No one told me the site’s changed.  With all that’s been happening, how are we supposed to know,” said Marc Lillard.

The BOE did not contact individual voters instead relying on good government organizations and media to get word out.  Twenty-eight Queens poll sites were changed after the storm.

Approximately 1,800 showed up at the site as of 2:30 p.m. to vote, with thousands more expected at night.

The day got off to a bumpy start when the site’s generators had no gas leaving the tent without heat and lights, said John Bougiamas, an administrative associate with the Board of Elections.  Bougiamas said the location now has enough gas to last them until at least 9 p.m.

Many poll site workers were also unable to reach the new site forcing the BOE to hold a special training session yesterday and ship the newly trained workers to Rockaway.

“We run elections and we’re doing our best to run an election,” said Bougiamas.

As voters entered the tent they were sent to separate corners which housed each of the different election districts.

“All things considered things have run fairly smoothly,” said Elliot Harris, a volunteer at the site.

But Harris is worried about the conditions after nightfall.

“It’s going to be worse later.  It’s going to be colder, it’s going to be dark,” he said.  “People don’t want to be walking around Rockaway when it’s dark.”

Korean interpreter filling out ballots in Flushing, poll worker alleges

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A Korean-American interpreter was allegedly expelled from a Flushing poll site this afternoon after he was caught filling out ballots for voters, a poll watcher said.

The Board of Elections (BOE) interpreter — who was identified as a man in his 60s named Sang — allegedly told some Korean-speaking locals at P.S. 20 to cast their votes for President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates in statewide elections, including Korean Assembly hopeful Ron Kim.

The poll site worker also allegedly filled out ballots for some voters, pushing a Democratic slate, sources claim.

“The interpreter told the voter, ‘Hey, because you’re Korean, you want to vote for Obama and Ron Kim and down the line, all Democrats,’” said poll watcher Daniel Baek.

Baek, 30, said the man told Korean voters to come to his table for language assistance. He had assisted 51 people from 6 a.m. to around 2 p.m., Baek said, pointing to records.

“I don’t know how many of those voters are tainted,” Baek said. “He actually darkened the circle on behalf of the voters. I couldn’t afford to let him do that to more voters.”

Baek said he contacted his headquarters, which then contacted the BOE. A BOE coordinator then allegedly asked the man to pack up and leave shortly before 2 p.m., he said.

BOE officials did not immediately confirm the misconduct, which Baek said is still occurring at several other poll sites in Flushing, including St. Mary’s Nativity Church.

“I don’t think it matters if you’re a Democrat or Republican. Voter fraud is a terrible thing,” said Kevin Ryan, spokesperson for Republican Councilmember Dan Halloran, who is running for Congress and is also on the ballot at P.S. 20. “This is not something we want to mess around with, and it’s not to be tolerated.”

Phil Gim, the Republican contender challenging Kim, called on the BOE to fully investigate the matter.

“There is nothing more important than maintaining the integrity of our election process. The people of our community have a right to an election free from illegal manipulation,” Gim said. “The citizens of our [district] cannot have confidence in their elected officials if the manner in which they are elected is in any doubt.”

Addabbo, Ulrich suspend campaigns as they aid in Sandy recovery

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In a week expected to be packed with last-minute campaigning, the candidates for the Senate District 15 have put it to the wayside as their respective districts still recover from damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Incumbent State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Councilmember Eric Ulrich, locked in one of the tightest races in the borough, have both said campaign operations are taking a break as they aid in assessment and recovery efforts in their areas.

Addabbo said in a statement that he was focusing on recovery and relief efforts for the district.

“As of now my main priority and that of my campaign staff is to focus on assisting my district in the clean up and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as many areas of my district were hit incredibly hard by the storm,” he said. “The safety and well-being of my constituents are the most important to me, and I will not focus my attention elsewhere until the recovery is well on its way.”

Ulrich for Senate spokesperson Jessica Proud said the councilmember had suspended his campaign to deal with the devastation from the hurricane.

The campaign’s headquarters on Cross Bay Boulevard appeared yesterday to have been flooded from water that poured on to the wide thoroughfare. Chairs and tables were knocked over with campaign literature scattered all over the floor.

The Rockaways were projected to be a decisive factor in the election. Ulrich has represented a bulk of the peninsula since 2009; Addabbo represented virtually the same area, in the City Council, from 2001 to 2008.

October 12 last day to register for general election, mayoral primary

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THE COURIER/photo by Alexa Altman

If you want to cast a ballot in this year’s presidential election — or next year’s mayoral primary — October 12 is the last day to register to vote.

New York ranks near the bottom of the country in voter registration; less than 64 percent of eligible residents are registered to vote, ranking the state 47th in the nation.

Click here to find out if you’re registered to vote

To be able to vote in the general elections — which includes president, Congress, Senate and state offices — on November 6, your application must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 12 and received by October 17. You may also register in person at your local Board of Elections or any voter registration center.  Change of addresses must also be received by October 17.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative in August — online registration — to help increase voter numbers.

According to the governor’s office, registration rates jumped from 28 to 53 percent among voters 18 to 24 in Arizona after online registration was introduced.

Residents can now log on to their computers to register to vote, change their address or update party enrollment.

If you want to register electronically, you can now visit the Department of Motor Vehicle’s “MyDMV” web site.  You will also be able to register paper-free at local DMV offices.

Though it is nearly a year away, unregistered voters or those wishing to switch parties have until October 12 if they would like to vote in the 2013 mayoral primary elections.  City residents cannot change enrollment and vote in that parties primary in the same year.

The city’s Board of Elections website says, “The last day to change your enrollment is the same as the last day to register for the General Election.”

According to the New York Times, “The law is rooted in the notion that closed primaries should not be raided, at the last minute, by outsiders who may want to pick, say, a weaker candidate to run against their preferred choice in a general election.”