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Graziano crosses lines, endorses Republican candidate Saffran in District 19 race
Graziano crosses lines, endorses Republican candidate Saffran in District 19 race
Politics Melissa Chan 10/15/2013 at 3:30PM

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That’s the proverbial message a northeast Queens Democrat is sending by crossing party lines to endorse the Republican candidate over the one who beat him at the polls last month. Paul Graziano, who came in third in the Democratic primary for District 19 to Paul Vallone, publicly [...]

Primary guide: City Council District 19
Primary guide: City Council District 19
Politics Queens Courier Staff 9/04/2013 at 2:48PM

As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the candidates in City Council District 19 (College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck), who [...]

PAC attacks City Council candidates in District 19 race
PAC attacks City Council candidates in District 19 race
Politics Melissa Chan 8/28/2013 at 11:19AM

Three City Council candidates who recently had their faces plastered on smear mailers are calling for an end to “one of the worst mudslinging campaigns” the district has ever seen. “I am very disappointed and saddened by the false attacks which have been made on the personal character of the candidates,” said Chrissy Voskerichian. “False [...]

Candidates vie for votes in Councilmember Halloran’s district
Candidates vie for votes in Councilmember Halloran’s district
Politics Melissa Chan 8/21/2013 at 12:53PM

The six candidates vying to replace scandal-scarred Councilmember Dan Halloran mapped out ways they would bring integrity back to the seat at a Flushing forum last week. “There is such anger, and it’s justified,” said Paul Vallone at a forum hosted by the MinKwon Center for Community Action. “We need to reclaim our local council [...]

Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway
Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway
Politics Melissa Chan 4/25/2013 at 1:23PM

The first Republican candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to replace federally-indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran. Dennis Saffran, 57, said he is running in the 19th Council District to restore “the tradition of integrity and honesty in government.” The attorney from Douglaston ran for the seat in 2001 and narrowly lost to then-Councilmember Tony [...]

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 [...]

City Council seats draw big names
City Council seats draw big names
News Melissa Chan 10/19/2012 at 2:20PM

A handful of political hopefuls in northeast Queens are already mulling over a chance to join the city’s lawmaking body next year. The draw of taking over one vacant city council seat and possibly ousting one of the borough’s only two Republicans in another district has been luring in a number of interested candidates. Councilmember [...]