Malcolm Smith

Queens political hall of shame
Queens political hall of shame
Politics Queens Courier Staff 7/19/2013 at 10:12AM

This New York City election season features not one, but two formerly disgraced politicians asking voters to give them a second chance. Former Congressmember Anthony Weiner, who announced he is running for mayor in May, and former Governor Eliot Spitzer, who launched his bid for city comptroller last week, were both forced to resign after sexual [...]

Embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran launches law practice
Embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran launches law practice
Politics Melissa Chan 7/18/2013 at 11:51AM

An embattled Queens legislator has launched a law practice as he awaits his own day in court. Councilmember Dan Halloran is still taking on legal cases as an attorney and has formed a separate office to handle them, The Courier has learned. This firm’s website, www.halloranlaw.org, describes Whitestone-based Halloran Law P.C. as a “one-stop shop [...]

Halloran dropping re-election bid amid federal charges
Halloran dropping re-election bid amid federal charges
Northeast Terence M. Cullen 5/01/2013 at 12:41PM

With an uphill legal battle underway, Councilmember Dan Halloran will not to run for re-election later this year, widening an already crowded race for his seat. A source close to Halloran originally confirmed the embattled legislator is withdrawing from the race. “Regrettably, I must now focus my attention on clearing my name and restoring my [...]

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 [...]

Ex-councilmember Anthony Como replaces indicted Queens GOP vice chair Vince Tabone
Ex-councilmember Anthony Como replaces indicted Queens GOP vice chair Vince Tabone
Politics Terence M. Cullen 4/24/2013 at 5:04PM

Former Councilmember Anthony Como will become the new executive vice chair of the Queens GOP, replacing indicted attorney Vince Tabone. GOP chair Phil Ragusa confirmed Como would be taking over, saying the former city legislator would be a good fit. “I know Anthony for a long time,” Ragusa said. “He was our City Council candidate [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 4/19/2013 at 8:08AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 70. Breezy. Winds from the South at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Friday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 50. Breezy. Winds from the South at 15 to 20 mph shifting to the [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 4/18/2013 at 8:16AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 59. Breezy. Winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 54. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. EVENT OF THE DAY: Let’s Make a [...]

Eyes on possible Malcolm Smith replacement
Eyes on possible Malcolm Smith replacement
Politics Terence M. Cullen 4/11/2013 at 10:55AM

The charges against State Senator Malcolm Smith already have the political world swirling with rumors on a potential replacement if the embattled legislator is found guilty. Councilmember Leroy Comrie and Jason Hilliard, chief of staff for Congressmember Gregory Meeks, were both reported to be eyeing the spot. But Comrie, a candidate for borough president, said [...]

Cuomo cracks down on public corruption
Cuomo cracks down on public corruption
Politics Queens Courier Staff 4/10/2013 at 1:37PM

BY CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND TERENCE M. CULLEN In light of several recent political scandals, including the arrests of Queens legislators Malcolm Smith and Dan Halloran, Governor Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on corruption. He announced the Public Trust act on Tuesday, April 9, which would make it easier to convict wrongdoers of public corruption under [...]

Leaders call for changing of the guard in Queens GOP
Leaders call for changing of the guard in Queens GOP
Politics Terence M. Cullen 4/09/2013 at 12:33PM

Former Republican Councilmember Thomas Ognibene says there needs to be a change-up in the Queens GOP after years of infighting and what he called a negative influence by former vice chair Vince Tabone. “I’ve believed for the last three to four years that it [leadership] had to be changed,” said Ognibene, who served in the [...]