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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 47. Light and variable wind becoming east 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Friday night: A slight chance of rain or drizzle after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

EVENT of the DAY: Shirley Valentine at Queens Theatre

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning play, written by Willy Russell, is about a middle-aged housewife who finds herself unhappy and wondering what happened to all the joy in her life. But when she’s offered the chance to go on the vacation-of-a-lifetime, Shirley is introduced to the adventure, hope and, ultimately, love she had been missing. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Citizens group demands ‘overdue’ stormproof measures to prevent future devastation of Rockaways beaches

Just hours after Superstorm Sandy devastated Rockaway Beach, someone angrily spray-painted a message on the wall of a battered handball court: “John Cori warned you.” Cori, who grew up down the street on Beach 92nd St., has spent the past few years advocating for beach replenishment, new jetties and other reforms to protect the dangerously eroded shoreline. Read more: Daily News

NY1 Exclusive: Red Cross Worker Charged With Alleged Sexual Abuse Of Woman Who Lost Her Home To Sandy

A Red Cross worker is charged with sexually assaulting a woman who turned to him for help after Hurricane Sandy destroyed her Queens home. NY1′s Dean Meminger filed the following report. Evergreen Washington says a Red Cross worker should be stripped of his red and white uniform and put in a prison jumpsuit. Read more: NY1

Romney lunches with Obama at White House

Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for lunch at the White House on Thursday, sitting down with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest. Read more: NY Post

Rockaway Residents Frustrated With Crowded Buses, Longer Travel Times

Rockaway residents say they’re fed up having to wait an extra 30 minutes or more each morning for a bus to work. “I don’t get paid if I’m not there,” said one commuter. “It’s crazy.” In some cases, buses are so packed, they have to bypass stops. Read more: NY1

St. John’s University dean Cecilia Chang expressed “suicidal ideations” a month before she killed herself

Ex-St. John’s University dean Cecilia Chang talked of committing suicide little more than a month before she hanged herself during her criminal trial, according to court papers. A female friend of Chang’s asked to have her name removed from the bail bond because of the defendant’s increasingly bizarre behavior, defense lawyer Joel Cohen told a judge at an emergency hearing held on Oct. 1. Read more: Daily News

Queens homeowner can’t get in touch with insurance company

Dark and damp, the smell of seawater left from Sandy is a reminder for homeowner Marcy Miller Bolden of the water which flooded her basement during the hurricane. “My basement is completely destroyed,” Miller Bolden said. “The seawater corroded my boiler.” Now Miller Bolden is living without heat and expenses she can’t afford. Read more: NY1

MLS seeks to build 25,000-seat soccer stadium in Queens

Major League Soccer is taking its plan to build a 25,000-seat home for a new team in New York City to the politicians in Queens who will decide the project’s fate. The league will present its plan for a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to Borough President Helen Marshall, Queens city council members and community leaders on Dec. 3, Dan Andrews, a spokesman for Marshall, said today in an e-mail. Read more: NJ.com

Queens Morning Roundup


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Today’s Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind 5 to 7 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: LIC Bar: Comedy and Trivia Show

Every Thursday night Stephanie Holmes brings you hilarious and creative trivia. With categories like “name that burger” and audio rounds like “more cowbell” and “name that sha-la-la” you’re sure to have an interesting time. Every show features 3 stand up comedians to entertain you while we add up the points. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Jimmy Meng pleads guilty to federal wire fraud charges

Former Queens Assemblymember Jimmy Meng pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to federal wire fraud charges, according to the FBI. Meng, the father to newly elected Congressmember and current Assemblymember Grace Meng, reportedly entered the plea on November 14 at around 2 p.m. Read more: Queens Courier

Mitt Romney’s sour grapes to top donors

Mitt Romney can’t lay off the “47%.” The losing GOP presidential candidate unloaded a cartful of sour grapes on his top donors Wednesday, saying President Obama won because he handed out “big gifts” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. Read more: Daily News

FBI found classified information on mistress’s computer, gov’t documents in home: sources

The FBI found a substantial amount of classified information improperly secured on the personal computer of disgraced CIA director Gen. David Petraeus’ mistress, sources said yesterday. The files were discovered on a machine removed from Paula Broadwell’s Charlotte, NC, home as the feds investigated her sordid affair with the military commander whose biography she co-wrote. Read more: NY Post

R.A. Dickey wins NL Cy Young Award

In a lost season, R.A. Dickey was one of the Mets’ few bright spots. Responsible for 20 of the team’s 74 wins, Dickey took home the National League’s Cy Young award, beating a tough field that included last year’s winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals. Read more: Queens Courier

Caribbean diplomats return the favor

Caribbean nations are all too familiar with the wrath of hurricanes and the subsequent relief that flows from the U.S. But in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, high-ranking diplomats from a dozen Caribbean countries have pitched in to return the favor to their adopted city. Read more: Daily News

School’s out for jeans and jeggings

Teen fashion staples like jeans and jeggings aren’t simply banned from one Queens high school — wearing them can get students suspended, The Post has learned. The “business casual” code at Maspeth HS, which serves nearly 500 ninth- and 10th-graders, requires polo or collared shirts and sweaters, and slacks, khakis or corduroys — but strictly forbids the kids from donning jeans, tights, jeggings or even bright-colored pants. Read more: NY Post

Queens’ Morning roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain in the afternoon. High of 43. Windy. Winds from the NNE at 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Wednesday Night: Overcast with snow and rain, then rain after midnight. Low of 34 with a windchill as low as 25F. Windy. Winds from the North at 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph shifting to the South after midnight. Chance of precipitation 90% .

QUEENS COURIER ELECTION COVERAGE

Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation. Read more: AP

Nor’easter bearing down on New York City; Mayor Bloomberg orders city parks and beaches shut

A gust of rare good news arrived Tuesday for New Yorkers still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy: A second storm bearing down on the Big Apple will be weaker than expected. Read more: New York Daily News

Bloomberg: New York voting machine system is a ‘nightmare’ When voting was still in progress Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the voting machine system, calling it a “nightmare” and saying the old machines worked fine. Read more: CBS New York

Displaced by hurricane, but returning home, briefly, to vote

Just after daybreak, under a pink-hued sky, the first voters began to pick their way through the sand and muck that had been the streets of Bay Head, N.J. Sidestepping the occasional dead fish with its one-eyed stare, they steadily found their way to the firehouse, where a huge generator powered one of the few sources of heat in the tiny seaside borough. Read more: New York Times 

Former St. John’s dean Cecilia Chang dead of apparent suicide

Cecilia Chang, the former dean of St. John’s University, who is on trial for stealing $1 million from the school, was found dead in her Jamaica home Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, according to multiple reports. Read more: Queens Courier

President Obama defeats Romney, wins second term


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ALEXA ALTMAN, MAGGIE HAYES AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

President Barack Obama defeated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, kicking off his second term.

“And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work we have to do and the future that lies ahead,” said Obama in his victory speech shortly before 2 a.m.

Around the time of his speech, the president had 303 electoral votes and Romney had 206, with Florida’s 29 electoral votes still pending.

The contentious campaign road led both major party candidates to swing states, including Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania, in the weeks prior to the election.

Obama won all three of those key states in addition to other important victories in Virginia, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Though media outlets declared the president the winner shortly after 11 p.m., the Romney campaign initially told MSNBC that it wasn’t ready to concede Ohio and its 18 electoral votes.

But as more results came in, it became more apparent that Obama would stay in the White House for four more years.

About 1 a.m., Mitt Romney gave his concession speech in Boston.

“I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader,” said Romney.

Less than 24 hours earlier, polls and political experts were still predicting a close race between both candidates who each had their ups and downs during the campaign.

The three debates between the presidential candidates preceding the vote caused the opponents to butt heads over domestic, economic and foreign policy issues. During the first debate at the University of Denver, critics felt the governor came out on top while the president fell short. However, in the second debate at Hofstra University, while discussing topics like the economic impact on recent college graduates, creating jobs and the country’s current financial deficit, Obama came out swinging.

Controversial issues surrounding the president included his economic policies and whether or not he was capable of easing the country’s debt. Romney was criticized for his inability to connect with those struggling to make ends meet – particularly among the middle and lower classes.

 

 

 

2012 Election Day coverage


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

Throughout the day and night Queens Courier will be updating our websiteFacebook page and Twitter account (@QueensCourier) using the hashtag #courierpolitics, with news about the local elections and presidential race, from the casting of ballots to the final results.

2:00 a.m.

Joseph Addabbo is projected as the winner in the State Senate District 15 race, defeating Republican opponent Eric Ulrich.

1:45 a.m.

Obama gives his victory speech in Chicago: “And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work we have to do and the future that lies ahead,” said the re-elected president.

1:30 a.m.

Results for all the Queens State Assembly winners are in:

District 25: Nily Rozic
District 30: Margaret Markey
District 36: Aravella Simotas
District 40:  Ron Kim

1:25 a.m.

Tony Avella wins the State Senate District 11 race and Toby Ann Stavisky wins in District 16.

1:00 a.m.

Mitt Romney gives his concession speech in Boston: “I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, he said, concluding his five minute speech to his supporters.

12:40 p.m.

Michael Gianaris has been declared the winner in the State Senate District 12 race by ABC New York.

12:10 p.m. 

In the remaining Queens Congressional races Grace Meng has been declared the winner in the District 6 race, defeating Dan Halloran, Steve Israel wins in District 3 and Gregory Meeks wins in District 5.

11:35 p.m.

In the Queens U.S. Congressional races, Hakeem Jeffries in District 8, Carolyn Maloney in District 12 and Joseph Crowley in District 14 have been projected as winners.

11:20 p.m.

President Barack Obama wins a second term. “This happened because of you. Thank you,” the president tweeted following his victory.

10:25 p.m.

Results for the Queens races have yet to come in, but more states have been declared in the presidential race. Notable projected wins that have been made for Obama include New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. But in some swing states (Ohio, Florida and Virginia) it’s still too close to call.

9:15 p.m.

NBC News has projected Kirsten Gillibrand as the winner in the New York U.S. Senate race, beating her Republican opponent Wendy Long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 p.m.

Polls are now closed in NY, and the New York Times has projected Obama as the winner in the state. But in the west, several states are still voting until 10 and 11 p.m. ET. Alaska is the last state to end voting, at 12:00 a.m. ET.

8:45 p.m.

Polls in New York are about 15 minutes from closing, but in other states the precincts are already reporting, and the presidential candidates are picking up electoral votes.

The AP has called Obama as the winner in Illinois, Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C. and Vermont.

Romney has won Indian, Kentucky, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Oklahoma.

6:00 p.m.

Throughout Election Day thousands had to vote in a tent at a Rockaway supersite. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:45 p.m.

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine reportedly malfunctioned today and changed votes for President Obama to Republican candidate Mitt Romney and vice versa. SEE THE VIDEO

4:50 p.m.

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. READ MORE

3:30 p.m.

P.S. 41 in Bayside is full of voters but running smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:20 p.m.

Rockaway voting: nine poll sites, one tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:45 p.m.

P.S. 232 The Walter Ward School in Lindenwood is also playing host voters who normally cast their ballots at P.S. 207 and P.S. 146.

“Turnout is very high due to the storm,” said Anthony Savoca, an Assembly District moderator.

The voting time was minimal, Savoca said, but some newcomers were “a little unsure where to go.”

Bob Boiselle, who was driving seniors to voting sites today, said of the four he’d gone to, “this one looks like the shortest.”

12:45 p.m. 

Voters waiting in line at P.S. 232 in Howard Beach. (Photo: Twitter/@windynyc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:15 p.m.

Since early this morning, voters have been reporting long lines at poll sites. The Board of Elections (BOE) anticipated that more people would cast their ballots this year because of the presidential election and hired extra poll workers, especially information clerks to help people figure out if they are voting at the right place, said BOE spokesperson Valerie Vazquez.

Though some workers faced challenges getting to poll sites because of Sandy, the BOE is providing shuttle buses in hard hit areas, such as Far Rockaway, for both voters and workers, and has a pool of alternate workers in case some can’t make it to their polling place, said Vazquez.

SEE THE SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE

Last night, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order allowing New York voters to cast an affidavit ballot at any polling site in the state. Voters who do so don’t need to prove that they are displaced, said Vazquez, and should be able to vote at any location. But since Cuomo announced the executive order just before 5 p.m.  last night, the BOE didn’t have a lot of time to communicate the change to its workers, she said.

11:00 a.m.

Councilmember Eric Ulrich voted this morning at 11 a.m., with his wife Yadira at P.S. 63 in Ozone Park as he makes his run to unseat incumbent State Senator Joseph Addabbo.

After voting, Ulrich said he was upset that the Board of Elections had moved a number of polling sites to inaccessible locations for Rockaway residents still reeling from Hurricane Sandy.

“The board of elections has made it inconvenient today for people to vote,” he said. “It’s the foundation of our democracy and yet every year, or every two years, they find a way to screw it up.”

Whatever the ballots say tonight, Ulrich suggested the Board be revamped.

“Regardless of the outcome of today’s election, both locally and nationally, I think it’s important that people seriously consider revamping, or restructuring the Board of Elections,” he said. “It’s proved once again its incompetence and its inability to help people exercise their right to vote.”

10:30 a.m.

Mayor Bloomberg, like many New Yorkers today, waits in a long line to cast his vote. (Photo: Twitter/@NYC Mayor’s Office)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 a.m.

Mitt Romney casts his vote in Boston this morning. (Video: AP)

 

 8:30 a.m.

All smiles, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas filed her ballot around 8:30 a.m. at P.S. 84 in Astoria.

“This morning I had the privilege of exercising the most important right we have as Americans,” said Simotas.

The incumbent, who faces off against Julia Haich for the Assembly District 36 seat, said the recent devastation left by Superstorm Sandy proves the importance of selecting officials who speak and act for their community in a time of crisis.

“This Election Day, following the devastation of the storm and the incredible efforts of our communities and our local, state and federal elected officials, it is clearer than ever how crucial it is to go to the polls and choose your representatives,” said Simotas.

 

 

 

Senator Michael Gianaris cast his vote early this morning at P.S. 84 in Astoria.

“It is an honor to be elected by the people of western Queens for the last several years and a thrill to participate in the democratic process,” said the senator, who is pitted against Auralio Arcabascio for the Senate District 12 seat.

Gianaris said it’s imperative that people get to the polls and cast their vote.

“The right to vote is one of the most valuable aspects of our democracy, and I hope everyone cast their ballots today to ensure their voices are heard in all levels of our government.”

 

 

WATCH: Voting machine switches Obama votes to Romney


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A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine malfunctioned today and changed votes for President Obama to Republican candidate Mitt Romney and vice versa, MSNBC reported.

A video of the broken machine was posted on YouTube with a description of what the poster witnessed:

“My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.

I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.

There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.”

After the video was put online, MSNBC confirmed that there was a problem with the voting machine and that it had been taken out of service.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 46. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 41. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

QUEENS COURIER 2012 ELECTION DAY COVERAGE

Throughout the day and night Queens Courier will be updating our website, Facebook page and Twitter account (@QueensCourier) using the hastag #courierpolitics, with news and photos on the local elections and presidential race, from the casting of ballots to the final results.

If you have yet to head to the polls or even make up your mind about whom to vote for, check out our Queens Election Guide.

Voters who have been displaced by Sandy and can’t vote at their regular poll site, can find out if their voting place has been relocated here or, as Governor Cuomo announced last night, can cast an affidavit ballot at any poll site in New York State.

 Storm to hit Sandy-stricken Northeast

As the Northeast still recovers from Sandy, another storm is poised to strike the area later this week. Read more: Queens Courier

Families search for loved ones in the wake of Sandy

A Broad Channel man battled a broken boardwalk last week in search of his 65-year-old father, who refused to abandon his Rockaway beachfront home. Read more: Queens Courier

Hurricane Sandy could decide fate of New York State Senate

The future of the New York State Senate could be decided in the flood-soaked, fire-scarred parts of Queens that were hardest hit by superstorm Sandy. Read more: New York Daily News

Schools reopen to snarls; transit headaches persist

In Lower Manhattan, students shivered in school buildings that had lights, but no heat; on Staten Island, they sat by classmates whose homes had been destroyed; and in every borough, some students stayed home as the city used their classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums as shelters. Read more: New York Times

Cabbies demand express lane for fueling up, complain of long daily waits

On Monday night, New York City cabbies were demanding an express lane at local gas stations, as they complained of waiting up to six hours a day to refuel. Read more: CBS New York

In case of a recount, a long wait for Ohio

Election Day in Ohio is Tuesday, as in every other state in the union. But if the margin in the presidential contest is narrow here, as many polls predict, the winner may not be known until well into December. Read more: New York Times

New Congress likely to frustrate Obama or Romney

No matter who is elected president, he’s likely to find that the next Congress will remain what the current one has been for President Barack Obama – a headache. Read more: AP

Congressional races set records for spending

There may be little drama left in the outcome, but you wouldn’t know that by watching the final days of campaigning in the battle for the U.S. House. Read more: CNN

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 48. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Clear. Low of 36. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the West after midnight.

EVENT of the DAY

Monday nights at Rapture Lounge in Astoria, musicians, poets, writers, singers-songwriters, comedians and performance artists are invited to the bar’s open mic night. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

28 polls sites changed in Queens due to Sandy

Due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, 28 poll sites were forced to be moved for Election Day on Tuesday, November 6. Read more: Queens Courier

65 Queens schools to remain closed Monday

While a majority of city students will return to school after a week off due to Hurricane Sandy, some buildings sustained significant damage in the storm and are still not ready to hold classes. Read more: Queens Courier

Raw in the Rockaways: Hurricane Sandy victims huddle in cold with no lights, little food

Breezy Point could have been mistaken for a Soweto shanty town Sunday as residents picked through the ruins of their homes and used blankets to ward off the cold. Read more: New York Daily News

While fuel is promised, drivers wait hours for gas

As long lines persisted at pumps across the region, government officials and gas station owners in New York and New Jersey said Sunday that the fuel shortage could last for several more days as stations struggled to maintain supplies or reopen after losing power. Read more: New York Times

Most subway service back, but slow go expected monday morning

In the midst of the destruction and rebuilding, reality began to set in Sunday night for New Yorkers who must return to work. Read more: CBS New York

Even with race canceled, marathoners run in Central Park

Never mind the cancellation. Here comes the marathon. Thousands of runners poured into New York City’s Central Park on Sunday morning to do what they had prepared so long to do – put in 26.2 miles. AP/ABC New York

With crane secure, nearly all of west 57th Street reopens

Almost all of West 57th Street is back open now that the boom of a dangling crane in Midtown has been secured. Read more: NY1

On final lap, Romney, Obama focus on key states

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney storm into the final day of their long presidential contest, mounting one last effort to protect their flanks while engaging in the toughest battleground of all – Ohio. Read more: AP

 

Bloomberg endorses Obama for president


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Photo courtesy of the mayor's office

On the heels of the worst storm in the city’s history, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his endorsement of Barack Obama for president citing his leadership in climate change and potential to bridge both parties.

Bloomberg said Hurricane Sandy “brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,”  in an op-ed for Bloomberg View and re-published on his website.

“Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be – given this week’s devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action,” he wrote.

“One sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not. I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”

Bloomberg cited New York’s PlaNYC, which has cut the city’s carbon footprint by 16 percent in the last five years, and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group as examples of local governments making progress where the federal government has not.

The mayor said that as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney had “a history of tackling climate change,” but has since reversed course.

“I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results. In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts,” said Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned Independent.

He said he has found the past four years disappointing and that if the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney ran, he would have received his vote.

Despite his disappointment, Bloomberg said Obama achieved several victories including, Race to the Top, his health care law and women’s rights.

“When I step into the voting booth, I think about the world I want to leave my two daughters, and the values that are required to guide us there. The two parties’ nominees for president offer different visions of where they want to lead America,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor said that the Obama that ran in 2008  as a “pragmatic problem-solver and consensus-builder” devoted little time to developing and sustaining a coalition of centrists as president.

“Presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan both found success while their parties were out of power in Congress — and President Obama can, too,” said Bloomberg. “If he listens to people on both sides of the aisle, and builds the trust of moderates, he can fulfill the hope he inspired four years ago and lead our country toward a better future for my children and yours.”

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 68. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 57. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT of the DAY: Trifecta: Curators’ Choice

This is the last week to see the exhibit Trifecta: Curators’ Choice at the Queens College Art Center. The show is a tribute to the school’s 75th anniversary and features a contemporary viewing of three of the 475 artists presented on campus in the last 25 years. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

State’s top judge christens new CUNY law school building in Long Island City

The state’s top judge has delivered his ruling: CUNY School of Law’s new location in Queens is a boon for the judicial system. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens man placed on no-fly list, stranded for 22 days in Europe

A local man was finally back in New York on Monday night, and remained confused about why he was forbidden from flying home from Europe for more than three weeks. Read more: CBS New York

St. John’s dean burned documents at Queens home as officials raided her office: former student

A former St. John’s University scholarship student testified Monday that disgraced dean Cecilia Chang was burning documents in the fireplace of her Queens home on the day school officials searched her office. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens community urges peace in wake of local terror arrest

Just days after a man from Bangladesh was arrested on terror charges, members of the city’s Bangladeshi community gathered for a rally Sunday calling for peace. Read more: NY1

Obama, Romney pumped for dash to the finish

Their debates now history, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday open a two-week sprint to Election Day powered by adrenaline, a boatload of campaign cash and a determination to reach Nov. 6 with no would-have, should-have regrets in their neck-and-neck fight to the finish. Read more: AP

Apple set to unwrap mini-iPad to take on Amazon, Google

Apple Inc is expected to make its biggest product move on Tuesday since debuting the iPad two years ago, launching a smaller, cheaper tablet into a market staked out by Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc. Read more: Reuters

 

 

 

What Obama and Romney said at the final presidential debate


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More than 17,000 words were spoken during the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton. The words uttered tonight will be dissected in the next two weeks ahead of the election on November 6. The most common words were what you would expect to hear in a debate on foreign policy — except maybe bayonets.

World (said 67 times), military (49), Iran (47), leadership (46), nuclear (39), budget (35) all were among the most stated terms during the 90-minute clash moderated by Bob Schieffer.

But instead of telling you, take a look yourself at the top 250 words you heard over and
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Halloran, Meng polls at odds over 6th District race


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A new poll released by Councilmember Dan Halloran found him and Assemblymember Grace Meng in a virtual tie for the 6th Congressional District seat, though his opponent says a 30 point gap still separates them.

Halloran’s poll, conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found the Republican to be trailing Meng by three points, which is within the poll’s margin of error (5.7 percent).

“The poll confirms that Dan Halloran is on his way to winning this race. Dan won over Democrats in his Council race and he is doing it again in the heart of Queens,” said spokesperson Kevin Ryan. “Voters know that he will fight to create jobs, help small businesses and reduce gas prices.”

Meng’s spokesperson released a statement saying internal polling by the campaign has the assemblymember holding a 51-22 advantage in the district.

“Leave it to Dan Halloran to release a tailor-made poll. This “poll” is nothing more than a desperate attempt on behalf of the Halloran campaign to raise money from its far right, radical Tea Party base of support. Once again, Dan Halloran just makes things up and expects no one to question him,” said Meng spokesperson Austin Finan.

One thing the disparate polls agreed upon was the amount of undecided voters. Halloran’s poll measured the number at 30 percent while Meng’s survey found 27 percent still unsure.

Halloran leads Meng among voters who have heard of both candidates (40-35) and who have an opinion of both (61-33), according to the McLaughlin & Associates poll.

The pollsters concluded that in a district that has voted for Republican in the past including Senator Frank Padavan, Senator Serf Maltese, Rudy Giuliani and Halloran, the councilmember can be victorious.

Further proof given was Mitt Romney’s three point lead over President Barack Obama in the district, according to the poll.

A Siena College survey of the 15th Senate District that includes more conservative portions of the 6th Congressional District found Obama to be leading Romney by three points in early October.

McLaughlin & Associates, a national survey research and strategic services company, currently represents 20 sitting members of Congress all of whom are Republican.

Three hundred voters were surveyed on October 10 and 11 for the poll.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Queens Morning Roundup


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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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