Phil Ragusa

Turner, Ragusa both claim victory to lead Queens GOP
Turner, Ragusa both claim victory to lead Queens GOP
Politics Melissa Chan 10/02/2013 at 11:21AM

The Queens Republican Party civil war is not over, and Phil Ragusa did not reclaim his throne yet, his opponents say. Both Ragusa and former Congressmember Bob Turner have declared themselves winners in the election to head the Queens GOP after a six hour contentious meeting on September 27. According to Party officials, Ragusa won [...]

Republican Arcabascio to run for Borough President
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/17/2013 at 12:36PM

An Astoria technology professional is eyeing a Borough Hall run as a Republican, making the race for borough president a little tighter. Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio confirmed his candidacy and expects to receive county endorsement soon. Arcabascio, who ran his own technology company for 13 years, made his debut in the political world last year when [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

EXCLUSIVE: FBI questioned Queens pols last year over GOP probe
EXCLUSIVE: FBI questioned Queens pols last year over GOP probe
Politics Melissa Chan 4/03/2013 at 2:19PM

Councilmember Eric Ulrich and ex-Congressmember Bob Turner were two of many Queens leaders questioned in the FBI’s probe into the county’s GOP last year, The Courier has learned. “At some point during this investigation, I was questioned by the FBI, as were many other people,” said Ulrich, 28. “I told them what I knew on [...]

Queens GOP head drops lawsuit against new Republican election commissioner
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 2/21/2013 at 3:37PM

Queens County GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa has dropped his lawsuit claiming that the new Queens County Republican Commissioner for the Board of Elections was wrongly appointed, according to a document obtained by the New York Daily News. Ragusa and ousted commissioner Judith Stupp were alleging that Councilman Eric Ulrich and two other members of the Republican [...]

Queens GOP lawsuit claims election commissioner wrongly ousted
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 2/20/2013 at 11:37AM

A recent lawsuit filed by the head of the Queens County GOP, Phil Ragusa, and reportedly funded by Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, alleges that the Board of Elections Queens County Republican Commissioner was wrongly ousted from the position. According to court records, Ragusa, as well as the ousted commissioner, Judith Stupp, are claiming that [...]

$100G missing from Unisphere Inc.
$100G missing from Unisphere Inc.
News Terence M. Cullen 6/21/2012 at 12:45PM

After doing the taxes for Unisphere Inc. — a non-profit conservancy group — since its inception in 2003, accountant Phil Ragusa noticed things were not lining up for 2010. Ragusa said he noticed something was not right in the group’s 2010 taxes when he got them right before Unisphere’s November 2011 filing deadline. He and [...]

GOP pick backs out of race against Assemblymember Ed Braunstein
GOP pick backs out of race against Assemblymember Ed Braunstein
News Melissa Chan 6/07/2012 at 10:43AM

A former GOP hopeful declined to make a run against current Assemblymember Ed Braunstein, despite being backed by the Queens County Republican Party. Malba resident Ralph Cefalo was endorsed by the County to seek election in the 26th Assembly District, but the civic leader ultimately chose not to enter the race after citing personal matters, [...]

Gianaris to face GOP newcomer
Gianaris to face GOP newcomer
News Michael Pantelidis 5/17/2012 at 12:38PM

The Queens GOP has turned to an independent in hopes of unseating Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chair Michael Gianaris in the 12th District. The borough’s Republican Party announced its unanimous endorsement of Aurelio Antonio “Tony” Arcabascio for State Senate on May 5. Arcabascio, a senior level technology professional for 25 years, is also seeking [...]