Senate

‘Peace officers’ may be coming to Resorts World Casino
News Maggie Hayes 10/18/2013 at 2:10PM

One pol wants to keep the peace at Resorts World Casino. State Senator Joseph Addabbo has been advancing legislation to create “peace officers” at the casino – security officers who would have the power to make arrests. Currently, the casino has security guards that are not authorized to make arrests. They instead must detain any [...]

Pols push to make mixed martial arts legal in New York
News Terence M. Cullen 4/30/2013 at 5:35PM

A big fight for an increasingly popular sport is underway. Mixed martial arts (MMA) could become legal in New York later this year, but there are still a few jabs advocates have to block. Nine Queens assemblymembers sponsored a bill that would make the sport legal. The bill, sponsored by two legislators from Queens, passed [...]

House approves $50.7B in Sandy aid
House approves $50.7B in Sandy aid
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 1/15/2013 at 7:37PM

Sandy victims are one step closer to receiving the relief money they need. After $9.7 billion in flood insurance funds were signed into law earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an additional $50.7 billion in aid. In a 327-91 vote Tuesday afternoon, January 15, the House approved $17 billion in emergency funding that will [...]

Candidates vie for Sanders’ City Council seat in special election
Candidates vie for Sanders’ City Council seat in special election
Politics Maggie Hayes 1/10/2013 at 5:25PM

A vacant seat has been left in the 31st Council District by James Sanders’ ascent to the State Senate, and more than one candidate hopes to slide into the spot. A special election is set to be held on February 19 for the coveted Council seat, covering parts of Springfield Gardens, Laurelton and Rosedale. The [...]

‘Lincoln’ tops Oscar list with 12 nominations
Entertainment Cristabelle Tumola 1/10/2013 at 12:26PM

The nominations for the 85th annual Oscars were announced this morning in Beverly Hills. Leading the list was “Lincoln” with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Steven Spielberg,  Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones and Best Supporting Actress for Sally Field Other best picture nominees are “Amour,” ”Argo,” ”Beasts of [...]

Congress approves $9.7B in Sandy aid
Congress approves $9.7B in Sandy aid
Politics Cristabelle Tumola 1/04/2013 at 3:20PM

After the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelming passed 9.7 billion in Sandy aid Friday, 354-67, the Senate unanimously approved it later that afternoon. The money will go towards flood insurance claims for Sandy-damaged homes and businesses. A vote on the remaining $51 billion in storm aid will take place January 15. “Belated as the bill [...]

Gillibrand wins full term in Senate
Gillibrand wins full term in Senate
News Billy Rennison 11/07/2012 at 3:37AM

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won re-election in a landslide victory over Republican challenger Wendy Long earning the Democrat her first full term in the Senate. With nearly 96 percent of precincts reporting, Gillibrand secured 72 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. “So while from the bottom of my heart I thank you for the honor and [...]

Live Coverage: Queens Primary Day at the races
Live Coverage: Queens Primary Day at the races
News Queens Courier Staff 9/13/2012 at 12:30PM

7 p.m.  Members of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and officials from the United Federation of Teachers hit the streets today campaigning for Assemblymember Mike Miller in the 38th District. “When an elected official like Mike stands up for his constituents, we hope on election day his constituents stand up for him,” said Dermot Smyth, [...]

Board of Elections bounces hopefuls from ballot
News Melissa Chan 8/13/2012 at 5:34PM

Three northeast Queens assembly hopefuls had their election dreams squashed after the city’s Board of Elections (BOE) tossed them off the primary ballot. Democrat John Scandalios, who was vying to replace Assemblymember Grace Meng in the Flushing-based 40th District, had an insufficient number of signatures and was bumped off the September 13 primary ballot, according [...]

Candidates start slinging mud in 15th Senate District
News Terence M. Cullen 7/10/2012 at 5:02PM

Though the 15th Senate District Republican Primary is still two months away, there has already been heavy campaigning — and a lot of mudslinging. A mailer sent out by the Juan Reyes campaign last month claimed that incumbent councilmember and State Senate hopeful Eric Ulrich was the choice of Republican party insiders. “If the Albany [...]