State Senator James Sanders

Stringer wants to create Sandy Audit Bureau if elected comptroller
Stringer wants to create Sandy Audit Bureau if elected comptroller
Politics Maggie Hayes 8/07/2013 at 12:14PM

Manhattan Borough President and City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer announced a plan to create a Sandy Audit Bureau within the Comptroller’s office if elected. The Sandy unit, a team of “professionals and experts,” would track the incoming $15 billion in federal aid and ensure the post-storm recovery money is spent “wisely and efficiently.” Stringer said [...]

Community wins fight against liquor store near Springfield Gardens school
Community wins fight against liquor store near Springfield Gardens school
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 7/29/2013 at 12:33PM

The southeast Queens community has successfully shut down a proposal to put a liquor store mere steps from Springfield Gardens High School. The shop was set to move into a new building on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from the high school. Councilmember Donovan Richards, State Senator James Sanders and the community rallied [...]

Zimmerman verdict reaction felt from Florida to Queens
News Maggie Hayes 7/16/2013 at 2:13PM

From television to the streets to social media, people all over the nation — and the borough — are reacting to the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The trial against Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin lasted roughly three weeks. In the end, on Saturday, July 13, the defendant was acquitted [...]

Rockaway ferry service extended through Labor Day
South Maggie Hayes 7/03/2013 at 4:27PM

Rockaway residents rejoice: ferry service has now been expanded through to Labor Day. The weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan will continue to operate on its current schedule, now all the way through early September. “Continuing [the ferry’s] operation through Labor Day weekend is critical in addressing transportation needs and an integral [...]

Huntley speaks: Ex-State Senator alleges charges were in retaliation
Huntley speaks: Ex-State Senator alleges charges were in retaliation
Politics Terence M. Cullen 6/25/2013 at 9:58AM

Former State Senator Shirley Huntley says the investigation that led to state charges against her last year stemmed from political decisions she made in Albany. Speaking with political commentator Roy Paul in Springfield Gardens, Huntley — who is set to go to federal prison next month — said State Senator Malcolm Smith tried to have [...]

Robbers allegedly steal parts from Jamaica senior center’s vans
Robbers allegedly steal parts from Jamaica senior center’s vans
Police Maggie Hayes 6/19/2013 at 11:07AM

A senior center robbery has left administrators picking up the pieces. On Wednesday, June 12, an unknown number of thieves made their way to the Robert Couche Senior Center in Jamaica. They allegedly took two catalytic converters from the center’s two vans, which are used for transporting the seniors. Without the converters, which change internal [...]

Op-Ed: On corruption: Silence = Consent
News Op-Ed 5/31/2013 at 1:05PM

BY STATE SENATOR JAMES SANDERS Conventional wisdom says that a politician surrounded by external scandals should be silent or issue pious pronouncements. Conventional wisdom is wrong. One must never be silent in the face of apparent corruption. Silence, sadly, equals consent. I understand that “all have sinned and have fallen short…” and I pray to [...]

Anger over parking rate hikes
Anger over parking rate hikes
Southeast Maggie Hayes 3/20/2013 at 10:49AM

The Department of Transportation (DOT) could be taking extra money out of commuters’ pockets this summer. The organization made a proposal to increase fares up to 233 percent for municipal lots, and residents aren’t looking to pay up. Councilmember Donovan Richards held his term’s first press conference outside one of those lots at the Rosedale [...]

City Council candidates meet in public forums as special election draws closer
City Council candidates meet in public forums as special election draws closer
Politics Maggie Hayes 2/11/2013 at 3:31PM

The race is on, and candidates for the 31st City Council District are sprinting through a series of public forums. “We want to know their vision for the community,” said Dwight Johnson, president of the Federated Blocks of Laurelton. Nine candidates have filed to run for Councilmember-turned-Senator James Sanders’ seat: Jacques Leandre, Michael Duncan, Donovan [...]