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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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State Supreme Court Judge Claims NYPD Officer Attacked Him

A State Supreme Court Judge claims that he was attacked by a police officer in Queens Friday night. Thomas Raffaele said he saw a scuffle between two police officers and another man handcuffed on the ground Friday night. Read more: [NY1]

Queens Women On Alert As NYPD Seeks Suspect In Violent Sex Attacks

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for sexual abuse, rape and robbery — all in the Forest Hills section of Queens.  The news has women in the neighborhood on alert. Read more: [1010WINS]

Queens bar installs regulation size basketball half-court 

A Forest Hills watering hole is giving new meaning to the term sports bar. Cobblestones Pub on Queens Blvd. has created a regulation-size half basketball court behind their establishment, raising the bar for what is considered a traditional parlor game. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Woman with blood disorder meets blood donor for first time 

When 37-year-old Radhika Sawh finally met one of the hundreds of anonymous donors who keep her alive, she shed tears for those who had shed blood for her. Read more: [New York Daily News]  

Belmont Stakes Favorite Draws 11th Spot; Strike Threat Averted

There was a gasp among some, but I’ll Have Another’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, seemed happy with the horse’s post position for the Belmont Stakes. I’ll Have Another was on the outside for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. So will a third outside position at post 11 be the key to the 12th Triple Crown racing history? Read more: [NY1]

Queens rivals for Congress duke it out for credit 

The only thing harder than getting something done in Albany is getting credit for it. So after New York State succeeded in making millionaires pay more in taxes, Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s supporters were furious when her rival in the race for Congress, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, sent out a mailing claiming he was “the only one who fought for the Millionaire’s Tax in the Assembly so the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.” Read more: [New York Daily News]

Red Storm Baseball Prepares For Super Regionals

The St. John’s Red Storm baseball team is preparing for a date in the NCAA Super Regionals against Arizona. Watch video: [NY1]

6th District candidates start making the rounds


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Three major democratic primary hopefuls — Assemblymember Grace Meng, Assemblymember Rory Lancman and Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley — recently spoke at the North East Flushing Civic Association's forum. Dr. Robert Mittman fights to remain on the ballot.

A dark horse candidate in the 6th District Congressional race was a long way from succumbing to the political slaughterhouse, but soon-to-be revealed results could mean a one-way ticket to the glue factory.

According to Dr. Robert Mittman — who is considered a longshot out of four democratic primary runners — the State Supreme Court has sent his signatures back to the Board of Elections (BOE) for a recount. A BOE representative said the board has not yet received word from the court and could not confirm.

A hearing  held by the board on May 1 determined Mittman had enough valid signatures to remain on the ballot, but the Bayside allergy specialist was taken to court by opponent Assemblymember Rory Lancman late last week.

According to Mittman, the two attorneys have been in the BOE for two days straight since May 8 going over his 1,200 signatures. Mittman said the two parties would hear results from the court on May 10, after The Courier went to press.

“It’s obvious they’re winning that war because this is a delay tactic,” Mittman said. “The purpose of this is to knock me off. This is a typical political maneuver, which is something I’m not used to. I’m a citizen who has the ideals of the community. But I accept it as it is. I don’t hold it against anybody.”

Mittman encouraged other citizens and non-career politicians to not be intimidated and consider running for office in the future.

“I think it’s very important,” he said. “I think a lot of politicians have lost touch with what is really going on in the community.”

Meanwhile, the three other democratic primary hopefuls — Assemblymember Grace Meng, Assemblymember Rory Lancman and Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley — have been speaking at a series of civic meetings this week to introduce themselves and discuss local and national issues.

At a May 3 forum hosted by the North East Flushing Civic Association, Meng said she was running to address issues surrounding education and zoning, to fight for Social Security and Medicare for seniors, and to improve infrastructure.

Lancman emphasized his mission to “level the playing field for ordinary people” and said, if elected, he would be a “tough critic” on United Nations spending and would work to raise the minimum wage.

Crowley also said she would fight for Social Security and support seniors. She remained adamant on her stance on bringing U.S. troops home, even when an audience member said that ideal clashed with her views on protecting the city from terrorism threats.

A former democratic underdog, Ada Juan Sheng, was bumped off the ballot last week due to a lack of sufficient signatures and was taken to State Supreme Court by Meng. But the Briarwood television producer said she is now seeking sanctions against Meng, who she said has “dragged her reputation through the mud.”

The China Press, Sheng said, relied on court papers and reported that she was accused of fraud. Sheng said because she can’t sue Meng for defamation for allegations made in court papers, she is asking State Supreme Court Justice Jeremy Weinstein to impose sanctions, costs and attorney fees pursuant to court rules.

“[Meng] obviously felt the need to make outrageously false allegations of criminal wrongdoing against me. Many of these allegations constitute misdemeanors and possibly felonies,” Sheng said. “Had she merely alleged that my petition did not have enough valid signatures, I would have gracefully withdrawn.”

Meng’s campaign has garnered $500,000 in just a month-and-a-half. She was recently endorsed by Akhon Samoy, a Queens weekly Bengali language newspaper, while Lancman rolled in boosts from the New American Voters Association, DC 37, DC 1707 and CSEA.

[UPDATE] Election Day 2011


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Queens District Attorney Richard Brown casts his vote this Election Day

[UPDATE]

Only 83 voters have visited the polls at Benjamin Cardozo High School since they opened this morning at 6 a.m, according to poll worker Michele Miller.

The Bayside area high school is open for those wanting to vote for six Supreme Court judges and the District Attorney. There are six candidates under each party for Supreme Court judge and Richard A. Brown is running unopposed for District Attorney.

 

It’s Election Day and Queens voters have three races on the ballot.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown is running for a record sixth consecutive term as county prosecutor. Brown, who will be 79 less than one week after Election Day, is running unopposed with endorsements from his own Democratic Party, as well as Republicans and Conservatives.

Also on the ballot this year, candidate Ruben Wills, a Democrat, is running unchallenged to fill the 28th District City Council seat. Rounding out the election, Queens will fill six state Supreme Court justice seats.

Candidates for State Supreme Court come from across the city. Five of the Democratic candidates are sitting Civil Court judges including Janice A. Taylor of Jamaica; Allan Weiss of Forest Hills; Rudolph E. Greco Jr. of Jackson Heights; Vincent J. Dufficy of Breezy Point and Ira H. Margulis of Oakland Gardens. The sixth Democrat in the race, Pam B. Jackson of Jamaica, is currently a Housing Court judge.

Candidates on the Republican and Conservative side of the ballot include Robert V. Beltrani of Jackson Heights; Gabriel Tapalaga of Middle Village; Joseph F. Kasper of Ozone Park; Kate Christoforatos of the Bronx; Milton Florez of Oakland Gardens; and John f. Casey of Flushing.

Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and information on voting can be found by visiting the Board of Elections web site at www.vote.nyc.us or by calling 866-VOTE-NYC (866-868-3692).