Sep 17 2014
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Sep 04 2014
Let’s bring it into the 21st century.
There’s a few things New York can do to improve voter turnout, for starters they could put the primary date and time clearly on their website.
Many of us have become very familiar with the New York State Board of Elections homepage, however if you were viewing the page to find out the election date, you’d be lost because the website is directly out of 1999.
In the Mayoral election, voter turnout hit a record low with only 24% of registered voters casting a ballot. That works out to barely over one million of the 4.3 million registered voters in New York City. If this is our measuring stick for the statewide primaries, turnout will be abysmal.
So how do we improve the situation? Let’s start with updating the NYSBOE website to at least post the date CLEARLY on their homepage. See for yourself:
Note, the Primary date wasn’t posted until this week. And when it was, it was tossed into an excel column at the bottom of the page.
This website is outdated, boring, and confusing.
To see a better example, check out the city’s BOE website which posts the election date at the top of the homepage, including the time in five different languages.
We’re not saying that updating a website is going to improve turnout. Same day registration, weekend voting, online voting, there’s a lot that we could do. But honestly, how much money would it cost to redesign the website? Let’s make it a little more visual and interactive. The City did it, why can’t the state?
Sure, we can rely on candidates, NGO’s, and the like, to GOTV, but where is the central hub to connect all voters, to urge and remind them about upcoming elections?
The BOE website is there, that is, if you like to look at artifacts.
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Mar 18 2014
And if you don’t know, now you know.
Following our post about infamous real estate developer Jody Kriss, The Post ran a full story about the beatings, mob ties, threats of whacking people, fake mob personas, plus a lot more in grave detail surrounding this Scorsese-like scandal.
The meat and potatoes? We need to ensure elects and community boards know everything about whom they allow to “develop” in their community before it’s too late.
[From The NYPOST] A Mafia-associate-turned-informant is deathly afraid of an Ivy League-educated business partner who claims the mob rat cheated him on a land deal.
Now, canary Salvatore Lauria has filed a $5 million Manhattan suit claiming his ex-business partner became a wiseguy wannabe in his quest to nail him over the dough.
Seemingly “squeaky-clean’’ Wharton Law School graduate Jody Kriss “used mob tactics’’ — nearly getting him killed — to try to get his half of the $2.5 million payday, Lauria claims in his bombshell civil lawsuit, which was obtained by The Post.
For example, a vengeful Kriss disclosed sealed government information to a famous mob lawyer who represented the very people Lauria informed against, prompting a mob beatdown of Lauria, the court papers say.
In July 2012 a Mafioso “tracked down Lauria in a restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn . . . and beat Lauria in broad daylight, menacingly telling Lauria, “You’re dead. I’m going to kill you. You’re a rat. I did two years because of you,” the suit says.
Kriss, 36, of the Upper West Side, who worked with Lauria at the real-estate conglomerate the Bayrock Group, took on a mob persona, according to the papers.
Russian pals started calling him “Vor-ton,” a play on his alma mater Wharton,’’ the suit says. In Russia, mobsters are referred to as vor-in-laws, or thief-in-laws.
Kriss was so enamored of the criminal underworld that he also “would routinely ask to see Lauria’s court-mandated ankle monitor and referred to it as ‘federal jewelry,’ ” according to the papers.
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Mar 18 2014
Do you love Queens?
The Queens Fellowship is hosting a night of networking and live entertainment featuring an exposé of local artists at Flushing Town Hall. All proceeds for this event will go to support the One Queens Grant for youth organizations in Queens.
* The Queens Fellowship is a partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, One Nation, and The New York Community Trust. It receives consultation from LaGuardia Community College, COPO and CAUSE-NY, the Intergroup Relations & Community Concerns division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
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Feb 18 2014
February 14, 2014
Contact: Kevin J. Ryan
Northeast Queens Republican Club Welcomes Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor at National Review
Who: Northeast Queens Republican Club, National Review Editor and Conservative pundit Jay Nordlinger
What: February general meeting
Where: Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse 202-12 Willets Point Boulevard. Queens, New York 11360
When: Wednesday, February 19 at 8pm
Jay Nordlinger, a Senior Editor at the National Review and nationally known political commentator, will be the NEQRC guest speaker at our February meeting. He writes about a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He is music critic for The New Criterion and City Arts, as well as for NR. For National Review Online, he writes a column called “Impromptus.” He has won awards for his work on human rights, in particular. Some 100 pieces are gathered in Here, There & Everywhere: Collected Writings of Jay Nordlinger. Nordlinger’s most recent book is Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World. A native Michigander, the author lives in New York.
The Northeast Queens Republican Club was founded in 1894 and continues to be the largest, most active Republican Club in Queens. Our diverse membership includes Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians, Conservative Democrats and voters with no party affiliation. The coverage area extends from Jackson Heights to Littleneck, from the Long Island Sound to south of theGrand Central Parkway. Our membership covers a diverse demographic of young to mature voters and various ethnic groups.
Visit our web site: http://northeastqueensgop.com
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Feb 18 2014
I’m the Chapter Lead of Northeast Queens for Action—the local Northeast Queens chapter of Organizing for Action—and I’m writing because I’m trying to do whatever I can to help get my community enrolled in quality, affordable health insurance.
Over the last several months, I’ve been organizing phone banks, canvasses, letter-writing parties, and other events to get in touch with as many people as possible to make sure that they know where, how, and when to enroll in health insurance, if they don’t already have it. The Affordable Care Act ensures that people who used to be vulnerable—What if they got sick suddenly and couldn’t afford the treatment? What if they hit a lifetime limit on coverage? What if they had a preexisting condition?—now can be sure that if they get sick at no fault of their own, they’ll be covered. The ACA ensures that people can get the coverage they deserve at a reasonable cost.
I’m writing to make sure that all of your readers know that to be covered by the end of the year, they need to sign up by March 31st. If you need to sign up for coverage, please visit nystateofhealth.ny.gov or call (855) 355-5777.
Flushing, New York 11358
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Nov 04 2013
Press Release: AARP Analysis: Strong Turnout for 50+ Voters as Group is Poised to Dominate NYC Elections
Assoc. Finds 75% of 50+ Voters Say They’ll Hit the Polls – 80% of Members Likely to Vote
NEW YORK, New York – An AARP analysis flies in the face of predictions of low voter turnout in New York City tomorrow, at least in regards to one group, voters age 50 and older. The voting bloc is a powerhouse in every local, state and national election – and, according to an AARP analysis of New York City voters, tomorrow’s elections will be no different, the predicted numbers, however, may surprise even the most astute of political observers.
Based on a recent survey by the Association, over 75% of 50+ voters in New York City say they’re very to extremely likely hit the polls tomorrow. Of AARP’s 743,000 members in New York City, 80% vote in big races, such as those for Mayor – meaning 594,400 indicate they’ll cast their ballots tomorrow.
“Everyone is pointing to a low turnout across the board; our numbers show the exact opposite for 50+ voters in New York City. There always tends to be some variation between what people say they’ll do on Election Day in a survey, and whether they actually vote – however, one thing is for certain, the 50+ vote and AARP members will be the group that selects the next Mayor, City Council members, Borough Presidents and all other offices on the ballot tomorrow,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York. “While the 50+ vote is a force on Election Day, AARP members within the group are the uber-voter – we expect to see this in New York City tomorrow.”
AARP broke 50+ voter turnout down by borough, with the following reporting they are very to extremely likely to vote in the city wide elections:
AARP members by borough and likely voter turnout:
AARP Members by Borough
Anticipated AARP Member Voting Turnout
|Staten Island: 66,400||53,120|
“We know the top of mind issues 50+ voters are carrying with them to the polls in New York City are those impacting their kitchen table economies,” added Finkel.
According to recent AARP research, 50+ voters in New York City are very concerned about age discrimination, being able to pay their rent and utility bills, and retirement.
For the first time, AARP has brought its massive voter engagement push to local elections in New York City, working to bring key issues to the attention of the Mayoral and City Council candidates in NYC, holding a series of debates, voter engagement efforts, and grassroots activities. The Association will be holding voter engagement activities across New York City tomorrow.
While AARP does not endorse candidates, have a PAC, or give money to campaigns or political parties, the non-partisan membership organization does provide straight-forward information on the issues to 50-plus voters, the media and the general public.
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Nov 01 2013
Rep. Israel, NY State Sen. Avella and NY State Assemblyman Braunstein to Call For Passage of Legislation to Move Election Day to Weekend
Moving Election Day to a more convenient time would increase voter turnout
Bayside, NY— On Monday, November 4 at 11 a.m., Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and New York State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) will call for immediate passage of legislation to move Election Day from the first Tuesday to the weekend after the first Friday in November, thereby making it more convenient for voters and increasing voter turnout. As seen in our most recent election last November, long lines in many polling places kept voters waiting for more than two hours. Voter turnout in the United States has long lagged behind similar democracies around the world. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters actually voted in the United States in the 2012 elections.
Who: Rep. Steve Israel (D – Huntington), New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and New York State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside)
What: Rep. Israel, New York State Senator Tony Avella and New York State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein to call for passage of legislation to move Election Day to the weekend.
When: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Avenue Bayside, NY 11360
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Oct 30 2013
Press Release: OCT 30, 2013
For more information contact: Victor Mimoni 917-282-1934 email@example.com
City Council snubs vets, sets prices
Ignoring pleas to cut young soldiers, sailors and Marines some slack, the New York City Council voted 35 to 10 to make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase tobacco products or accessories in the city.
“This is nanny-state government gone wild,” said Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Bayside) during his argument against the bills that among other things, make anyone with more than two cartons of cigarettes a “retail dealer.” The old limit was 25 cartons. Under existing law, retail cigarette dealers need a city license and if they don’t have one, they are subject to a minimum $250 fine.
The legislation also establishes a “price floor” for cigarettes and little cigars at $10.50 a pack and allows the city’s Health Commissioner to raise the price based on a number of factors. The bills also prohibit the use of coupons or discounts for cigarette sales.
Despite pleas from across the political spectrum, from avowed libertarian Halloran to former Black Panther Charles Barron warning that city shopkeepers would suffer and minority youths were more vulnerable to police scrutiny, some members voting for the bills claimed were “necessary” or “important.”
“Eighteen-year-olds are mature enough to fight and die for their country, mature enough to vote and control their bodies, but my Democrat colleagues are telling them they’re not mature enough to make a decision about smoking,” Halloran said. “We used to worry about a Communist dictatorship. It’s here.”
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Oct 29 2013
Organizing For Action, a nationwide advocacy organization supporting President Obama’s agenda, is holding a Hurricane Sandy Rememberence Event in Averne this evening. The program includes reflections from those who were hit the hardest and discussions on how to prepare for future disasters. Details below.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Arverne Pilgrim Church (Arverne, NY)
74-16 Beach Channel Drive
Arverne, NY 11692
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Sep 01 2013
[From Invite] Join Italian Americans for Joe Lhota in support of our next Mayor this Wednesday evening for great food and conversation about the issues facing our City and our Borough. No, you don’t have to be Italian. Nobody’s perfect!
Date: Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Time: 8:15 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Location: Vivaldi Ristorante 201-10 Cross Island Pkwy, Bayside, New York.
Tickets: $250 per person. *The campaign cordially requests that you RSVP and contribute online to qualify Joe Lhota for matching funds.
Contact: Michalle Makarov RSVP@JoeLhotaForMayor.com, 646-678-4796.
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Aug 22 2013
[Press Release] *Assemblyman Francisco Moya and New York City DREAMers hold Town Hall Event with Reshma Saujani* Queens, NY — Immigrant leaders and undocumented young people will launch DREAMers for Reshma tomorrow in support of Reshma Saujani’s campaign for New York City Public Advocate. The event will feature a video introduction from national DREAM activist Jose Antonio Vargas and a Town Hall forum with Assemblyman Francisco, lead sponsor of the New York State Dream Act, to bring together undocumented New Yorkers to share their stories, ask questions, and learn what the next Public Advocate can do to empower immigrant families.
As Deputy Public Advocate, Reshma partnered with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) to create New York’s DREAM Fellowship to help hardworking undocumented immigrant students go to CUNY. The daughter of immigrant refugees, Reshma has been a national leader on the Dream Act and has made supporting DREAMers a key focus of her campaign for Public Advocate.
WHAT: DREAMers for Reshma Town Hall
WHO: Reshma Saujani, Assemblyman Francisco Moya, Cesar Vargas, NYC DREAMers
WHERE: Jewish Center of Jackson Heights; 3706 77th St, Flushing, NYWHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2-4PM
RSVP: Charlotte Stone; 724-541-4020
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Aug 21 2013
[Press Release] KEW GARDENS HILLS, AUGUST 20, 2013, — Orthodox Jewish community leaders from across the city announced that they will be holding a forum for Democratic candidates for Mayor of New York City.
Jewish New York Government Outreach (JNYGO or “Jaynie-Go”) is sponsoring the event on August 28, at 8:00 PM at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, 150-05 70th Road, to give the candidates an opportunity to address issues vital to all New Yorkers in general, and especially matters affecting the city’s Orthodox Jewish voters in particular.
The event was planned by a committee of distinguished Jewish community leaders, from those who have held public office, to senior community activists and heads of respected institutions.
Jewish New York Government Outreach is a project uniting diverse Jewish community leaders from across New York City seeking to engage candidates for elected office on the matters of great concern to the city’s Orthodox communities. For further information, contact Yaakov Serle at (917) 549-6145.
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Aug 08 2013
PLACE: North Shore Towers, at Towers on the Green, 272-48 Grand Central Parkway, Floral Park, NY, 11005
DATE: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 TIME: 7 p.m. sharp ALL ANNOUNCED CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN INVITED.
MODERATOR: AZI PAYBARAH: Mr. Paybarah is the senior reporter for Capital New York. He has covered New York politics for The New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun and the New York Press. He was named one of City Hall’s “40 under 40″ for being a young influential member of New York City politics.
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Aug 01 2013
You can find Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson in the following locations in Queens.
**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR AUGUST 1-2, 2013**
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: As Part of 24 Hour Campaign Tour, Bill Thompson Campaigns in Queens
NEW YORK, NY— As part of a 24 Hour, citywide tour, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson will campaign in Queens on THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 and FRIDAY, AUGUST 2.
Please RSVP to Dani Lever at 917 710 5811.
WHAT: Campaigns at Roosevelt Avenue Subway Stop with Senator Peralta
WHEN: Thursday, August 1 at 5:00pm
WHERE: Outside Roosevelt Avenue Subway Stop
WHAT: Hosts Laurelton Meet and Greet with Supporters
WHEN: Thursday, August 1 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Linden Seventh-Day Adventist Church
228-20 137th Avenue
(Next door to PS 156)
WHAT: Speaks at Laurelton Forum
WHEN: Thursday, August 1 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Linden Seventh-Day Adventist Church
228-20 137th Avenue
WHAT: Campaigns with Bridge and Tunnel Workers
WHEN: Thursday, August 1 at 10:30pm
WHERE: Outside of Administration Building
10-55 51st Avenue
Long Island City, NY
WHAT: Meets with Livery Cab Drivers
WHEN: Friday, August 2 at 3:50am
WHERE: 101-09 Northern Boulevard
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