Category Archive: Politics

Feb 27 2014

Dromm To Senator Diaz: Stop Harassing Me!

stopCouncilman Daniel Dromm said he’d been repeatedly bombarded with ‘anti-gay’ emails from Senator Ruben Diaz. The exchange had apparently gotten out of hand and Senate leaders had to intervene to cool things down.

[From The Wall Street Journal] New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm said in letters to Senate Coalition Co-leaders Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos, and Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, that an email newsletter from Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. was “harassing” him.

Mr. Dromm said Mr. Diaz ignored more than 10 requests to stop sending him the senator’s email newsletter, and is intending to “vex” him with views in the emails that Mr. Dromm said are bigoted against gay people.

The letters were reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The online correspondence began in 2010, when an aide to Mr. Diaz asked an aide to Mr. Dromm for the councilman’s email address without explanation, Mr. Dromm said.

The councilman, a Queens Democrat, then began receiving the senator’s newsletter, which is sent from Mr. Diaz’s government email address to an undisclosed group of people.

At the time, Mr. Dromm was part of a coalition of city lawmakers lobbying the state Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage. Mr. Diaz, a Bronx Democrat, was one of the most vocal opponents of same-sex marriage.

State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. said he didn’t want to talk about the emails. Associated Press

It isn’t uncommon for lawmakers to send out regular emails, sharing to-the-point updates on their policy initiatives and whereabouts. Mr. Diaz’s emails are sometimes lengthier missives, in which the senator expounds on topics such as the Bible and personal travails.

A recent email from Mr. Diaz began: “You should know that back in Biblical times, there were two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah.” And it accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of “religious discrimination” against “practicing Catholics.” The comments came in response to Mr. Cuomo’s radio remarks that “extreme conservatives…have no place in New York.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Cuomo declined to comment.

In four letters to Senate leaders—the most recent was sent in January—Mr. Dromm said he couldn’t get off the senator’s email listserv and found the contents of the emails “anti-LGBT.”

“If Senator Diaz is refusing to stop sending me hateful messages, I am concerned he is also refusing to remove constituents,” he wrote.

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Feb 26 2014

Showdown At City Hall

showdown1It was like the showdown at the O.K Corral.

A tall, thin, bespectacled state rep had the unmitigated gall to go into City Hall to try and intimidate the young, brash, independent, and bald-headed council member.

And what was the reason? This state rep continues to be the political panderer extraordinaire that wants to suck up to a mother-and-son lobbying team carrying out their wishes wherever he goes — yet their power continues to diminish.

This twiggy state rep failed to see the writing on the wall. His confrontation fell on deaf ears and the constituency knows what’s going on. No one is giving in. You’ve clearly backed the wrong horse.

Change is coming folks. 


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Feb 26 2014

Avella Says Farewell, Joins Rebel IDC

From True News From Change NYC: Avella joins Albany Rebel IDC Democrats 
Realignment Buzz: Avella’s IDC Move Triggered by Queens Machine Losing Speakers Race. 
Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) is set to announce that he’s joining a dissident group of four Democrats that runs the state chamber with the GOP in an unprecedented bipartisan arrangement. The switch could be a serious blow to the effort by mainline Dems to reclaim control of the Senate in this year’s elections. * Avella moves to I.D.C., and Democrats grimace(Capital) Democrats, who are trying to reclaim control of the Senate in this year’s elections, were quick to criticize the move: “It’s unfortunate that progressive policies continue to be stymied because of divisions created by Senators who choose to empower Republicans,” said Senate Democratic Communications DirectorMike Murphy in a statement early this morning.* @TonyAvella is joining the #nysenate IDC. This will frustrate Democratic attempts to regain control of chamber (NYDN)

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Feb 26 2014

The Definitive Political Apology Poem

You’ve heard them all, or have you?

The folks at Esquire magazine posted a stylized poem containing some of the best political apologies ever made by elects in various stages of disgrace and it’s great. Some of the gems include atonement from: Mark Sanford, Richard Nixon, John Edward, Bill Clinton, John Ensign, Mark Souder, Jim McGreevey, Eric Massa, Chuck Robb, Wayne Hays, Chris Christie, Eliot Spitzer, Newt Gingrich, Anthony Weiner and Larry Craig. Can you guess who said what?

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This was a love story. A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day

I was described as struggling to free myself from the morass

I was honest in every painful detail

There’s nothing going on between us


I do not deserve a woman like her

I do not have any sort of ‘normal’ life

Were there realities from which I was running? Which master was I trying to serve? I do not believe that God tortures any person simply for its own sake

I own this reality


For a period of time in Virginia Beach, I let my guard down

I’m not guilty of anything except for a little damn foolishness

The emotion that I’ve been displaying in private is sad

There is no greater agony

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall

Marianne and I are tired. We need time off to get to know each other again

I was an imperfect messenger

Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe, and then four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday


I have brought a cloud over Idaho



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Photo of the day: T.R Stumping in Forest Hills

Teddy RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt delivering his famed July 4th, 1917 speech from the steps of the Forest Hills Railroad Station. Follow: TheGhostOfQueensPast

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Feb 25 2014

Labate Campaign Questions Integrity of Opponent


Time to take the gloves off.

Stephen Labate (R- North Babylon), a candidate for NY’s 3rd Congressional district, sent out a press release calling attention to the alleged claims of an endorsement made by his opponent, Grant Lally.

Labate, who grew up in Queens and graduated from SJU, has an impressive record of military service, the kind that impresses ethics and accountability in public service, so it’s no surprise to see his campaign bringing this to light.

For those who may not know, CD-3 is in play for Republicans and includes a large swath of Northeast Queens. Stay tuned for more details.


Press Release:


P.O. BOX 6177


Contact:Elizabeth (631) 255-5151

Labate Campaign Raises Serious Concerns About The Integrity of Grant Lally

A senior aide to Stephen Labate for Congress, Jessie Bohman, is calling on Grant Lally to apologize to voters and members of the Conservative Party for his false claim that he has received the endorsement of their Party.

Bohman expressed outrage saying “Lally has been deliberately misleading the public by claiming in his initial press release and at numerous speaking engagements that he has received the official endorsement from the Nassau County Conservative Party. Upon our reaching out to the Conservative Party, we learned there was never an official endorsement. In fact, at a recent meeting of the Nassau County Conservative Party, it was agreed that, as a Party, they should remain neutral.”

According to Bohman, “Mr. Lally has been spreading untruths since coming into the race. This raises serious questions about the validity of any endorsements Lally claims to have.”

Bohman continued, “I’m calling on Mr. Lally to apologize to the members of the Conservative Party and the voters of the 3rd Congressional District for deliberately trying to mislead the public.  Lally’s shady tactics should raise serious questions about his integrity and ability to hold any elected office or position of trust. The voters of the Third Congressional District deserve better from their Congressional candidates and elected officials.”


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Feb 20 2014

Leroy Comrie To Run Against Malcolm Smith?

Senator Comrie?

Senator Comrie?

The race for Malcolm Smith‘s senate seat is heating up.

Despite his federal corruption charges, Smith has defiantly declared his run along with attorneys Munir Avery and Clyde Vanel, but there’s still talk of one more candidate entering the race.

Perhaps one of the most credible democrats from south Queens is Leroy Comrie, a former City Councilman now serving as Deputy Borough President under Melinda Katz.

According to inside sources, Comrie is being urged to make a run by Queens Democrats.

Do they smell blood? Absolutely, Smith is weak. Is it a long shot? Maybe. Can it be done? Certainly. Comrie has more than ample name recognition, the ability to raise money, plus he’s a skilled campaigner and an experienced statesman, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him restore integrity in the wake of Malcolm Smith’s political scandals, or to see why people would want him to do it.

Surely, the deputy borough president is a cushy gig with a nice salary, an office with a view of the remains of a beautiful fountain, even a driver – but this may not be the dream job of a skilled lawmaker.

Leroy Comrie, will you run again?


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Feb 20 2014

Councilman Dromm Battles Tea Party Senator Live

ABC’s Diana Williams had no idea she was about to witness an intergovernmental clash of the titans.

Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) recently debated Senator Greg Ball (R-Brewster) regarding NYC-based municipal issued ID’s to undocumented persons. Senator Ball, Chair of the Homeland Security Committee doesn’t agree with Dromm’s proposal, at all. What ensued was a clash of ideology from both the left and right extremes — at times degenerating into intangible nonsense and threats. Regardless, both elects stuck to their beliefs and threw a few barbs at each other (Dromm’s is the most memorable at the end, you bum). Still, we’re proud of the Councilman for sticking up for Queens and his constituency. Watch it here.

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Feb 18 2014

Steve Israel’s Challenger Has a Lot of Baggage


Grant Lally is not an angel of good government.

Earlier this afternoon we posted a link regarding Congressman Steve Israel’s opponent, Republican Grant Lally, announcing his third bid for Congress. Shortly afterwards, a reader sent us a link to cases of political corruption involving Lally, his questionable campaign disclosures, even a book casting him into history as the recipient of one of the largest penalties ever handed down from the Federal Elections Commission in 1998:

” –$280,000– for receiving more than $300,000 in illegal campaign contributions from his parents for his 1994 primary and general election campaigns, and then lying about it.”

Grant Lally

“The FEC has imposed only two penalties larger than Lally’s civil penalty, to be paid by him and his parents.

“Knowing and willful is the most egregious sin we have, and he admitted to that,” said FEC spokesman Ron Harris.

An aggressive campaigner, Lally challenged Ackerman in 1994 and again in 1996. He accused the incumbent of a number of sins, among them accepting campaign money from organized crime. – AP May, 1998

There was also a mysterious break in to Gary Ackermans Queens campaign office in 1996.

Perhaps most interesting, Lally had a role in the infamous “hanging chad” incident as an election observer in Florida while on George W. Bush’s campaign team.

Fast forward to 2011, Susan Persaud, a New York attorney and an associate at Lally’s law firm, Lally & Misir was arrested and indicted in what the Queens DA called, ‘A massive international ID theft ring’ as a ‘collusive attorney’ in a case that is still pending. Persaud was accused of providing her clients with information about how to conduct their crimes and evade authorities, according to Wired. Persaud, 34, at the time, allegedly received payment for her services in the form of expensive designer shoes.

Were resources from the law firm used? We don’t know for sure. Does it hurt to have a mother who is a NYS judge when there is an investigation? Probably not.

Currently, Grant Lally has been retained in a defense capacity by Vince Tabone who is facing Federal Corruption charges for trying to fix the NYC mayoral nomination

Lastly, to top it all off, Grant Lally is one of these anti-Obama non-pragmatic imbicils that want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which he claims has been a “drag on the economy” and caused premiums to increase, according to an article in Newsday.

“I want to stand up for the people in this area,” Lally said.

There you have it folks, many other news outlets reporting on Lally’s candidacy tend to forget and let facts just slip right by the voters, the truth, however, cannot be swept under the rug for long.

Stay out of Queens Lally.


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Feb 18 2014

Senior Editor of ‘The National Review’ to Visit NE Queens GOP Club

jaynordlinger:::For Immediate Release:::

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.

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Feb 18 2014

Meet Steve Israel’s Challenger

grantlallyRepublican honcho Grant Lally will tackle Congressman Steve Israel for control of CD-3.

From LI Politics:

Grant Lally is the managing partner of Lally & Misir, LLP. A top ranked attorney, Mr. Lally is an experienced practioner with an extensive background in commercial and corporate transactions, federal and state litigation, administrative proceedings, and appellate practice. He has practiced law for over twenty years in the New York metropolitan area, and is also a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Mr. Lally is an expert in legal and media crisis management and has handled many high profile matters, including those involving international jurisdictional conflicts. He has counseled and represented Heads of State, Government Ministers, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and appears regularly on radio and television.

Mr. Lally’s past practice has included successfully representing President George W. Bush before the Miami-Dade and Orange County Boards of Election at the 2000 Florida Recounts; handling numerous complex corporate reorganizations involving multi-jurisdictional assets; recovering priceless stolen art from an international auction house; restructuring of clients’ business affairs to reduce their tax and liability exposure; successfully litigating major elections cases and appeals; representing media groups in domestic and international litigation; handling complex domestic relations, divorce, and custody matters; serving as general counsel to numerous corporations in the health care, media, manufacturing, and hospitality industries; and representing parties in multi-national litigation.

Lally’s partner, Deborah Misir, has filed legal briefs and participated in the most important litigation before the US Supreme Court in 50 years – the Obamacare case.

Mr. Lally graduated with his B.A. with honors from The Johns Hopkins University; his J.D. from Boston University, School of Law; and an LL.M. in International & Comparative Law from Georgetown University, Law Center.

At Lally & Misir, LLP, Mr. Lally specializes in handling complex civil litigation and transactions, including business transactional work, corporate and business litigation, international arbitration and litigation, multi-jurisdictional conflicts including business and divorce proceedings, and the media management of these conflicts and transactions.

Mr. Lally was Founding Chairman of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, Long Island chapter, and served as Founding Chairman of the New York State Republican Lawyers Association. He served on the National Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (1990-2008), and on the Board of the Bay of Pigs Brigade 2506 Museum in Miami (2004-2006). He currently serves as National Co-Chairman of The Irish American Republicans, and serves on the Boards of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, the Plattduetsche Home Society, the Institute for US-Cuba Relations, and the Brehon Law Society of Nassau County. He is a member of the Irish American Bar Association of New York, and the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations.


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Feb 18 2014

Tony Avella: Job Killer


Someone should tell Tony the overdevelopment movement died when the economy died.

Stop trying to kill jobs Tony.

For over sixty years, there have been multiple plans to develop Willets Point and although many have failed, this blighted, toxic waste land is finally scheduled for revitalization that will create much-needed jobs in Queens, but Senator Avella doesn’t want it, he doesn’t care about jobs because he doesn’t need one.

Tony Avella has worked his whole life on the public payroll with do nothing positions with Mayor Dinkins, Senator Stavisky, City Council, and now as State Senator so it’s easy to understand how he doesn’t grasp the need for private sector development and job creation. Because of that, maybe it explains his bizarre crusade to destroy the families of trade union workers? How does Tony Avella think that the operating engineers and carpenters are going to get work without this project? What’s Paul Graziano going to shake his pony tail and all of a sudden the economy is going to get better? Is QueensCrap going to employ 5000 people on her blog? Are the weirdo 2 man civics going to suddenly start fracking on Northern Blvd. and create a thousand jobs? However it comes about, people are still suffering and Tony’s go-it-alone maverick attitude doesn’t seem to help out.

On the surface, it appears that Avella is mad because of incentives given to developers, but the incentives were credible, and the millions that would be pumped into the economy could have went elsewhere – but they chose to invest it here in Queens. That’s the surface; if you dig a little deeper, Tony Avella has morphed into an angry player hater, and he’s all alone. His colleagues know better than to sign on board with his cheap headlines, they won’t go anywhere near him because he’s a terrible politician and everyone knows it. He can’t cooperate with colleagues and he can’t pass anything in legislature – it’s all smoke and mirrors with Tony, you get nothing, just a name you know yet lacking in any political capital to get the job done. His disdain for developers is so profound that he’s willing to let union workers, their families and children become the collateral damage. Obviously joblessness was not one of his considerations.

Does Tony Avella realize that when a union worker is out of work it devastates families? Not everyone has a public check wired into their account every two weeks. Is Tony really that out of touch with New Yorkers that he’s turning the destruction of jobs into his own psychotic vanity project?


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Feb 14 2014

Paul Vallone: Ready To Serve At A Moment’s Notice

Newly elected City Councilman Paul Vallone D-19.

Newly elected City Councilman Paul Vallone D-19.

It’s been little over a month since the new class of City Councilmembers were sworn in and while they’ve had just a short time to acclimate to their new responsibilities and duties, sometimes it’s not so easy getting a fully functioning office up and running ready to serve the community without delay, but newly elected Councilman Paul Vallone has done just that, and he’s ready to serve.

Located on a busy intersection off Bell Blvd. Councilman Vallone’s office held their first open house a few weeks ago inviting the entire community inside to see the progress. Once a dark and aging outcrop, Vallone relied on donations and volunteers, particularly Marsha Khan, Vice-President of the Clinton Democratic Club who helped design an ergonomic office by utilizing every inch of space. It’s truly impressive, yet what’s even more impressive is the work that goes on in here.

Beginning with a trained staff, Vallone hired brilliant advocates from the community that know the people and neighborhoods they are their to serve. Utilizing talent from his brother’s office, Jonathan Szott, now Chief of Staff helped ensure a smooth transition of Vallone’s neighborhood activism into a full service Council office. He’s even appointed local cultural and community liaison to get ears on the ground into every corner of the neighborhood.

In the meantime, while some candidates – even elects – disappear after an election (like his opponent Dennis Saffran who has not been seen since his loss), Vallone has been at every major event in northeast Queens, especially at the commitments he’s made before seeking election. It’s inspiring and hopefully will rub off on his colleagues in City Hall and all candidates to come in the future. Some people say he’s continuing a legacy, but we like to think he’s beginning his own.


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Dec 20 2013

A New Day

Square_IconJust a month after election season and things are just BEGGINING to heat up.

In the past few weeks, we’ve sat back and witnessed the Speaker’s race unfold, a rather dramatic event wrought with vicious political maneuvering and backhanded deals. You’ll see some interesting details in the next few days…

Looking back on the year, Queens-Politics had some really great moments, unforgettable moments in the never-ending quest to increase accountability in public affairs. QP played a significant role in city, state, and federal elections becoming the goto political blog and springboard for journalists and politicos. While not everyone will admit it, the hit counter doesn’t lie nor does my insight reposted word for word and without any credit. At times it’s a bit challenging – after all you don’t make friends when blogging about their political corruption, but that’s just par for the course. In reality it’s more like a badge of honor, a trying time when only those truly committed to serving the people survive.

Queens-Politics first began when a bunch of us came together looking for a new outlet to feature the stories unheard in traditional media. Focusing on accountability, anonymity would be out of the question. Too many people take liberties under the cloak of anonymity, and some of their commentary is just sick and repulsive, but still worth a good chuckle knowing you’ve really shaken things up. At least on QP, you know who the author is and you can contact me. If you want a comment posted, you have to email it and identify yourself, at least to me. And that’s probably why we don’t get many comments, which is perfectly fine. All too often readers will try to pigeon hole a blog’s author as Democrat, Republican, conservative or liberal leaning, and so on and so forth. These folks are a little shortsighted. While the views and editorial focus on QP represent my own insight as a Democrat, let’s not get it confused with pragmatism and increasing accountability in ALL sectors of government and politics.

Anyway, for those of you wondering where I’ve been, I’m still here and the best is yet to come.


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Nov 20 2013

Jukay Hsu, Queens Hero Appointed To De Blasio’s Transition Team

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Jukay Hsu opening the NASDAQ stock exchange in 2013.

Queens-Politics would like to recognize Jukay Hsu, founder of the nonprofit group Coalition for Queens, for being appointed to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s transition team.

Jukay, before his days in community activism, served as a U.S. Army officer where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal while commanding a rifle platoon and later leading economic development and governance initiatives for two Iraqi districts.

Since his time in the service, Jukay has become a voice of change and fresh ideas in NYC. We had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back as he began to advocate for a tech campus in Queens to help foster a ‘Queens Tech’ ecosystem to increase economic opportunity and, in their own words “to transform the world’s most diverse community into a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.”

We would also like to recognize Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s other appointees listed here on the Politicker and commend him for choosing a diverse team that will surely bring the experience and leadership this city needs.


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