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Sep 10 2014

All Primary Election Results

Full election results are available here, just scroll down to your district:

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Mar 13 2014

Queens Leaders Ready Serve In New Roles

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Peter Vallone Jr.

A good day for Queens.

Former City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and labor leader Rebecca Lynch were selected to once again serve in the halls of government.

Vallone, who was term-limited this year in the Astoria based Council district, will serve in the Cuomo administration as a special assistant to the state’s corrections commissioner, and Rebecca Lynch of Glen Oaks will serve in Mayor de Blasio’s Community Affairs Unit.

Lynch, a former District Leader in northeast Queens, gave up the post this week as her role in the de Blasio administration becomes more clear in time, according to the Politicker.

Role reversal?

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Rebecca Lynch

Both Lynch and Vallone have a long history of community service. Ironically, the former City Councilman will now work with Albany, and the former state party District Leader will now serve inside City Hall.

Congratulations to both and best of luck.

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Aug 29 2012

REYES TO CUOMO: WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE IN ALBANY

Juan Reyes, a breath of fresh air for the Republican Party.

A new hope for good government.

Reyes is calling on Governor Cuomo for ethics reform and points out the impropriety of his opponent Eric Ulrich.

PRESS RELEASE: Citing the growing number of cases of political corruption and abuse of power in the State Capitol, Republican State Senate candidate Juan Reyes of Queens today called for decisive action by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Juan Reyes said “New Yorkers are tired of the never ending scandals coming out of Albany: Brian Mclaughlin, stealing money from little leagues, Malcolm Smith, Hiram Monserrete – misuse of funds and violence, Carl Kruger – bribery, Vito Lopez – sexual harassment, Shirley Huntley – arrested for funneling money, Naomi Rivera probed for misuse of state funds.

Reyes added,

“My own opponent, Eric Ulrich, used convicted felon Richard Hartman to collect many of his nominating petitions, and had another convicted felon, John Haggerty, file those petitions with the Board of Elections. It is as if Ulrich wants to get a head start on Albany by using experienced criminals.”

Reyes continued,

‘”Ulrich’s former chief of staff was also reportedly terminated from a Catholic institution for unknown circumstances. Last year his Chief of Staff was admonished by a Queens Supreme Court Judge for having intentionally deceived Republican voters in what many thought might constitute mail fraud. At least one of his close friends whom he worked with was likewise alleged to have been terminated from a Catholic institution under a cloud.”

Reyes, a former appointee of Mayor Giuliani, continued,

“The Governor has taken some steps to clean up Albany, but we need to go farther. I support the termination of state pension payments for anyone convicted of a felony in relation to his or her official state responsibilities.”

“We also need to put some strict limits on the activities of state legislators,” Reyes added, “starting with a moratorium on any legislative pay raise, and adding term limits for all state constitutional officers, members of the legislature, committee chairmen and legislative floor leaders, including the Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker.”

Reyes noted that “Until a career in the state legislature is seen as a public service, instead of a license to steal, we will continue to be plagued by political corruption.”

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Dec 26 2011

Times Editorial Calls On Leery Fence-sitter

You want me to do what!?

“Mr. Cuomo promised to root out corruption and clean up campaign money. It should top his to-do list for 2012,” according to an opinion piece in the New York Times.

Great suggestions, however, the Times neglected to mention the extravagant, family style dinners where a $23 Pecan-walnut salad is paid for by campaign contributors. So, under the present system, when that pol-to-be comes a knockin’ you might as well entice them with a bottle of fine Irish influence because they’ll just use the money to treat friends and family to a night on the town.

 

This is the wish list compiled by the cunctative daydreamers over at the Times Editorial board.

  • CAMPAIGN SPENDING New York’s law on campaign spending also needs to be overhauled. It is currently so weak that unsuspecting donors end up footing the bill for lawyers, cigars, designer luggage, country club memberships and cars. Joseph Bruno, the former Senate majority leader, once used $1,300 in campaign funds for a pool cover for his indoor pool, arguing that he sometimes had political functions nearby.
  • PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS This is a fundamental reform that can be readily achieved if the state simply copies New York City’s system. This is a nationally recognized, voluntary system that rewards small contributions up to $175 with a 6-to-1 match. In 2009, 37 percent of the private money to candidates came from city donors who gave $250 or less. This approach would create healthier elections by encouraging candidates to seek out more small donors and promote competition among candidates.
  • LOWER CONTRIBUTION LIMITS New York State’s contribution limits should be brought into line with those in other states. New Yorkers can give almost nine times as much money to a statewide candidate as donors in New Jersey, where the limit is $6,800 for statewide races.
  • END THE ‘HOUSEKEEPING’ FARCE There are no limits on what a donor can give to a political party for “housekeeping” to maintain a party’s offices and other “ordinary activities” unconnected to candidates. But nobody in Albany really checks on how this money is used, and it’s not trivial. In 2010, New York’s political parties received $11.4 million in housekeeping contributions.
  • TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT The State Board of Elections needs more enforcement authority. The $500 fine for failing to file a campaign finance report, for example, is a pittance some lawmakers simply ignore. New York needs a strong enforcement team with heftier fines, more on par with those imposed by the Federal Election Commission where failure to file can cost thousands of dollars.
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Dec 08 2011

Egalitarian Bill Moving Forward In Albany, Queens Set For Job Growth

 

New legislation that passed both houses in Albany is being hailed as an early Christmas present for the stagnant state economy.

The new plan includes something to appease everyone from Long Island Republicans to inner city Democrats. Parts of Queens are set to benefit. Below is a statement from the Governor on the initiative even though the actual language of the bill is still under consideration:

”The agreement includes support for a comprehensive New York Works Agenda that will create thousands of jobs with new investments in New York’s infrastructure; passing a fair tax reform plan that achieves the first major restructuring of the tax code in decades, resulting in a tax cut for 4.4 million middle-class New York taxpayers; approving $50 million in additional relief for areas devastated by recent floods; and reducing the MTA payroll tax to provide relief for small businesses.” 

The plan was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which the state Senate passed 55-0 Wednesday night and the Assembly approved 130-8 early Thursday.

The new tax breaks will go to most households with annual earnings of $40,000 to $300,000, or single filers making $20,000 to $150,000 a year.

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