Tag Archive: John Liu

Sep 10 2014

Liu Wants All Votes Counted

Another two years of Avella? Maybe not.

This evening we were over at John Liu’s election night party to hear first hand from the candidate the results of one of the most contentious primary challenges in the entire state.

As of right now, Liu is trailing Avella 5,689 to 6,133 (51.53% vs. 46.97%). However, as of publication, not all the ED’s have been counted nor the absentee ballots, so there’s still a chance Liu may walk away as the victor, albeit a small one.

“Every vote counts, so every vote must be counted.  The voters of our district deserve a full, fair and honest counting of every vote cast to ensure their voices are heard. We are optimistic that once all votes have been counted, we will be victorious,” Liu said in a statement.

The atmosphere of the election party wasn’t overtly optimistic. Despite the best efforts of the campaign, the look on many people’s faces was of uncertainty. Nevertheless, John Liu vowed to press on until all votes are counted.

“Avella really pulled out his base,” said one political insider, “but it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”

 

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Technically he can still pull of a win, we’ll just have to wait a week or so until all the votes are in.

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Sep 05 2014

Many critics should be sending apologies to John Liu, the New York Times did

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Last week, the highly coveted New York Times endorsement was given to John Liu for state Senate in District 11. Tony Avella must have crapped his pants.

This endorsement resonates with people, after all, it’s the liberal paper of record, and they didn’t choose Avella. So what does this really mean?

During the campaign, you might have heard Avella bashing Liu regarding the wrongdoing of people on his campaign. Avella was trying to falsely connect Liu to those charges, but the rhetoric fell flat this week with the endorsement.

The NY Times said despite the fact that two of his campaign associates were convicted, there’s isn’t any evidence that John Liu knew about the campaign activity, so in other words, it never went to the top, and Avella is a liar.

“Those charges did not touch him,” wrote the Times. “But it was troubling nonetheless. Still, he is a supporter of campaign financing reforms and has good ideas about how to save and spend the state’s money.”

The Times cited Liu’s commitment to campaign finance reform and noted that he has “good ideas about how to save and spend the state’s money.” That’s one of the biggest compliments we’ve ever heard and it’s about damn time someone woke up. Liu was treated as if he was the culprit, but he wasn’t, and the NYT agrees.

The New York Times is right. Critics need to apologize to John Liu. He could have been our Mayor, but Liu was denied matching funds, and it destroyed his campaign.

Currently Tony Avella is still trying to pin this on him – filling people’s heads with nonsense in an attempt to cover up his serial campaigning.

But coming from a titan of good government like the Times, the paper of record, that’s quite a serious statement.

Remember this endorsement the next time you hear more dubious accusations from Tony Avella.

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Sep 05 2014

Why has Tony Avella Failed to Deliver?

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We need someone to spur economic growth and he’s out there raising money for his own political causes.

Borough President, Mayor, City Council, take your pic and Tony Avella has run for it.

When Avella was supposed to be working for us, nothing was being done because he was busy running for another political office.

Instead of having someone to fight the corruption, the waste and mismanagement, we can’t find him because he’s busy campaigning outside the district.

When Tony Avella was our councilman, he being honored in Rego Park, Astoria, Jamaica, all because he was running to do “public service” other than what he was elected to do in our community in the first place.

Now most people would be honored to serve the community in state senate, but he keeps looking elsewhere.

Things would be better without Tony Avella — our economy would grow, jobs would come back, but it appears that with Tony Avella in charge politics is all about self-interest and self-interest only.

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Sep 05 2014

Avella Caught in Pay to Play Scandal

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Talk about pay to play politics.

You have to see the light.

Tony Avella pledges 400K to a Co-op that hand delivered a tacit endorsement letter for his campaign to their shareholders.

Glen Oaks Village is a lovely, quaint little co-op in Queens with a tight-knit community governed and administrated by a Board of Directors and an Executive Board. As a co-op, they aren’t supposed to endorse candidates, but that didn’t stop Glen Oaks Village officials from hand delivering what can only be described as an “endorsement of Tony Avella” letter to ALL residents including all shareholders and tenants.

According to the letter, “The Board believes candidates that strongly support co-op housing and take positions that help Board members work effectively and keep costs down should be supported by voters.” The letter goes on to describe how Tony Avella has advocated for the co-op community and it goes on like this.

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You should question the motive behind this letter.

What kind of propaganda mill is Glen Oaks running out there? Are they blazingly ignoring the fact that John Liu did more for co-ops that Tony ever could have with one of his rallies? Or are they being misled by a political insider? As Comptroller, Liu audited property-tax rolls to determine why the values of some co-ops and condos shot up by as much as 147 percent, putting homeowners at risk of huge tax hikes. He never gave up, Liu found the root cause of the problem and advocated for reform. His office actually found flaws in the city’s valuing of properties. “According to the audits, the Finance Department suddenly and drastically upped condo and co-op property values without warning, leading to an uproar over alleged opaque practices. Liu’s audits also accused the DOF of ignoring errors made by a new and allegedly faulty multimillion-dollar computer system. “

That’s more accomplished for co-op owners than Tony Avella ever did. 

But something doesn’t smell right. And that’s because it’s good ol’ fashioned propaganda. The letter goes something to the tune of this: We, the Glen Oaks Village Inc., support candidates that fight for co-ops, Tony Avella fights for co-ops, you should support candidates that support co-ops too.

Well, we got news for you folks, this letter should be written in support of John Liu judging by who’s had a real, tangible impact on resolving tax issues in the co-op community.

Still, it’s very clever and it only cost taxpayers $400,000.

Tony Avella has always belly ached about good government and transparency, but what we have here is pay to play politics, and the scapegoats are the residents of GOV — they are being misled with complete falsehoods. If you listen to this letter, you’ll miss out on voting for the man that actually helped them. Tony’s the real hypocrite, a very smooth charlatan. So what do you say Mr. Avella? Did you buy this letter? We’ll leave the lights on for you.

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Sep 03 2014

What do we really know about Tony Avella?

Remember when Tony Avella had no problem denouncing IE’s last year? Well guess what? He’s a hypocrite.

If you recall back to the Council elections, Tony Avella went on multiple tirades about independent expenditures in a race he had nothing to do with. In fact, he went on multiple tirades against Paul Vallone for independent mailers he did not approve of. So what’s the big deal?

Now the shoe is on the other foot — and all of a sudden — Tony Avella doesn’t seem to mind about independent expenditures, this time he’s been silent. See for yourself with this IE by the New York League of Conservation Voters which graced the door handles of hundreds of Democrats around the district:

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Avella likes IE’s when they support him.

Notice this lovely door hanger with Tony Avella standing next to the duck. What you don’t see is the deception Tony Avella is trying to pull over our eyes.This is the same type of independent expenditure Avella openly and publicly denounced.

So this year is different? Why is it always do as I say, not as I do with Tony Avella? Is it because he’s a dishonest bigot?

No offense to the NYLCV, but don’t they read the news? This is the same type of hypocrisy we’ve witnessed over and over with Tony Avella. His duplicity makes a mockery out of any self-respecting voter. We’ve had enough. Have you?

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Sep 03 2014

Queens-Politics Endorses John Liu for State Senate

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Queens needs John Liu

It’s time to win back Senate District 11. Vote John Liu on Primary Day.

In one of the most contentious primaries in the city, Senate District 11 has seen more than its fair share of coverage, insight, and gossip across every possible medium. We’re almost all famous. Anyway, those of us familiar with the voting public in District 11 know that John Liu is simply loved. Yes, loved. And for good reason. He’s intelligent, charming, and approachable and he would make a perfect fit in Albany.

However, the same cannot be said for his opponent who is known to mean vindictive, and outright nasty — even on the job.

There’s merit to the argument that says you need to be able to politic in politics to get anything done, but Tony Avella is just not that kind of guy. Rather, he’s the guy who takes it too far and would be better off as an environmental activist.

While both Liu and Avella have impressive records — and trust us when we say Tony Avella has a ton of baggage that’s hardly ever mentioned out there — but that’s not the point now, the point is to question who will really serve the district better in Albany, is it the guy who hates everyone or the guy that everyone loves?

It’s not rocket science folks. John Liu wins in this category, not to mention he’s the best Comptroller this city has ever seen, after all he did save the city’s pension funds.

For these reasons, Queens-Politics would like to urge all our readers to pick up the phone and call or text your friends and family in District 11 and tell them to vote for John Liu for state Senate.

The Democratic Primary will be held Tuesday, September 9th. Check your poll site here. District 11 includes the neighborhoods of Auburndale, College PointWhitestoneBaysideLittle NeckDouglastonFloral Park, Beechhurst, Malba, parts of Jamaica, Oakland Gardens, Glen Oaks, and Flushing.

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Mar 19 2014

Race to replace Avella gets more interesting

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John Liu’s name recognition is strong, if not stronger than Tony Avella in District 11.

The future is unwritten, or is it?

Since his recent betrayal of the Democratic Party left him alone in the woods, everyone is wondering who will rise to the occasion and primary “maverick” state Sen. Tony Avella?

With all the hypotheses circulating around town we’ve all managed to miss one little thing: With every possible candidate in north Queens comfortable and safe in their seats, there’s only one viable candidate that has enough political clout and name recognition to battle the 800 pound gorilla that is Tony Avella.

That candidate is none other than John Liu, the only candidate with nothing to lose.

With Liu’s recent endorsement of Grace Meng, Congress was out of the question and Peter Koo easily won reelection, so a Council run won’t happen, at least not for another four years. And since no incumbent in their right mind wants to risk losing their seat to take on Tony, what’s left? Where will Liu run? Everyone knows Liu is a natural leader destined to run again, so how about where he lives in SD 11?

Could it happen? While whites are a majority in the district, Liu’s name recognition could overcome the tribal nature of politics in Queens; where people tend to vote according to race. But this is not a general election, and Joe voter on the street (who love Tony unabashedly) won’t be showing up for a primary, county supporters will. If it comes to pass, the low turnout primary will be a bare knuckle, door-to-door marathon not an endorsement and fundraising sprint. Tony will have to get enough boots on the ground and run the ultimate pull operation to have a fighting chance against a strong County-backed candidate like John Liu.

Reality will soon set in when Avella’s traditional support network will not be there for him. This matchup could split labor forces as well, further diminishing Tony’s chances. In this scenario, Liu could win. And While the hunt to replace Avella may end with John Liu  (the only candidate that could beat him) it’s also Liu’s best option right now.

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Mar 18 2014

Email From John Liu: Reform The CFB

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It’s not about politics, it’s about equality under the law.

The bottom line?

An email from LiuNewYork explains the real meaning behind Liu’s federal lawsuit against the CFB for denying matching funds during his bid for Mayor.

“Bottom line: it’s about free speech and equal treatment, and the inalienable rights thereof.”

While the lawsuit is yet to be heard, the principle behind the suit will at the very least force us to examine the inner workings of the CFB and shed some light on where we need reform.

The email includes links to recent clips highlighting his position and can be viewed below:

Dear Friend,

John Liu has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Campaign Finance Board, for violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, in their outrageous, wholesale denial of all matching funds for John’s campaign for mayor. Unbridled control leads to fundamentally disparate treatment across cases, and that’s just not right.

Bottom line: it’s about free speech and equal treatment, and the inalienable rights thereof. Take a look at some of the news reports…


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “The ghost of John Liu – Playing politics by a non-partisan board” - 3/18/2014
EXCERPTS – John Liu was mugged by the Campaign Finance Board.

New York City’s system of public financing for political campaigns is often cited as a model that enhances democracy. Not so for John Liu, and now he is properly seeking redress in federal court.

Suddenly, only five weeks before last year’s Democratic mayoral primary, the Campaign Finance Board disqualified the then-city controller from receiving the taxpayer subsidies that were crucial to his shot at City Hall.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “John Liu Files Federal Lawsuit Against Campaign Finance Board” - 3/12/2014
EXCERPT – According to the lawsuit, which Mr. Liu announced at a news conference on Wednesday, the board delivered his campaign a “death sentence” when it decided in August not to give him any matching funds. The lawsuit alleges the board based its decision on a “shoddy investigation” and that its treatment of Mr. Liu was “wholly arbitrary and without rational basis.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “John Liu Sues Campaign Finance Board For Denying Him Funds” - 3/12/2014
EXCERPTS – The former City Controller charges in the suit, filed Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court, that the board unconstitutionally took away his $3.8 million in campaign cash over possible improprieties in his fundraising operations.

“This agency is in dire need of reform. It is at best rife with whim and caprice, and at worst tainted politically,” Liu said, charging the city’s campaign system has been “adulterated by some out of control bureaucrats.”

“I’m not looking for a re-do of the election. The election’s long past, and I’m past that,” he said. “This isn’t about me or my election of my campaign. This is about a system that I believe in for the good of democracy here in New York City. But it’s broken and it needs to be fixed.”

NY1 Online: “Liu Discusses Lawsuit Against City Campaign Finance Board” - 3/14/2014
NY1 VIDEO: Former City Comptroller John Liu joined Inside City Hall to discuss his lawsuit against the city Campaign Finance Board for denying him matching funds during his bid for City Hall last year.

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Mar 12 2014

Liu sues Campaign Finance Board over matching funds

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He’s fighting back.

In a federal lawsuit, former Comptroller John Liu says he “suffered extreme mental and emotional anguish, along with dignity harms, resulting from being unfairly and unwarrantedly accused of wrongdoing.”

The lawsuit also alleges that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg improperly appointed Rose Gill Hearn as the board’s new chairwoman.

Stay tuned for more details.

[From The WSJ] John Liu, a former New York City comptroller who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last year, accused the city Campaign Finance Board in a federal lawsuit of unlawfully denying his campaign millions of dollars in public matching funds.

According to the lawsuit, which Mr. Liu announced at a news conference on Wednesday, the board delivered his campaign a “death sentence” when it decided in August not to give him any matching funds. The lawsuit alleges the board based its decision on a “shoddy investigation” and that its treatment of Mr. Liu was “wholly arbitrary and without rational basis.”

The lawsuit alleges Mr. Liu “suffered extreme mental and emotional anguish, along with dignity harms, resulting from being unfairly and unwarrantedly accused of wrongdoing.”

“The board’s decision led to incalculable damage to Liu’s professional reputation and earning potential,” the suit alleges.

In May, a federal jury convicted Mr. Liu’s former campaign treasurer, Jia “Jenny” Hou of various charges involving campaign finance fraud. She was later sentenced to 10 months in prison and is in the process of appealing her conviction. Mr. Liu was never charged in the case.

Amy Loprest, the board’s executive director, responded to the lawsuit in an email: “Over 25 years and seven mayoral elections, the board’s oversight has always been tough, but fair. It protects taxpayers, and ensures campaigns that receive funds are playing by the rules.”

Under the city’s public-funding system, candidates may receive $6 in taxpayer funds for each of the first $175 donated by a city resident, for a maximum of $1,050 in public funds per contributor. Mr. Liu could have received a maximum of $3.53 million in the Democratic primary.

In the September primary, Mr. Liu won 7% of the vote, coming in fourth place among the five major candidates.

Mr. Liu’s lawsuit also alleges that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his final days at City Hall last year, improperly appointed Rose Gill Hearn as the board’s new chairwoman. According to the City Charter, the mayor has the authority to appoint the board’s leader following consultation with the speaker of the City Council.

For full article: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014/03/12/john-liu-files-federal-lawsuit-against-campaign-finance-board/

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Mar 03 2014

Grace Meng ‘Disappointed’ With Tony Avella

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What does it mean when the nicest person in politics is suddenly calling you out?

You’ve been a bad boy Tony.

At her campaign announcement, Grace Meng said how deeply disappointed she was with Avella’s switch to the IDC.

This means a little more than at first glance: Meng is an optimist known for her sincerity, warmth, and candor to everyone – even her political enemies – which comes in part from longstanding roots in her hometown district and an old school sense of respect. Grace gives a mother’s touch to everything, sort of like the district’s ever-watchful matriarch, always reluctant to scold you in public, so when she  spoke of her feelings during a press conference about Tony Avella and his IDC debacle (an old colleague mind you), we couldn’t help but feel like our mother just gave us that look of REAL disappointment.

John Liu wasn’t happy about Tony either, but it’s Grace’s comments we should be mindful of, no matter how delicate.

[From The Politicker] State Senator Tony Avella’s decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference is irking ex-Comptroller John Liu and Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Mr. Liu and Ms. Meng–who like Mr. Avella, are Democrats hailing from northeast Queens–criticized Mr. Avella when asked about about his recent move to join the breakaway conference Democrats governing the State Senate with the Republican Party.

“It’s disappointing to say the very least,” Ms. Meng told Politicker at an unrelated press conference. “I think the Democrats, especially the Democratic senators, have worked very hard on issues that not only affect Democrats throughout the state, but affect everyone, all working families. And so I was disappointed at the very least.”

Full article: http://politicker.com/2014/03/grace-meng-and-john-liu-slam-tony-avella-for-joining-idc/

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Mar 03 2014

John Liu: Congress still an option

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It ain’t over till it’s over.

John Liu, hometown hero, antes up and denies widespread rumors of a challenge to Congresswoman Grace Meng in NY6, even offering his endorsement to the beloved incumbent in his hometown.

Despite the endorsement, rumors are still floating about Liu gunning for Congresswoman Nydia Velazaquez’s seat, a fact he doesn’t deny, so it still seems a run for Congress (where you only have to be a resident of the state to run in a district) is still an option for Liu.

[From The PolitickerJohn Liu still won’t rule out another try for elected office. 

The ex-comptroller and mayoral candidate refused to swat down rumors that he is mulling a bid against Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, even as he put another batch of rumors to rest by endorsing his own congresswoman, Grace Meng, for re-election.

“Let met me just say that rumors are rumors and I’m not in the business of denying nor confirming rumors. So I’ll leave it at that,” Mr. Liu told reporters at the endorsement press conference today. “Obviously we have a capable incumbent in the 7th District [Ms. Velázquez's district] as we do in other districts that rumors have been floated about me.”

When Politicker asked if Mr. Liu would rule out a congressional bid of any kind–he was also rumored to be mulling a challenge against Ms. Meng before he endorsed her today–Mr. Liu played coy. 

For full article: http://politicker.com/2014/03/john-liu-is-keeping-his-political-options-open/

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Sep 06 2013

Final Thoughts: GOTV Weekend Edition

Once more unto the breach, dear friends… -Henry V

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Me and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

It’s certainly been an adventure so far in this electoral season to say the least. As the candidates gear up for one last push to consolidate their voting blocs, Queens-Politics continues to ponder the possibilities that Tuesday’s Primary results will present us with.

So without further adieu, here are my suggestions to help guide you through this process. 

Hailing from North Queens, I’ve kept a watchful eye on the developments in Council District 19 because it’s important to me, it’s home. The real race comes down between two candidates: community activist Paul Vallone, whom I fully support, and a trained operative and spin doctor named Austin Shafran. This weekend, Shafran will be making his final push to concentrate the Jewish voting bloc by emphasizing his Jewish heritage – sort of ironic for a man who graduated St. Francis Prep and was married in a Catholic church, but I digress. Did I mention Shafran received money from special interests yet held a press conference to denounce such contributions and outside spending?

He’s really worried Vallone is going to win this thing, and I can’t blame him. Despite the misleading blog headlines, Vallone ran a completely positive campaign. Sure, this statement will certainly raise eyebrows on the blogs (which have apparently aligned themselves against Vallone and for lobbyist Paul Graziano) but the whole Jobs For NY issue was NOT connected to his campaign, after all that’s illegal. The powers that be behind the real estate backed PAC independently sent mailers which offended the delicate sensibilities of candidates who obviously could not handle the heat in the kitchen to face the truth about themselves: you can’t have a seedy past and expect to come up smelling like roses. Ignoring these issues is a disservice to the electorate. In politics your record will be challenged and sometimes it’s just not pretty. I believe it’s all part of the vetting process and definitely not for the feint of heart. I’ve faced it myself despite not running for public office and I took it all in stride. If I can do it, so can they. But never in my life have I witnessed such two-faced bigotry from questionable candidates who have fallen to the wayside and become desperate for a headline.  And it got even worse on TV. On the NY1 debate, to which everyone of Vallone’s opponents united against him in attack mode, all I saw was a bunch of insecure politicians that ganged up on the frontrunner and showed the public one thing: Paul Vallone will be the very best candidate for the 19th City Council district. 

As for Queens Borough President, it’s well known that I’m supporting Peter Vallone Jr. and as of now – despite not having the County’s endorsement – it looks like he could win, that is, if enough votes are pulled out. Name recognition credit goes to Vallone, as well as his unwavering support of public safety issues. Queens will be a safer place with Peter Vallone as Borough President. Did we mention the NY POST just endorsed him as well as the PBA?

Comptroller? I’m going to go with Eliot Spitzer, and I’ll even go as far as to say he will win Queens just based on name recognition. After all, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has never come around to these parts. No one here has ever heard of him and that’s got to mean something.

Public Advocate? We’ve endorsed Cathy Guerriero. Cathy has also been endorsed by practically every law enforcement union in the city, and for good reason. The office of Public Advocate is not meant to be held by a career politician. The Public Advocate is the city’s chief ombudsman – and we need someone in there who’s outside the scope of politics and unafraid to call people out, cut the red tape and do the job well. Hailing from the outer boroughs, Cathy knows the issues important to Queens. That’s why I chose Cathy and I hope you do too.

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Borough President candidate Peter Vallone Jr. and Bill Thompson.

Now I’ve helped out on elections across NYC and I’ve become quite familiar with poll site politics. Poll workers are political hires. They have allegiance to their District Leaders, whom in turn have their allegiance to the County organization (not all but most). In recent elections, there were instances when newly registered voters were told by poll workers they “accidentally” showed up at the wrong poll site and were redirected (sometimes across town). Upon arriving at the new site, they were told yet again they’re in the wrong place and they simply gave up at that point. And who could blame them? Some of these voters were even mailed the wrong poll site location from the BOE. It certainly has the makings of a conspiracy theory.

In NY politics, voters are easily disenfranchised especially if your recognized as supporting another candidate running against a County candidate at the polls; they just don’t want your vote to count and it’s hard to prove. As voters, our only defense is to be armed with knowledge and insist on an Affidavit ballot to protect our vote and mitigate any political factors that may have come into play at the polling site.

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Me and Comptroller John Liu.

I can’t honestly go on and accurately predict results because this season there’s too many factors and variables to take into consideration which change minute to minute. My only hope is that people like you will take my suggestions on candidates who have proven themselves to be strong advocates for Queens and cast your ballots accordingly. Now, it may be unscientific, but it’s what’s best for our borough (and yet still more scientific than some of the polls I’ve read), which is my guiding philosophy. Ultimately, neither official polls nor unofficial ones can truly say what will happen with certainty this year. However, the unpredictable nature of this primary election has not stopped a seemingly endless array of pundits, wonks, and psychics from bombarding the airwaves with their half-witted predictions. So who will be the predictive champion? Time will tell.

Yes, our posting schedule is quite random but Queens-Politics is here to stay. So check back often for the unfiltered commentary and if you have a tip email info@queens-politics.com. Again, no matter whom you choose, it’s time to get out the vote.

Polls are open from 6 AM – 9 PM.

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Apr 22 2013

Liu Raises Ante Against Casino Proposal

 

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Who will follow suit?

A casino won’t be cashing in their chips if John Liu has anything to say about it.

Democratic Mayoral Candidate John Liu signed onboard the Anti-Willets Point Casino Coalition’s petition to stop the development of a casino at Willets Point, Queens on Sunday.

“I will never support a casino in New York City much less Willets Point,” said Liu, adding, “This community deserves more and we demand more.”

Comptroller Liu, who also served as the area’s city councilman, met with community leaders as well as members of the group to express his support for the petition.

“He is the first Citywide candidate and representative who is supporting this important community issue,” according to the group’s spokesman Michael Olmeda.

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Jan 24 2013

Civics to Host Comptroller John Liu, Assembly members Nily Rozic & Ron Kim

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WHO: John Liu, Nily Rozic, Ron Kim, QH Civic, and University Park Tenants Association.

WHAT: Q and A plus discussion of neighborhood issues. 

WHEN: WednesdayFebruary 6th, 7-9pm.

WHERE: New York Hospital Queens 56-15 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355.

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Dear friends and neighbors,

Happy New Year, one and all!

As you know, our civic seeks to provide you the opportunity to get to know our local and Citywide elected officials in a relaxed, close-to-home setting. And so, we start our year off tremendously with a rescheduled visit from our City’s Comptroller, Flushing’s own John C. Liu, who will discuss local issues here in his own Queens backyard, touch on salient points of his recent State of the City Address, and answer your questions. (Mr. Liu is also expected by many to be making a major announcement right around the date of our upcoming meeting.)

Furthermore, you’ll get to know two newly-elected local NYS Assemblymembers, both brand-new to the political arena. Come meet Assemblymembers Nily Rozic and Ron Kim. You’ll surely be impressed by their youthful energy and exuberance, and their eagerness to serve us to their best abilities. Join us as Nily and Ron begin new careers in elected public office.

Our meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 6th from 7 to 9PM at New York Hospital Queens’ Lang Auditorium; enter the Hospital’s main entrance at 56-45 Main Street. Thanks go to our meeting sponsors: New York Hospital Queens, TD Bank & Zhong Hua Supermarket.

If you haven’t already signed up for current membership in our civic, please return your application to the address printed at the bottom of this letter, or just mail us your name and address. The easiest method, of course, is to email us your info at qhcivic@aol.com, with “Membership” in the subject line. Once again there is no membership fee for the 2012-2013 year due to the generosity of Councilman Peter Koo. Existing members: Please renew now.

We’ll again be marching in Flushing’s Lunar New Year Parade. It’s enormous fun! And the short march around Downtown Flushing helps keep you warm. So please join us! For details, provide us your address and phone number; we’ll get back to you soon. The Parade will start on Union Street & 38th Avenue at 11AM on Saturday, February 16th. Bring the family!

 

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

 

Best regards,

Donald Capalbi, president                               John Henry Byas, president

Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Assn.           University Park Tenants Council

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Oct 08 2012

A Clue To County’s Endorsement For Beep?

Brooklyn has the cannoli man, Queens has the kingmaker.

Melinda Katz is holding a fundraiser at Portofino restaurant in Queens where a high ranking democratic official will make a special appearance.

With the 2013 City Council races already heating up, many are wondering who will get the coveted County Endorsement and it just so happens that none other than political boss Rep. Joe Crowley will be the surprise guest at the fundraiser.

Will Crowley make a surprise endorsement?

Katz, a lobbyist, will be locked in a tough battle for control of Borough Hall with heavyweight opponents including City Councilman Peter Vallone, widely considered the frontrunner, Councilman Leroy Comrie, and State Senator Jose Peralta. Both Peralta and Comrie have considerable ties to the party, so at this point the County endorsement is really a toss up.

Even though Crowley will be attending more fundraisers, as reported by Colin Cambell,  we will venture to guess the the real clue is which fundraiser he doesn’t  attend.

George Arzt, the top former campaign advisor for John Liu, has also confirmed attendance.

Below is the invitation in case you decide to go and if you do, please send us video or audio.

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Please join us as we kick off Melinda Katz’s campaign for Queens Borough President!

With Special Guest Congressman Joe Crowley

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 6PM to 7:30PM

Where: Portofino Ristorante, 109-32 Ascan Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375 

Contribution Levels: Chair: $2,500.00 * Host: $1,000.00 
Sponsor: $500.00 * Patron: $250.00 * Guest: $175.00

To RSVP & Purchase tickets please click here: https://services.myngp.com/ngponlineservices/Event.aspx?Y=FrZ0S4jyDpULauwQdqsVMKXrsKMJk0laBghz%2FcCik8SnrnTS%2FCUDVQ%3D%3D

For more information please contact Katie at (347) 494-0492 or send her an email at Katie@melindakatz.com.

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