Tag Archive: Rory Lancman

Apr 09 2012

Why Queens-Politics readers Live Better

In 2000 Green Party Candidate Ralph Nader - known in the annals of history as a classic spoiler candidate - siphoned votes from Democratic candidate Al Gore, contributing to the victory of GOP candidate George W. Bush.

“You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry: you will someday.” -American Beauty (1999)

BREAKING NEWS: Jeff Gottleib, a local historian and former tour guide of Forest Hills, is rumored to have thrown his hat into the ring for the 6th CD to split the Jewish vote that presumably would have voted for Rory Lancman.

According to insiders, County is furious with Lancman who turned a deaf ear to explicit instruction not to run. Apparently Lancman didn’t get the message.  Other sources have even suggested that the momentum of his campaign may have scared a few folks looking for an insurance policy for Meng’s victory.

Anyway, Gottlieb founded the Central Queens Historical Association in 1988 and the Queens Jewish Historical Society in 2002, according to the New York Post.

FEC filings are not up yet. However, True News had some interesting background on Gottlieb:

Former Brian Mclaughlin, Hevesi, David Weprin and Morton Povman staffer Jeff Gottlieb expected to enter the race for congress in the Meng district according to political consultant Jay Golub.  Gottlieb will clearly split the Jewish vote with Lanman making county choice Grace Meng a walk in to win.  – True News From Change NYC.


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Apr 03 2012

Community Board Chairman Declares Run for Rory’s Seat

Tenth time is the charm :)

The Chairman of Community Board 11 is ready to take on Lancman’s Assembly seat should the universe fall in order.

From Bayside Patch: Long-time Community  Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece has launched his campaign for the  District 25 Assembly seat.

Iannece, a Bayside Hills Democrat who previously ran for City Council  in 2001  and 2009, said he has  been approached by Queens Democratic leaders about  making a bid for  the assembly.

You can read his full announcement below:

After the urging of numerous local civic and community leaders  and after consulting with his family and friends, long time northeast  Queens Civic Leader and Community Board Chairman Jerry Iannece is  announcing that he is launching an exploratory committee to run for the  newly created open 25th Assembly District seat.

“I am flattered and humbled by the sheer volume of calls from  local elected officials, civic and community leaders and activists who  have all urged me to run for the 25th Assembly seat.

Click here for the full story….

Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/04/community-board-chairman-declares-intention-for-rorys-seat/

Apr 02 2012

Candidates Delighted By Recent Endorsements

Glory days.

The endorsement battle for the sixth Congressional district in Queens is in full swing. Three candidates, Grace Meng, Rory Lancman, and Liz Crowley are traveling throughout Queens making rounds, shaking hands and kissing babies.

This afternoon Grace Meng was endorsed by the Italian American Political Action Committee while Rory Lancman was endorsed by former Mayor Ed Koch.

An announcement ceremony was held at the law office of Vallone & Vallone (whom were recently named as the best law firm in Queens by the Queens Courier) in Flushing. Many elected officials were in attendance to show their support for Meng who described her respect and admiration for the volunteerism and community service demonstrated by the Italian-American people.

Domenic Recchia, Jim Gennaro, Peter Vallone, Paul Vallone, James Lisa, District Leader Mary Ann Dorsa, and Frank Galluscio were just a few of the elects that dropped in to say hello, while an international spectrum of press members scribbled notes and encouraged everyone to smile for the camera.

On the other side of town, former Mayor Ed Koch tapped Rory Lancman as his pick for the open seat based on his advocacy for Israel and Jewish communities.

“It’s a true honor to accept the endorsement of Mayor Ed Koch, someone who has been a tireless advocate for Israel and Jewish communities here in New York,” Lancman said. “Ed Koch understands the special relationship between the United States and Israel– a relationship I will strive to build upon if elected to Congress,” said Lancman.

Last but not least, Liz Crowley, who is rumored to be a spoiler in the race to detract from Lancman’s electoral base, was endorsed by the Uniform Firefighters Association on Thursday in front of Bayside Engine Company 306. Our notice of the event must be lost in the mail.




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Feb 29 2012

Lancman Bill To Deter Fanatical Nazis

Assemblyman Rory Lancman center with Congregation Ohr Natan in Rego Park flanked by Rabbi Nahum Kaziyev, and the archetype for political corruption Toby Stavisky (D-Queens), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Queens), Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) plus members of Congregation Ohr Natan.

Lancman’s new bill will help protect houses of worship by increasing the penalties for hate crimes perpetrated by klansmen and neo-nazis. Ok, on a serious note, if the bill becomes law it should deter criminals from violently expressing religious intolerance while restoring a sense of security to shaken congregations. 

The specifics:

  • Increase the penalty for theft or the intentional damage to a scroll, vessel or any other item used in connection with religious worship in any house of worship, to a maximum of seven years in prison from four by classifying these crimes as third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, both Class D Felonies. Currently, these charges would only apply in cases where items worth more than $3,000 have been stolen, or where items have sustained more than $1,500 in damages.
  • Increase the penalty for theft of any scroll, religious vessel or any other item valued at more than $250 used in connection with religious worship in any house of worship to a maximum of fifteen years in prison from seven by classifying these crimes as second-degree grand larceny, which is a Class C felony.
  • Increase the penalty for any intentional damage to house of worship-owned property to a maximum of four years in prison from one year, by making it a Class E felony. Currently, this penalty applies only where the damage is worth more than $250.


Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/02/lancman-signs-bill-to-punish-nazis/

Feb 10 2012

Lancman Passes First Bill In Congress

The Lancman Law protects American Journalists from foreign libel suits.

He’s just a state Assemblyman, but he’s already making waves in Washington D.C.

Rory Lancman co-authored the Libel Terrorism Bill, which passed the state legislature and now protects journalists who report on terrorism from trumped-up libel lawsuits across the world.

But now the law has been federally enshrined by the Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage Act, otherwise known as the Speech Act and Rory’s help is getting serious recognition in the new book, “You Can’t Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom.”

British Journalists are calling Rory a hero, urging Parliament to take a cue and pass a similar bill. In the meantime Rory is having a little victory dance of his own. This morning on his Facebook, he proudly announced his mention,

“Already passed my 1st bill in congress: “British Journalist Cheers Lancman’s NY Libel Law” http://t.co/FiIxoKIo #NY09


Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/02/lancman-passes-first-bill-in-congress/


Lancman On Peter Koo’s Switcharoo

“I never quite understood why he was a Republican - he’s always such a nice guy, he likes people, he likes the immigrant community,” Assemblyman Rory Lancman joked.


Pols rejoice as Peter Koo formally switches from Republican to Democrat, last Monday morning at the Queens Board of Elections.




Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/01/lancman-on-peter-koos-switcharoo/


Lancman Battles Education Cuts

Lancman steps up to the plate to rescue Beacon programs from doomsday budget cuts.

Assemblyman Lancman writes  to Commissioner Jeanne Mullgrav to express concern regarding the possible elimination of Beacon programs for the youth of his district. Queens-Politics is curious, of all the cuts in all the world, why are critical education and after school programs even considered for the chopping block? Luckily the students and parents of the 25th A.D have Rory as an advocate in their corner. Stay tuned for the follow up.

Statement from Rory Lancman: “The proposed elimination of the Parsons and Samuel Field Beacon after-school programs is very troubling to me and to parents across the district. These programs are not merely childcare services – they are engaging programs that provide educational support and character development for over 2,200 students in the area. Numerous studies demonstrate that after-school programs can improve classroom achievement, test scores, school attendance, student behavior, and can help close the achievement gap. These programs are essential to the success of students in my area, and I urge that neither Beacon be shuttered.”




Permanent link to this article: http://queens-politics.com/2012/01/lancman-fights-cuts-to-beacon-program/

Jan 07 2012

Lancman Vs. Turner: Depends On The Rejigger


Lancman has the gleaming eye for higher office somewhere in Queens. He'll have plenty of support as well.

The Empire: Assemblyman Rory Lancman wanted a shot at the 9th Congressional District during the special election back in September. Since the man Queens party boss Congressman Joe Crowley picked for the seat, Assemblyman David Weprin, lost to Republican Bob Turner, Assemblyman Lancman has kept up a steady stream of criticism of the new congressman, potentially portending a run against him next year.

Today’s critique is over Congressman Turner’s position on gun control (something the city takes very seriously).Or, I suppose, lack there of: Turner, according to the Queens Chronicle, won’t take a position on a bill to strengthen gun background checks.

“Congressman Bob Turner’s troubling position on guns leaves Queens families and New York’s finest vulnerable,” Lancman said in a statement. “It’s extremely unsettling that someone who represents me and my community would put our safety at risk to satisfy the gun lobby.”

Lancman went on to tout his own record on gun control as an Assemblyman, which earned him an “A” from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and an “F” from the National Rifle Association.

While Lancman almost certainly has strong philosophical differences with Turner, and vice versa, whether or not he’ll be able to turn those into campaign fodder will depend entirely on how the Congressional lines are drawn in redistricting.


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Nov 08 2011

Lancman discusses ‘Worldwide Campaign against Israel’

The question of a new anti-Semitism and its relationship to the Israel delegitimization movement will be the subject of a forum at the St. John’s University School of Law in New York, co-hosted by Assemblyman Lancman, the Israeli consulate in New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. eastern time

Assembly Member Rory Lancman’s op-ed  article discusses antisemitism across the world.

A little background: on Monday, swastikas were painted on two public libraries and a synagogue in Elmhurst. Lancman writes the article with this demonstration of hate fresh on his mind. Communities are outraged.

In the op-ed, he discusses antisemitism on a global level.

Posted on  Jpost.com

Anti-Semitism and anti-Israel advocacy

How much of the rising crescendo of worldwide criticism aimed at Israel reflects anti-Semitism? Perhaps not the traditional anti-Semitism of blood libels, global conspiracies and crude personal slurs about greed and dishonest dealings, but anti-Semitism manifested in a new way, with Israel now acting in the role of the despised Jew of old? The question comes at a critical time for both America and Israel. Both countries are being forced to make difficult choices in the months and years ahead on such profound issues as Palestinian statehood and Iran’s nuclear program, in an atmosphere where these choices are framed less by their intrinsic merits than by the metastasizing external, political and economic pressure being applied by anti-Israel advocates.

But if that advocacy is rooted in anti-Semitism—and is exposed as such—then much of its political and economic pressure is stripped of any veneer of legitimacy and drained of its power.

Anti-Israel advocacy has reached extraordinary proportions in both its breadth and zeal, aimed squarely at delegitimizing the Jewish state and denying it the rights, protections and privileges accorded to other nations. There are simultaneous worldwide lawfare and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns being waged to handcuff Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorism, suffocate the country’s economy, deny its citizens free movement and, fundamentally, to offer justification for those who attack Jews and Jewish property.

For Full Article: http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Opinion/Article.aspx?id=244695


Queens Politics wishes this symbol of hate and intolerance will disappear forever. On November 4th, City Council Member Danny Dromm held a rally against bias crimes in front of one of the libraries.

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Pols Celebrate New Bank In Richmond Hill


TDBank is known for it's close connections to the Queens community.

TDBank is known for it's close connections to the Queens community.



Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation emailed us about a new TD Bank that has opened in Richmond Hill. The opening celebration was a smashing success.


Attendees included a host of community leaders including City Council Members Ruben Wills, Leroy Comrie, and State Assembly Member Rory Lancman.



Press Release:

Members of the Richmond Hill community recently celebrated the opening of a new TD Bank branch with an all-day party featuring free food, refreshments, a stilt walker and a steel drum band. One attendee won a $1,000 shopping spree. Located at 119-25 Liberty Ave., the new branch will feature special weekend hours (7:30 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays). The new store manager, Leslie Smith, is third from left in the photo. Other opening attendees included City Council Members Ruben Wills and Leroy Comrie, Richmond Hill Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Vishnu Mahadeo and Queens Economic Development Corporation Director of Neighborhood Services Ricardi Calixte.

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