Tag Archive: Whitestone

Dec 31 2012

Avella Accepted Money From Companies Dumping in Whitestone Development

Values for sale?

Last week the Times Ledger reported that Barone Management made an unauthorized dumping in a large residential development in Northeast Queens, but what you may not know is that Senator Tony Avella, who denounced the dumping, has quietly accepted thousands of dollars of campaign contributions, according to CFB reports from the imprudent company as well as other entities which took part in the dumping.

Questions remain. Was the material toxic by any means? The Times Ledger reported that an investigation by DEC found that along with clean soil, the companies dumped unapproved material from other construction sites around the city onto the property where 52 single family homes and a water front park are to be constructed.

But so far, the material has not been identified leaving residents concerned and asking where is Tony to speak up about the dumping?

Did Barone Management or the “Secret Investors” or the 151-45 Sixth Road Whitestone Partners Group buy influence through their contributions to Tony Avella? Could this be hush money? Perhaps Tony was too busy seeking higher political offices or had to deliver a speech somewhere when he’s needed the most. We may never know with any degree of certainty. What we do know is that the outspoken Anti-Fracking activist has been very quiet about the ‘incident,’ and is presently sending out letters to the DEC while awaiting the results of a study before he takes action, but so far this hasn’t stopped him from cashing any of their checks.

Typical. In the meantime, many Whitestone residents are beginning to see his hypocrisy. How can he accept money from companies that treat the neighborhood like a garbage dump?

Therefore, and for the sake of the environment and in the name of honest government, we are calling on Senator Tony Avella to return any contributions (both past and present) from Barone Management, the Barone Family and the Sixth Road Whitestone Partners Group immediately.

Any insider will say, you can’t blame Tony for not taking the time to roast the company and bring them to justice when he needs the cash to win the Borough Presidency. But this time, he just can’t afford to walk off the stage. As a career politician looking to advance himself, he’s screwing the people of northeast Queens and leaving an environmental disaster in his wake.

Does money buy political influence? Sure it does. Tony Avella is bad choice for Queens and the environment.

Maybe it’s time we put career politicians like Tony out to pasture.

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Oct 09 2012

Dan Halloran to be honored at a fundraiser for EMC

Chris Slattery, Founder and Director of Expectant Mother Care.

Congressional Candidate Dan Halloran will be honored at a fundraiser for Expectant Mother Care, a pro-life organization offering alternatives to abortion and the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Francis J. Dillon Council No. 5872, a Catholic fraternal order.

“We will be honoring Dan for standing up for religious freedom of speech,” according to Elio Forcina, a legal advisor for EMC and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

“When everyone ran including many elected officials who claimed to Be Catholic Dan was one of the few that stood up for the free speech of the faithful,” said Forcina.

Past honorees include Frank Padavan and Serf Maltese.

Proceeds will be split between EMC and the Sisters of Life. Chris Slattery is the executive director of EMC and widely regarded as a five-star general in the pro-life movement in the United States. Slattery is also a strong opponent of Christine Quinn’s left leaning views citing her attempts to suppress religious free speech.

The Sisters of Life is an advocacy organization in conjunction with the Catholic Bishops of the United States, and leaders of many other religious communities, to help object to the Department of Health and Human Services rule for “preventative services,” and the “compromise” announced by President Obama regarding religious liberty, according to their mission statement.

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Details

Date: October 25th, 2012.

Time: 7PM.

Location: Verdi’s of Whitestone. 149-58 Cross Island Parkway. Whitestone, NY 11357.

Contact: Elio Forcina, Eliony31@yahoo.com.

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Jun 01 2012

GOP hopeful declines to run against Braunstein

For want of a nail the kingdom was lost.

Recently the Queens GOP tapped Ralph Cefalo, a resident of Malba, to run against freshman Assembly member Ed Braunstein, but it’s not going to happen.

“It was all about timing…just look how late in the game the redistricting is,” said Cefalo who refused to be a ‘sacrificial lamb’ just to be the token resistance to another term for Braunstein.

Cefalo cites the lengthy redistricting process and the exclusion of his voting base as the key factor in his decision.  “The areas where I would have been strongest – including Malba and Malba Gardens – are no longer in the district.”

Cefalo also believes there was not enough time to mount an effective campaign time before the lines were finalized.

In the meantime he will be helping Councilman Dan Halloran’s congressional campaign in areas where Halloran is not so strong including Glendale, Middle Village, and Forest Hills.

“I’ll be helping Dan to see what I can do for him,” said Cefalo.

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Ralph Cefalo’s letter:

My Fellow Republicans, after much reflection and discussion with both family and close advisors, I have chosen not to seek election in the 26th Assembly District.   There are a number of reasons for this decision.   Among the reasons is the fact that due to the recently redrawn district lines, come next January my family and I will no longer reside in the 26th Assembly District.   Additionally, the assembly position is not the seat that I initially sought to run for and I feel that at this time it is too late to begin a campaign for the assembly. 

I will continue to support Republican candidates and work with them to achieve success in November.  I firmly believe in the ideals and values of the Republican Party and have been a staunch supporter for the past thirty-five [35] years.  I thank the leadership of the Queens GOP for asking me to run for the assembly.   Most importantly, I thank all those who have faith and confidence in me.   Rest assured that as I have in the past, moving forward I will continue to work for our community.

 

Thank You and May God Bless America

 

Ralph M. Cefalo 

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Mar 30 2012

Forcina Will Rise Again

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The Mayor of Whitestone may rise up to the challenge.

Yea, we were the first to imply that Elio might run against Avella…

“Elio Forcina is thought to be highly regarded amongst Conservatives as well as the Queens GOP. Elio ran for State Assembly District 26 in a Democratic primary as a Conservative Dem, and won nearly every single ED in Whitestone, (a stronghold of sometimes conservative leaning voters). During his grassroots campaign, Elio stuck to his Conservative roots and ran a platform of fiscal responsibility and increasing transparency in Albany.” – From Batter Up: Who Will Challenge Avella In ’12? 

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From City and State: But there are three other Republicans in the mix to take on Avella.

The best-known (relatively) is Elio Forcina, an Italian-American who ran as a Democrat in 2010 for the seat vacated by Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza. He did fairly well among the social conservative, Catholic crowd in northeast Queens and ended up finishing third in a four person field, with 17 percent of the vote.

He has since switched his registration to Republican.

“I’m definitely considering running, but I haven’t made a  final decision yet,” Forcina said. “We’ll see who else is running.”

Read the full story at www.cityandstate.com

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Jan 09 2012

A New Years Brunch In Whitestone…

A lovely brunch was held at the home of Debra Markell, President of Waterside Estates at Cresthaven Homeowners Association, and hosted by State Committeeman Matthew Silverstein (D-26) Markell, respectfully, and Warren Schreiber, the President of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance. Many elected officials were in attendance and over 125 guests had passed through to a warm reception. Pictured above, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Matthew Silverstein, Mary Conaty, Debra Markell Kleiner, Warren Schreiber, and NYS Assemblyman David Weprin.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Matthew Silverstein, Debra Markell and Warren Schreiber.

City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and State Senator Toby Stavisky.

Matthew Silverstein, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Debra Markell Kleinert, and Warren Schreiber.

An annual New Years Brunch was attended by over 125 friends and supporters on Sunday, according to Matthew Silverstein, who hosted the event with Debra Markell and Warren Schreiber. Queens-Politics was invited to the brunch, now in it’s second year (a hearty thank you), however our Editor  had a commitment to volunteer in Auburndale that went into overtime. Looks like big things may be happening…

Pictures courtesy of Matthew Silverstein.

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Dec 01 2011

Who Wears The Crown In Whitestone?

"We're going to get people back to work," said Dan who hit the nail on the head. Many of the attendees felt the crush of a shrinking economy.

A political fundraiser gives an insider’s view of things to come.

Councilman Dan Halloran’s fundraiser at Verdi’s of Whitestone is noteworthy not because of the money raised, but because of the people that came to show support.

Fundraisers are not usually covered by Queens-Politics, but because Dan is my Councilmember and he works on behalf of my friends and neighbors, I felt it was important to inform our readers of what was said here especially if you couldn’t make it.

At the fundraiser I saw many Queens luminaries particularly from our corner of the borough. I had the chance to reconnect with old campaign buddies as well as the owner of Verdi’s who happens to be a good friend of the family. I spoke with Dan’s staff, whom I find to be terrific and professional. A constituent can call up with an issue and they are on it the next day (if not that very hour).

No waiting, no politicking, none of that stuff.

When you need something accomplished for the community, Dan’s office is unmatched. Not everyone may agree, but if you ask me I’ll tell you about the time Dan fast-tracked the installation of a no standing sign in front of my Uncle’s house because motorists were blocking the driveway (he did this almost overnight), or how he’s working on making the city plant a tree in a brown site on my street after my request was lost in bureaucratic red tape.

The most striking moment was when Dan took to the podium. He addressed his detractors, particularly the mainstream media that may not have found his reaming of a business which terrorized local residents appropriate for an elected official. QP thinks otherwise.

Dan chats with Pete Zucarello and a constituent.

Many reporters are new additions to the neighborhood and – more often than not –  have lived west of the Hudson most of their life.  If that’s the case, it’s an uphill battle to get a bead on what’s going on behind the scenes. But that didn’t matter to Dan. He embraced it, even calling attention to his Youtube video that went viral.  “For 10 years my predecessor did nothing,” Dan said and described a two-year period of negotiation with the owner and management of Star Nissan that seemed to go in one ear and out the other.

The people are joyous that someone cares enough to do what it takes even if that means rocking the boat a little.

Dan asked the audience rhetorically, “how do you maintain decorum with what goes on in government?” Everyone seemed to nod in agreement.“We’re all here because it is our hope,” he said and hinted at a run for Assembly or Congress, or a reelection to City Council pending on how the district lines are redrawn.

Elio Forcina was the MC for the evening and he helped organize the event with Mario D’Elia, Philip ZerilloPete Zuccarello, and Dennis Ring. Don Capalbi, President of the Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association was in attendance and so was Dee Richard. Serphin Maltese gave a pep talk, and members of the Bacrarella family were also on hand to show their support.

Frank Padavan was there too. He said Dan would make an excellent Senator. Was it an endorsement? I don’t know.

The audience was a mixture of folks from all political stripes including Democrats, Republicans, and some notable Independents and union members. “It’s not a Democratic or Republican district, it’s a community,” said Dan who was elected on the Republican, Libertarian, Conservative and Independent tickets for which he credits his victory in 2009. A lot of folks tend to overlook that fact.

Vince Tabone, the Executive Director of the Queens Country Republican Party gleamed around the room. He didn’t say hello. I wonder why? Tabone ran against Democrat Ed Braunstein in 2009 for an Assembly seat and lost although I’m not so sure he realized I was the guy with the bullhorn at his poll site. Moving on, Eric Ulrich and Tom Ognibene, who tried to break up the Queens GOP this year were missing in action. That’s a no brainer.

In his closing remarks Mario D’Elia said, “Whitestone has awakened.”

Expect the members of this community to play a significant role when election season heats up.

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Oct 06 2011

Observer Says Chicken McNuggets Likely To Be Thrown At Republican Pol

My City Council Member Dan Halloran, (R-Whitestone) was spotted at the Occupy Wall Street protest in Zucotti Park according to a report in The New York Observer and it wasn’t exactly a warm welcome.

City Council Member says he prefers red meat.

Outnumbered and outgunned, D.H is the man for sticking to his libertarian beliefs in a very liberal protest. I’m sure it wasn’t easy. At least this is the impression I got from the article.

According to the report,

The best Councilman Halloran could do was invoke Ron Paul and hope there were some Libertarians in the audience… -NY Observer

We’re sure that went over really well: Councilman Halloran is lucky to have made it back to the office without being pelted with rotten produce Chicken McNuggets. -NY Observer

The Observer article gave readers the impression that Dan was unwelcome and yelling I don’t believe in anything you people are doing here. We are not exactly sure why the Observer invoked Chicken McNuggets as the reference, Dan has assured me that he was just sticking up for his beliefs in a policy discussion.

Me encanta, Dan.

Dan responds to the Observer:

Dear Editors:

Maybe you should try and get the facts straight once in a while. Your commentary in the article, “City Councilmen Break Out In Spontaneous Debate in Liberty Plaza”, that I was “lucky to have made it out without getting pelted” belies the bias sensationalistic reporting you routinely engage in.

I spent over three and a half hours at Zuccattti Park, talking with dozens of people individually, without incident. Then I gave three impromptu press scrums and engaged dialogues with people and press, including one that included almost 50 of the young folks there. I had a lively and friendly banter with CM’s Rodriguez and Williams, and we had a good time engaging people. Not only was I warmly received but had a series of constructive dialogues. Maybe you should do a better job of fact checking- or look at the dozen or so YouTube and news reel videos where it even shows *gasp* I got applause and cheers..

Liberty doesn’t require us to agree, simply to debate civilly and discuss the issues as rational human beings. That we did and more- many agreed that corporatism is a looming problem, banking deregulation has caused severe damage to the stability of our nation, that government should not be subsidizing private companies and conglomerates, and the Federal Reserve is fundamentally flawed- even discussing Madison and Jefferson’s debates on a National Bank…. so there, liberty republicans and libertarians found common ground with the angst over Wall Street.

I discussed Teddy Roosevelt and Trust/Monopoly busting and the similarity in the modern era created by the big-bank mergers. We also talked about Campaign Finance reform, and voter participation and election involvement as tools to repair some of the damage done in this current disenfranchised age.

Next you took a cheap shot at Ron Paul, who at least has the courage of his convictions and isn’t owned by any corporation or union or other special interest. Over 2000 young people came to Webster Hall last week to listen to him – he is reaching out to the future of our Nation. Does that bother you? As a matter of fact there are dozens of libertarians camped out in the occupy wall street movement – NOT that you bother to report that fact.

In sum, the left-bias you betray in the framing of your last line in the story shows your are less interested in fostering true discussion and dialogue and instead would rather whip up controversy to perpetuate division and the problem of talking past each other – rather than search for solutions.

If no Council Members went there, you’d ask “where were they?” and if a Republican didn’t go you’d say, “see they dont care”…. but a Republican Council member went- one of the first politicians to show up there- so of course, you have to find fault… because, heck, that’s all you can do…

Good job!

 

Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Queens)

 

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Sep 30 2011

Dan Halloran Demands More Busses For School Kids

City Council Member Dan Halloran says to City: Get us more busses.  My illustrious City Council Member, is one of my favorite throughout the Queens delegation. He’ works tirelessly to help community residents especially the weak and vulnerable. I don’t care much for his conservative, libertarian philosophy, Halloran gets an A+ for outstanding work in the community.

Did you know that during this year’s hurricane scare, Dan Halloran was driving around the district reporting to first responders locations of flooding and downed trees? Well, he was. I was following him on Twitter and his office was open for 24 hours. His staff bought their sleeping bags!


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