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Aug 30 2013

AARP Presents Top Issues For Political Debate


Includes top issues and debate schedule below.

[Press Release] Top Issues for City’s Most Powerful Voting Bloc on Agenda for AARP Queens City Council Debate 

Queens 50+ Voters Concerned About Retirement, Age Discrimination, Safety, Caregivers, Health Care, AARP Survey Finds; Seek Answers From Candidates

QUEENS, New York – With a new survey showing Queens voters age 50 and above have major concerns about key issues facing older city residents – and with voters 50+ expected to account for more than half the electorate in this fall’s elections – candidates for the open 27th City Council District seat will debate the issues at an AARP-sponsored debate next week.

The debate for the seat currently held by Democrat Leroy G. Comrie Jr. will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 5 at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Blvd., Queens, 11451.

The event is one of five City Council debates AARP is sponsoring next week ahead of the primary elections Sept. 10 and general elections Nov. 5 – and following the successful mayoral town hall forum AARP co-sponsored on August 6.

recent AARP survey found about three quarters to four fifths of the 50+ Queens voters surveyed said they’re “extremely” or “very” likely to support candidates who’ll work on:

-          Cutting health care and health insurance costs (82 percent),

-          Supporting New Yorkers who provide care at home for an adult loved one who is ill, frail, elderly or disabled (79 percent),

-          Safeguarding New Yorkers against consumer scams, identify theft or fraud (79 percent),

-          Helping New Yorkers have enough money for a financially secure retirement (80 percent),

-          Ensuring work opportunities for New Yorkers as they age (75 percent),

-          Maintaining safe and independent mobility around town for New Yorkers of all ages (73 percent),

-          Ensuring New Yorkers can afford to stay in their homes  (82 percent)

-        Nearly three quarters of Queens respondents (73 percent) expressed concerns about age discrimination at work, while nearly half (48 percent) said they expect to delay their retirement for financial reasons.

The survey also showed big majorities of Queens 50+ voters think city elected officials should make it their “top” or a “high” priority to work on: 

-          Laws, regulations and policies that support older workers (70 percent),

-          Promoting age friendly living in New York City (72 percent).

-          Strengthening laws and regulations and funding services that support family caregivers (77 percent). In fact, of the 36 percent of Queens 50+ voters who have provided care to an adult relative, friend or spouse who is ill, frail, elderly or has a disability in the past five years, 58 percent said caregiving put a strain on the quality of life for themselves and their family, including financial hardship, emotional stress and stress at work.

“New Yorkers will get a new mayor next year, but many neighborhoods will also get a new City Council representative who will have an important say in the future of the city,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York. “Research shows AARP members will likely make up half the electorate, and our goal through these City Council debates is to ensure the candidates address issues of importance to older New Yorkers – through the campaign and once in office.”

Candidates will answer questions posed by a moderator.

AARP conducted the telephone survey of 1,302 registered city voters age 50 and older, including 309 in Queens, between May 17 and June 30. The total survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percent.

Other AARP-sponsored City Council debates will be held in districts:

- 7, seat currently held by Robert Jackson, D-Manhattan (6:30-8:30 Sept. 4 at City College’s Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Ave., Manhattan, 10031),

- 15, seat currently held by Joel Rivera, D-Bronx (10 a.m.-noon Sept. 4 at Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, N.Y., 10458),

- 34, seat currently held by Diana Reyna, D-Brooklyn (4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at United Methodist Parish In Bushwick, 1139 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, 11221), and,

- 35, seat currently held by Letitia James, WFP-Brooklyn (10 a.m.-Noon Sept. 6, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn, 11217).


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Aug 21 2013


Democratic Donkey[Press Release] KEW GARDENS HILLS, AUGUST 20, 2013, — Orthodox Jewish community leaders from across the city announced that they will be holding a forum for Democratic candidates for Mayor of New York City.

Jewish New York Government Outreach (JNYGO or “Jaynie-Go”) is sponsoring the event on August 28, at 8:00 PM at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, 150-05 70th Road, to give the candidates an opportunity to address issues vital to all New Yorkers in general, and especially matters affecting the city’s Orthodox Jewish voters in particular.

The event was planned by a committee of distinguished Jewish community leaders, from those who have held public office, to senior community activists and heads of respected institutions.

Jewish New York Government Outreach is a project uniting diverse Jewish community leaders from across New York City seeking to engage candidates for elected office on the matters of great concern to the city’s Orthodox communities. For further information, contact Yaakov Serle at (917) 549-6145.


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Jun 25 2013

District 31 Candidate Forum On Sustainability

League of Conservation VotersAn open invitation to voters in South Queens:
Eastern Queens Alliance and The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund would like to invite you to attend the District 31 City Council Candidate Forum on July 11th at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on sustainability issues in Southeastern Queens. Candidates will debate and discuss their views on what should be done about issues such as storm water management, Idlewild Park Preserve, public transit, and many other environmental issues that affect the communities of District 31.
Please RSVP to the link provided below if interested in attending and the flyer of this event is also attached.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ya-Ting Liu, director of the New York City Sustainability Program for the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund at yliu@nylcvef.org, or call at 212-361-6350 ext. 203 
Ly Ho

Ly Ho

Intern, New York City Sustainability Program
New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

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Oct 22 2012

What was the Hofstra debate really like?

Journalists can predict the future?

A savvy journalist pens an insider’s perspective behind presidential debate coverage.

From Queens Chronicle: Consider, for a moment, six hours of unadulterated free time. You’re entitled to a folding chair, an electrical outlet, about three square feet of table space to call your own, and an LG plasma screen TV feeding you footage of two empty chairs in a makeshift town hall.

You’ve spent weeks predicting what would happen when those two chairs are finally occupied. They’re are literally a stone’s throw away in a neighboring building. But thanks to grimacing Secret Service agents and helicopters humming overhead, the chairs might as well be in Siberia.

So, what would you do for six hours?

There’s free food and beer at a Budweiser-sponsored tent outside, and it feels sort of shameful to chow down. But you do. There’s a youthful buzz only the Long Island college campus can produce, but the undergrads are slowly going from exuberant to antsy. They’ll eventually become tired. And bored.

Like you. It’s the second of three presidential debates, this time at Hofstra University. The one the political chattering class claims could cost either candidate the election. It’s a big deal… Right?

Yeah, right. Big deal. It wasn’t, at least not to most of the press present that Tuesday.

Because here’s the deal: some reporters were so bored, frankly jaded despite the beer, campus and all the free time, they decided to write the first draft of history before it even occurred.

Welcome to life as a member of the roving press corps following President Barack Obama and/or Mitt Romney. One of the two men will be the next President on Election Day. But until then, the banality of daily life covering the campaign leads some to create excitement and productivity in little doses. How? Turn the campaign into a guessing game.

Sorry to ruin Oz by pulling back the curtain, but this pre-reporting has existed as long as deadlines and headlines. Especially in the era of mobile news updates and social networking chatter. Being first is often more important than being right — or at least it’s more profitable.

The resulting media frenzy has created a self-fulfilling narrative. So when Obama dismissed Romney by saying, “I don’t look at my pension, it’s not as big as yours,” some reporters stopped typing.

Nothing to add or fix when the guess you made two hours ago was correct. Just lay that quote into the story and send it off to the virtual presses.

“Why would you quote a reporter about any of this?” one said in response to a question about the practice.

The candidates played to the predictions, swinging hard as daily polling numbers showed a dead heat in the states where votes count most. The result? Admittedly one of the most acrimonious debates ever televised. At various points, Obama and Romney were reduced to vying for attention like two antsy Chihuahuas. But boy was it entertaining. Right?

Not if you were a member of the predicta-press, which groaned at times because “rude and feisty” wasn’t in the magic crystal ball that dictated their stories. Others started amping-up their stories with adverbs and bang-zoom-pow descriptors.

Stories were amended and filed. Then came the heady warp zone of “spin alley.”

To understand “spin alley,” imagine politicos of local and national fame floating around like lava lamp orbs in an area about the size of a basketball court while reporters swarm to the most recognizable name.

…. Click here for full story 



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Aug 21 2012

Messer-Stavisky Debate August 29th 7pm

At what might be the most exciting candidates forum in recent history, John Messer and Toby Stavisky will debate at New York Hospital Queens on August 29th.

The forum will be hosted by the Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association and a large turnout is expected, so get there early. Details below:



Candidates Forum – Democratic  Primary

NYS Senate 16th District


Q&A with Media and  Audience


WHO:     Mr.  John Messer and Toby Ann Stavisky       

WHAT:   reporters’ and  audience questions / candidates’ answers  

WHEN:   Wednesday, August 29th, 7pm

WHERE: New York Hospital Queens;  56-45 Main Street; Flushing, NY  11355

                 (follow  lobby signs)

All welcome.  Candidates’ attendance confirmed.


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May 04 2012

Scala Challenges Opponents

Put your dukes up, Scala is ready to debate.

Mike Scala, a candidate for New York’s 5th Congressional District, has issued a challenge to all his opponents and it’s time for the civics and political clubs to walk the walk.

The 2012 election will mark the first time in fourteen years there will be a choice in the Democratic primary, according to Scala.

Scala said he has a vision for the future of the district and he’s yearning to put his ideas up for public scrutiny.

“We may all be Democrats, but we may also have very different plans for the future. For example, I believe funding for education should be restored, essential programs on which everyday people rely should be preserved, and we should be creating instead of cutting jobs. The voters deserve to know how the candidates differ.”

NY-5 now contains southeast Queens, including the entire Rockaway Peninsula, and parts of Nassau County.


Stay tuned to Queens-Politics.com for an official date and time.

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Oct 14 2011

City Hall Report Sparks Revealing Facebook Posts

 An article appearing in City Hall News on Oct. 13th  was the subject of an eccentric online discussion on Facebook regarding  future electoral prospects.

A few notable Queens luminaries took part in the discussion.

 Was it accurate? Was it fair?  

Check out the post by Council Member Peter Vallone in response to the City Hall News article.


















From City Hall News:

The Brothers Vallone Itching To Take On Queens Democratic Machine

Peter, Paul – and Perry?

Three members of the Vallone family, the Queens Democratic political dynasty, are mulling simultaneous runs for office in 2013, according to knowledgeable Queens political sources. And they all could  find themselves in opposition to the Queens Democratic machine.

Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr., who represents a western Queens district, is widely known to be considering a run for Queens borough president. His brother, Paul, ran for the Council in northeast Queens in 2009, and is said to be seriously considering a run again for the seat currently held by Republican Dan Halloran.

Now Perry Vallone, a lesser-known brother who lives in New Jersey and has never run for office before, may be entering the fray.

Perry is considering moving to his brother’s Council district, sources said, in a potential effort to keep the seat in the hands of the same family that has held it since the days of former Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. Currently, Perry works in his father’s lobbying shop across the street from City Hall.

Peter declined to confirm or deny the speculation about his brother running to replace him.

“I haven’t given it a lot of thought yet,” he said. “Figuring out who is going to replace you is kind of like writing your own will.”

Perry did not respond to a request for comment.

Costa Constantinides, a Democratic district leader and aide to Councilman Jim Gennaro who is planning a run for Peter’s seat, said he was ready to take on Perry Vallone or any other challenger who emerged.

“I’m strongly considering my options and if I decide to run, it will be a contest based on who has the best record of helping Astoria,” Constantinides said, referring to Perry’s Jersey roots.

The Vallone family has long had a fraught relationship with leadership of the Queens Democratic Party, ever since the county party did not endorse Peter Vallone, Sr. during his 2001 mayoral run. It’s too early to know who the Queens Democratic Party will back in 2013, but it’s unlikely to be any of the Vallones.

“We’ve run with county backing and without it,” Peter said. “You’d always rather run with it, but clearly we make our own decisions in the Vallone family.”

Peter’s likely run for Queens borough president could pit him against southeast Queens Councilman Leroy Comrie, who is close to the Queens party leadership. Other rumored candidates include State Sen. Jose Peralta and ex-Councilwoman Melinda Katz.

In northeast Queens, Paul Vallone and Jerry Iannece faced off in a 2009 Democratic primary. Iannece got the nod from the Queens Democratic Party, but the two Italian-American candidates split the white vote, allowing Kevin Kim to win the nomination. Kim, in turn, lost to Republican Dan Halloran.

That’s a scenario that Queens Democrats would surely like to avoid in 2013. But Iannece confirmed he is seriously looking at running again. While Paul Vallone did not respond to requests for comment, Peter confirmed his brother’s strong interest in running.

Enough bad blood remains from 2009 that the sides are already taking on-the-record shots at one another.

“Eighteenth time is the charm,” Peter said of Iannece’s several previous runs for office. “I’ve lost count.”

“I really think you should have to earn things and not have them handed to you,” Iannece retorted. “I don’t believe in dynasties.”


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