Grace Meng and John Liu Slam Tony Avella for Joining IDC

State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)
State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)

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. Continue reading “Grace Meng and John Liu Slam Tony Avella for Joining IDC”

John Liu Is Keeping His Political Options Open

John Liu with Congresswoman Grace Meng today.
John Liu with Congresswoman Grace Meng today.

John 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. Continue reading “John Liu Is Keeping His Political Options Open”

City Pols Celebrate CVS Plan to Stop Tobacco Sales

A CVS. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A CVS. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Smoking is out at City Hall.

City politicians took to Twitter today to applaud CVS’s announcement that its stores will no longer sell tobacco after Oct. 1.

“Thanks to @CVS_Extra for taking bold action to improve public health & make vision of a #tobaccofree generation one step closer to reality,” wrote Comptroller Scott Stinger, a longtime anti-smoking activist. Continue reading “City Pols Celebrate CVS Plan to Stop Tobacco Sales”

‘McResolution!’: Elected Officials Help Broker Peace at Flushing McDonald’s

Elected officials assembled for today's press conference: State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim and Congresswoman Grace Meng. (Photo: Mr. Kim's office)
Elected officials assembled for today’s press conference: State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim and Congresswoman Grace Meng. (Photo: Mr. Kim’s office)

This particular beef may finally be over.

Elected officials and Korean-American community leaders gathered today in Flushing, Queens to declare a resolution had been brokered in an escalating battle between local seniors and a McDonald’s. Or, in the words of Assemblyman Ron Kim’s press release: “McResolution!Continue reading “‘McResolution!’: Elected Officials Help Broker Peace at Flushing McDonald’s”

Liu Won’t Deny Congressional Bid Rumors [Update]

John Liu playing stickball during the mayoral campaign.
John Liu playing stickball during the mayoral campaign.

Could John Liu be running for Congress?

The indefatigable ex-comptroller, who ran an unsuccessful bid for mayor, has been the subject of still-undefined rumors that he’s contemplating a primary bid against Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng, a fellow Democrat.

Pressed with repeated phone calls, texts and direct questions asked of his spokesperson through email, Mr. Liu wouldn’t deny his interest.

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Congresswoman Grace Meng Attacked and Robbed Last Night

Congresswoman Grace Meng. (Photo: Getty)
Congresswoman Grace Meng. (Photo: Getty)

Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng was attacked Tuesday night in Washington D.C., her office announced today.

Ms. Meng was hit over her head and robbed of her Gucci handbag, but did not suffer serious injures, according to the account; she was left with a bruise on her chin and underwent a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital. Continue reading “Congresswoman Grace Meng Attacked and Robbed Last Night”

Bill de Blasio Blasts Joe Lhota’s Economic Plan

"Team Flushing" in Queens today.
“Team Flushing” in Queens today.

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio today accused his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, of putting forward a “fiscally irresponsible” plan that would cost the city billions in tax breaks.

Speaking to reporters at a Queens endorsement event, Mr. de Blasio–who is far ahead in the polls–said that Mr. Lhota’s economic plan would bring big benefits to the city’s wealthiest.

Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Blasts Joe Lhota’s Economic Plan”