Pols Blast Greg Ball For Suggesting Municipal ID Cards ‘Empower’ Terrorists

ball Pols Blast Greg Ball For Suggesting Municipal ID Cards Empower Terrorists
State Senator Greg Ball (Photo via Facebook)

Elected officials and Democratic leaders fired back at Republican State Senator Greg Ball after the Hudson Valley lawmaker dubbed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to develop a municipal ID card system the “de Blasio Terrorist Empowerment Act.” Continue reading “Pols Blast Greg Ball For Suggesting Municipal ID Cards ‘Empower’ Terrorists”

Firefighter Union Official Eying José Peralta’s Seat

Richard Alles (center) speaking at a press conference. (Photo: LinkedIn)
Richard Alles (center) speaking at a press conference. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Richard Alles, the legislative director for the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, is mulling a run for State Senator José Peralta’s Queens-based seat.

Mr. Alles, a Jackson Heights resident, confirmed his interest in challenging Mr. Peralta next year.  Continue reading “Firefighter Union Official Eying José Peralta’s Seat”

Melinda Katz’s Endorsement Pile Keeps Growing

Melinda Katz. (photo: melindakatz.com)
Melinda Katz. (photo: melindakatz.com)

The Queens Democratic Party is famously unified, as their endorsement tends to come along with most of the county’s elected officials. For former Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s borough president campaign, which was backed by the Democratic organization last month, this has proven to be the case yet again–with a slew of new endorsements announced today.

Current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez declared their support for the Katz campaign, along with former borough president candidate and State Senator  José Peralta, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook and  Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey.

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José Peralta Dropping Bid for Queens Borough President

State Sen. Jose Peralta.
State Senator José Peralta.

State Senator José Peralta will end his campaign for Queens borough president and endorse former Councilwoman Melinda Katz, a source close to the Peralta campaign told Politicker Friday.

“Senator Peralta made an important contribution to the race for borough president as a tireless advocate for immigrant communities and local economic development and job growth,” said Rep. Joe Crowley, the chair of the Queens Democratic Party, in a statement. “Fortunately, he will continue fighting the good fight in the state Senate and wherever else his insight and determination are needed.  I look forward to continuing to work with him on legislation and projects to help make our communities stronger.”

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Leroy Comrie Considering Dropping Out of Borough Presidents Race

Councilman Leroy Comrie. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Leroy Comrie. (Photo: Facebook)

Councilman Leroy Comrie, once considered a front-runner in the Queens borough presidents race, is “looking at every option,” he told Politicker this morning when asked if he’s planning to drop his bid.

“I’m not prepared to put that out publicly yet, I’m still working on it,” he said during the Memorial Day Parade in the Laurelton neighborhood of Queens.

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Rubén Díaz Claims Bookies Are Taking Bets on Who Will be Indicted in Albany

Senator Díaz. (Photo: NYS Senate)
Senator Díaz. (Photo: NYS Senate)

If you’re a gambling man, you might try guessing which New York politician will be arrested for corruption next.

So wrote State Senator Rubén Díaz in his latest “What You Should Know” missive, where he claims bets are being placed on who in Albany will be the next to be indicted. As corruption charges rock Albany, Mr. Díaz says the state capital is now an “ambulatory casino.” Continue reading “Rubén Díaz Claims Bookies Are Taking Bets on Who Will be Indicted in Albany”

Queens Democratic Party Expected to Endorse Leroy Comrie

comrie Queens Democratic Party Expected to Endorse Leroy Comrie
Leroy Comrie. (Photo: Facebook)

The Queens County Democratic Party is expected to endorse Councilman Leroy Comrie for borough president next week, according to four sources plugged into various sides of the race.

The sources–some of whom were disappointed in the decision–told Politicker that Congressman Joe Crowley, the head of the borough’s Democratic organization, will probably endorse Mr. Comrie to balance his leadership position in one of the most demographically diverse counties in the country. Continue reading “Queens Democratic Party Expected to Endorse Leroy Comrie”