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”

Mayor de Blasio Attends ‘St. Pat’s for All’ Parade After Skipping Rockaways Event

Bill de Blasio marching today in the St. Pat's for All Parade.
Bill de Blasio marching today in the St. Pat’s for All Parade.

In an apparent slip of the tongue, Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he had skipped yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Rockaways because it excluded some groups–even though he had marched in the same event last year.

“My approach has been to embrace parades that are inclusive. And that’s the standard we’re going to hold,” he said today during the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, Queens, when asked why he’d skipped the event Saturday, drawing criticism from some in the Sandy-ravaged neighborhood. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio Attends ‘St. Pat’s for All’ Parade After Skipping Rockaways Event”

De Blasio Weighs In on ‘Deeply Troubling’ Ukraine Situation

Bill de Blasio speaking to reporters at today's parade.
Bill de Blasio speaking to reporters at today’s parade. (Photo: Official Photo/New  York City Mayor’s Office.)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today weighed in on the escalating tensions in the Ukraine, where a standoff with the Russian military has led to a full-blown international crisis.

The new mayor, who seems eager to comment on foreign policy topics, including Israel and sanctions against Iran, sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for his incursion into the Crimean peninsula. Continue reading “De Blasio Weighs In on ‘Deeply Troubling’ Ukraine Situation”

Handful of Protesters Crash Tony Avella Event

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

State Senator Tony Avella met a handful of protesters outside a local school in Queens today, where the lawmaker took flack for his decision to join a breakaway faction of Democrats in Albany.

Mr. Avella, now the fifth member of the Independent Democratic Conference, arrived in Douglaston to give a citation to an elementary school. But four protesters, unfurling signs like “Tony the Traitor,” stood outside the school in the numbing cold to denounce Mr. Avella’s defection from the Democratic caucus.  Continue reading “Handful of Protesters Crash Tony Avella Event”

Google Maps Eliminating Phantom Subway Stop

The mysterious and non-existent "11th Street Cut."
The mysterious and non-existent “11th Street Cut” N station. (Google Maps)

Google will eliminate a phantom subway stop that found its way onto the company’s ubiquitous mapping site, after a Politicker inquiry on the subject.

The current version of the map claims the N train makes a stop just after the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City. According to the map, the “11th Street Cut” is the N train’s first stop in Queens after crossing over from the east side of Manhattan. Its iconic blue “M” puts it several blocks west of the Queensboro Plaza 7/N/Q stop and a block south of the Queensbridge F stop, not far from the neighborhood’s waterfront. Continue reading “Google Maps Eliminating Phantom Subway Stop”

John Messer Mulling Third Bid Against Toby Stavisky

John Messer. (Photo: Facebook)
John Messer. (Photo: Facebook)

Is the third time the charm?

John Messer, an attorney and business owner, may try yet again to unseat Queens State Senator Toby Stavisky, he told Politicker this afternoon. He previously ran unsuccessful challenges against Ms. Stavisky in 2010 and 2012.  Continue reading “John Messer Mulling Third Bid Against Toby Stavisky”