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. Read More
As the City Council’s growing Progressive Caucus sways the council speaker’s race, insiders are questioning whether their sizable bloc of Queens members will remain loyal to the caucus–or be picked off by their county leaders.
Members of the caucus have pledged to remain unified as they try to crown the city’s second-most powerful leader, even though they have yet to decide which candidate to support. But some wonder whether Queens Democrats–whose bloc vote has made them the most influential force in past speaker’s races–may stand in the way. Read More
The breakaway Democratic caucus in the State Senate is trying to recruit a candidate to unseat Senator Toby Stavisky, a Democrat from Queens, as they seek to strengthen their control of the chamber.
A source with direct knowledge of the Independent Democratic Conference’s plans freely admitted the efforts to Politicker this afternoon. Read More
Martha Flores-Vazquez knows what it’s like to lose an election or two–and now she wants to help others who have gone through the same dreaded experience.
Ms. Flores-Vazquez, a Democratic district leader in Queens who has recently lost races for both the City Council and the State Assembly, is trying to help others cope with the sting of defeat, hosting a series of free one-on-one therapy sessions for wannabe pols who fell short on Election Day. Read More
Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year, declared today he would be crossing party lines to vote for Democrat Paul Vallone to succeed him in the council–a fact celebrated by Mr. Vallone’s GOP rival, Dennis Saffran. Read More
Running in the shadow of an indicted pol of his own party, Dennis Saffran is hoping voters in northeast Queens aren’t souring on the Republican brand in one of the few City Council races the GOP can conceivably win this year. Read More
Joe Lhota stumped last night in an Orthodox Jewish enclave of Queens, more whimsical than prickly in the final days of a long and bitter mayoral campaign. Read More
Democratic State Senator Tony Avella is not ready to back his party’s nominee for the City Council seat he once held.
After a corruption scandal felled GOP Councilman Dan Halloran’s political career, Paul Vallone eked out a victory in his eastern Queens district’s Democratic primary contest last month. But Mr. Avella, who had endorsed another Democrat in the race, has mixed feelings about the matter. Read More