After Ragusa’s Death, new Queens GOP Leadership

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer With the passing of Phil Ragusa, the Queens GOP party has a new leader. Robert Beltrani, who was the executive vice chairman and second in command under Ragusa, will take over as the chairman of the Queens Republican party. According to Robert Hornak, the spokesperson for the party, its bylaws […]

Ragusa Will Remain Queens GOP Head

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Phil Ragusa will remain chair of the Queens County Republican Party after the petition against his election was dismissed. According to a court filing obtained by the Queens Tribune, the judge ruled the case against last September’s reorganizational meeting invalid, saying there was not enough evidence to overturn the vote, […]

The GOP’s Uncivil War

Endorsements are a pretty common practice during election season, and the script for these events rarely changes. A group decides on a candidate, they hold an event to announce their endorsement, with plenty of photos and enough press to get the word out. Someone forgot to tell the Queens Republican party and GOP candidate for […]

Queens GOP Leadership Debate Heads To Court

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The first court hearing to decide the Queens GOP Party leadership was heard in court earlier this week. The two sides have gone to court after a dispute over a Sept 27. reorganizational meeting, which saw Republican Leader Phil Ragusa retain the position over former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner. The […]

GOP Split Deepens After Meeting

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The contentious split between Queens County Republicans has become deeper, with allegations of racism and bullying on one side and a court case filed from the other. The latest source of discontent spilled over after the Sept. 27 reorganizational meeting, where longtime Republican leader Phil Ragusa held on to his […]