Ulrich Good For Veterans

To The Editor: I offer my sincere congratulations to Councilmember Eric Ulrich on his new appointment as the Chairman to the Veterans Committee. It is not just a high profile position, but an opportunity to provide his vetted establishment as an already accomplished legislator to the veteran community throughout the City when it is needed […]

The Plot Thickens

Since we first reported that City Councilmembers were being promised prominent committee chair positions in order to vote a particular way on the Council Speaker race, more news continues to bubble. *While Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s preferred candidate, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, continues to tout her victory, rival Dan Garodnik has kept up a “wait-and-see” approach. […]

Ending the Year Right

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras had a fantastic 2013, both personally and professionally: the East Elmhurst council member who raised her profile with the battles over Willets Point and Flushing Meadows Corona Park also welcomed a new baby boy to her family hours after the polls closed for the September primary. As rumors persist that she will […]

Mark-Viverito A Mistake

To The Editor: As a Vietnam Era Veteran who has been a resident of Queens for 36 years, and prior to that was born and raised in the Bronx, I can’t believe the NYC Council would choose Melissa Mark-Viverito as Council Speaker. A woman that refuses to pledge her allegiance to the country where so […]

Disappointment In Ulrich

To The Editor: I am extremely disappointed with Councilman Eric Ulrich’s support of Melissa Mark-Viverito as she runs for Council Speaker. The fact that he will support such an individual whom has displayed contempt for our national symbol and refused to pledge allegiance to our flag until she decided to run for Speaker is nothing […]

Paul Vallone Ready To Start

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After his victory on Nov. 5, Councilman-elect Paul Vallone hit the ground running, preparing his staff and getting his priorities and goals in order for when he starts to represent District 19 in January. Last week, Vallone sat down with the Queens Tribune to talk about the Bloomberg administration, the […]

Speaker Seat Discussions Heat Up

Speaker Seat Discussions Heat Up

(Clockwise from left) James Vacca, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Dan Garodnick, Jumaane Williams, Jimmy Van Bramer BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer For the first time in 20 years, a Democratic Mayor has the opportunity to play a leading role in selecting a new City Council Speaker. When Bill de Blasio takes office as Mayor in […]