Comrie Ready To Run?

While State Sen. Malcolm Smith‘s attorney is asking for his court date to be pushed back until after voters go to the polls, it looks like a prominent Democrat may be stepping up to challenge him in a primary. Sources tell QConf that after being courted by State Democratic leaders, Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie […]

Non-Profit Pushes Tax Credit Awareness

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Jan. 31, elected officials, community partners and residents from western Queens joined a non-profit to recognize Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day and encourage New Yorkers to use free tax prep sites to file their taxes. Last year, Urban Upbound, a community development corporation in Long Island City that […]

Queens Wins With Committee Chairs

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The most strident supporters of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito were rewarded on Wednesday with key committee chair positions, with several Queens council members coming up as big winners. Members of the Council’s Progressive Caucus publicly backed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s choice for Council Speaker, with Queens members breaking away from […]

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 […]

Committee Chairs Found Under the Tree

It seems as though a certain new Mayor has been playing Santa Claus in order to get his preferred City Council Speaker. According to sources close to the situation, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has promised a number of committee leadership posts to City Council members in order to guarantee that Melissa Mark-Viverito is named Speaker […]