Smith Tops in Legislation

It might not have been a great year overall for embattled State Sen. Malcolm Smith, but he seems to have had a successful session in Albany… Smith, who recently had his trial pushed back so Yiddish conversations could be translated for trial, was among the Top 10 drafters of resolutions adopted by both houses of […]

Mr. Smith Goes Back To Albany

Two days after a mistrial released State Sen. Malcolm Smith from his fraud trial, the veteran politician was back in the chamber, albeit a little more tight-lipped than he’s known to be. According to published reports, Smith had no comment about the mistrial or new trial, scheduled to begin in January, and simply stated “yes” […]

Mistrial Declared For Malcolm Smith

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A mistrial was announced this week in the corruption case against State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), pushing proceedings back until next year. The motion came after the U.S. Attorney’s Office recently disclosed many untranslated Yiddish recordings, which now need to be sifted through. The process would push the trial until […]

‘Baby Vanel’ Looking For Signatures

You never know what kind of email you’ll get during an election cycle. Take, for example, this email from Clyde Vanel, who is looking for assistance in obtaining signatures to get on the ballot to run against State Sen. Malcolm Smith in the 14th State Senate District Primary: “Baby Vanel is praying for your assistance. […]

Halloran’s ‘Induciae’

It’s always humorous when one event randomly relates to ongoing news in Queens. A Queens resident was eliminated from the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition last week for misspelling a word that a troubled former councilman is trying to do in his case. Sai Vishudhi Chandrasekhar, a 12-year-old from Flushing, misspelled the word “Induciae,” which […]

Smith, Halloran Federal Corruption Trial Underway

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The trial for State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former councilman Dan Halloran has begun. The two accused men made their way to the U.S. District Court in White Plains on June 2 to begin their federal corruption trial, a case that has been more than a year in the […]

Smith Looking Ahead

Looks like embattled State Sen. Malcolm Smith has already set aside the dates for his 10th Annual Jump and Ball Basketball Tournament this August. Only problem? Mr. Smith will likely still be on trial in August, if not behind bars. While we here at QConf can’t help but wonder where Smith finds the time to […]

What Will Liu Do?

Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re a well-liked public servant whose last run for office didn’t end well. You still feel like you can contribute to Queens. What do you do? That’s a question a lot of people are asking about former City Comptroller John Liu. And with the Borough gearing up for another Primary season, […]

Friends or Rivals?

    Spotted at the Queens Tribune Black History Month breakfast and panel discussion – embattled State Sen. Malcolm Smith and new Deputy Borough President, Leroy Comrie exchanging laughs. We here at QConf can’t help but wonder if the two were talking about Smith’s upcoming reelection campaign for the Senate seat…the one Comrie is rumored […]