Ragusa Dies After Battle With Leukemia

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa, 74, passed away on Tuesday after a brief battle with leukemia. The Queens GOP sent out a statement on Tuesday, announcing his death. “Chairman Ragusa had dedicated his life to serving his community, the Republican Party and particularly his friends and family. He has […]

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 […]

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 […]