John Liu Discusses Tense Senate Race

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer By his own admission, a race for elected office was not something John Liu was considering for 2014. However, he said he saw an opportunity to make a difference in the State Senate. Liu is challenging State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who joined the Independent Democratic Conference earlier this year. […]

The Mayor And The IDC

Back in January, much was reported about a possible rift between Queens County Democrats and the Mayor during Speaker and committee negotiations. Has the Mayor drawn another line in the sand? On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio threw his support behind  Independent Democratic Conference members State Sens. Tony Avella and Jeff Klein in their reelection bids. […]

Avella/Liu State Senate Race Heats Up

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer As the legislative session begins to wrap up and attention turns toward the summer campaign season, one of the biggest races in Queens is starting to escalate. A war of words was exchanged last week between State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and his expected primary opponent, former Comptroller John Liu, […]

Legislators Look To Restructure Library

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Two bills have been introduced into the State Legislature to deal with the recent problems concerning the Queens Library. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona) are sponsoring a bill in their respective chambers that would restructure aspects of the Queens Library, to make sure it cannot […]

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, […]

Focus On Queens, April 17

Queens of Angels Church will host a blood drive in conjunction with Elmhurst Hospital 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 in the Parish Center, 43-18 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside. For information or to make an appointment, call (718) 937-3244. The 110th Precinct Community Council will meet 7 p.m. April 21 at Flanders Field VFW Post […]

Avella Receives Additional Committee Assignments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) recently announced additional committee assignments he received as the newest member of the Independent Democratic Caucus. Effective immediately, Avella has been appointed as a member of the following State Senate Committees: Banks; Codes; Education; Housing, Construction and Community Development; Insurance; Judiciary; Transportation. The Senator was also appointed as the newest […]

Avella Joins IDC

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Another Queens Democrat has jumped ship, switching over to the Independent Democratic Conference. On Wednesday, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced that he would be joining the IDC, boosting its membership to five. Even though Democrats would appear to hold the majority in the chamber, the IDC shares power with […]