November 16, 2018

Who is for – and against – the Amazon deal

Source: City & State New York

By Zach Williams

Amazon’s announced move into Queens may have united Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, but that does not mean that all elected officials are on board with using some $3 billion in city and state incentives to lure the online giant to Long Island City.

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November 16, 2018

Taminent Regular Democratic Club Dinner Dance

Source: Queens Gazette

The Taminent Regular Democratic Club held their 87th annual dinner dance celebration on Friday, November 2 at Riccardos’s by the Bridge. The Taminent Regular Democratic Club had a wonderful turnout.

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November 9, 2018

Democrats retake State Senate, Maloney and Epstein win easily

Source: Town & Village

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Local politicians were easily re-elected on Tuesday, with none of the state and federal candidates facing any serious challengers in this year’s midterms.

State Senator Brad Hoylman had the easiest path to victory, not having to face any challenger at all, although many of his fellow Democrats vying to flip seats in the State Senate had much closer races. But enough were successful in their campaigns that Democrats were able to regain a majority for only the third time in the last 50 years.

Some Senate races had still not been called as of Wednesday afternoon but by Tuesday night, at least 32 Senate Democrats had won their races, and Republicans won 21 seats. The win means that Democrats control the State Senate and Assembly as well as the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general.

Incumbent Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney won against Republican Eliot Rabin with 86.2 percent of the vote. Rabin received 12.3 percent of the vote, and Green Party candidate Scott Hutchins got 1.5 percent of the vote. Incumbent Assembly Member Harvey Epstein beat out Juan Pagan of the Reform Party and Republican Bryan Cooper with 87 percent of the vote.

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November 9, 2018

Philhellene U.S. Rep. Maloney’s Statement Following Reelection

Source: The National Herald

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, released the following statement on her successful re-election to represent New York’s 12th Congressional District and the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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November 9, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Push Washington. Will Washington Push Back?

Source: New York Times

By Azi Paybarah

Minutes after starting her acceptance speech on election night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected congresswoman from Queens, was surprised to hear groans.

“Whoa — room turned fast,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez joked.

She, along with everyone in the room, had noticed a news update that had flashed across one of the giant screens above the crowd: Democrats had narrowly lost the Senate race in Texas. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez took quick stock of the mood of the crowd and resumed speaking.

“What we need to do as well, is realize that these short-term losses do not mean we have lost in the long run,” she said.

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November 9, 2018

Carolyn Maloney Wins NY Congressional District 12

Source: Upper East Side Patch

By Brendan Krisel

Residents of New York’s 12th Congressional District took to the polls Tuesday to vote for their representatives in state and federal offices during this year’s midterm election.

Democrat Carolyn Maloney handily defeated Republican challenger Eliot Rabin in a less-than-surprising result, according to New York 1 and the New York Times. Early results show Maloney captured about 86 percent of the vote compared to Rabin’s 11 percent, according to unofficial results as reported by NY1 and the Times.

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November 9, 2018

United Nations postal agency issues special Diwali stamp

Source: Tribune India

India on Wednesday thanked the UN Postal Administration for issuing special postal stamps to commemorate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.

The United Nations Postal Administration issued a special event sheet on October 19 to commemorate the festival of Diwali.

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November 9, 2018

Jeffries, Clarke Introduce Bill To Give Chisholm Congressional Gold Medal

Source: Kings County Politics

By Michael Rock

U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie, Mill Basin, Coney Island, parts of Queens) and Yvette Clarke (D-Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope) yesterday introduced HR 4856, a bipartisan bill that would posthumously award former Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm the nation’s highest honor — the Congressional Gold Medal.

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November 9, 2018

Shirley Chisholm Honored For Service 50 Years Later

Source: Bklyner

By Kadia Goba

Members of the congressional delegation announced Monday, November 5, a bill to honor Shirley Chisholm, who 50 years ago was elected to Congress on this day.

U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries introduced bill H.R. 4856 to award Chisholm, posthumously, the Congressional Gold Medal. Joining him to commemorate the event were Yvette Clarke, Joe Crowley, Carolyn Maloney and Assemblymember Latrice Walker.

Lawmakers made the announcement at 55 Hanson St., a state building downtown Brooklyn named after Chisholm.

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November 9, 2018

Shirley Chisholm deserves congressional gold medal, officials say

Source: AM New York

By Sushmita Roy

Peering from behind her gold-rimmed spectacles stood a woman whose words still echo not just in the Bedford-Stuyvesant Baptist Church where she addressed a cheering crowd of about 500 in 1972, but in the present-day retelling of a history that paved the way for candidates like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud; I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people of America,” Shirley Chisholm said back in the 1970s.

Fifty years later, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Yvette Clarke, along with other elected officials, introduced legislation that would award Chisholm the congressional gold medal — the highest honor that can be conferred by the House of Representatives.

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