Turner, Ragusa both claim victory to lead Queens GOP
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The Queens Republican Party civil war is not over, and Phil Ragusa did not reclaim his throne yet, his opponents say. Both Ragusa and former Congressmember Bob Turner have declared themselves winners in the election to head the Queens GOP after a six hour contentious meeting on September 27. According to Party officials, Ragusa won […]

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Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway
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The first Republican candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to replace federally-indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran. Dennis Saffran, 57, said he is running in the 19th Council District to restore “the tradition of integrity and honesty in government.” The attorney from Douglaston ran for the seat in 2001 and narrowly lost to then-Councilmember Tony […]

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Ex-councilmember Anthony Como replaces indicted Queens GOP vice chair Vince Tabone
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Former Councilmember Anthony Como will become the new executive vice chair of the Queens GOP, replacing indicted attorney Vince Tabone. GOP chair Phil Ragusa confirmed Como would be taking over, saying the former city legislator would be a good fit. “I know Anthony for a long time,” Ragusa said. “He was our City Council candidate […]

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Halloran, Smith enter not guilty pleas
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Two Queens politicians and a borough GOP boss pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, April 23 in a federal case alleging they conspired to rig the mayoral election, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. State Senator Malcolm Smith, Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chair Vincent Tabone face bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud charges. […]

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Leaders call for changing of the guard in Queens GOP
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Former Republican Councilmember Thomas Ognibene says there needs to be a change-up in the Queens GOP after years of infighting and what he called a negative influence by former vice chair Vince Tabone. “I’ve believed for the last three to four years that it [leadership] had to be changed,” said Ognibene, who served in the […]

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