Queens state senator passes on Congressional race and will instead seek re-election
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He’d rather be in Albany than on Capitol Hill. State Senator James Sanders announced on Tuesday he would run for re-election instead of challenging Congressman Gregory Meeks for his Fifth Congressional District seat. Sanders, who represents the 10th Senatorial District covering much of southeast Queens, had formally explored a Congressional campaign, noting that he “wanted to rid […]

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Community Board 12 chair has sights set on James Sanders’ state Senate seat
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One southeast Queens civic leader is looking to bring her voice to Albany. Community Board 12 Chairperson Adrienne Adams announced on Thursday her candidacy for the state Senate seat currently held by James Sanders, whose district includes most of southeast Queens and the Rockaways. A statement released by public relations firm Bill Lynch Associated Networks touted […]

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Congressman introduces bill to increase protection against debt collectors

BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON Congressman Gregory Meeks introduced a bill last week designed to bolster protections for consumers against unfair and abusive debt collection practices. The Debt Collection Harmonization Act would build upon the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA) by treating all third-party debt collectors the same. Currently, the FDCPA prevents collectors of consumer debt […]

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Congressman Israel breaks from Queens delegation on Syrian refugee bill
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All but one of the seven members of Congress representing Queens County voted Thursday against a controversial bill regarding the processing of refugees escaping from war-torn areas of Syria and Iraq. Congressman Steve Israel — whose district includes all or parts of Bay Terrace, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, Little Neck and Whitestone — voted in […]

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Congressman Meeks recovering from mild heart attack, misses speaker vote
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Congressman Gregory Meeks wasn’t at Capitol Hill Thursday to vote in the speaker of the house election, as he was recovering from a mild heart attack. The 62-year-old Democrat representing much of southern Queens and Rockaways said in a statement that he was “rushed to the hospital after experiencing chest pain.” “In a short time, […]

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