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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Bartlett Contemporaries celebrates their 50th anniversary with ‘A Weekend to Remember’
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From forming their band at Andrew Jackson High School in 1964, to being the first band to play at the New York State Pavilion during the World’s Fair that same year, to performing at Spike Lee’s wedding reception, brothers Carl Bartlett Sr. and Charles Bartlett Jr. have done it all in the music scene. This September, […]

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Queens pols look to make Diwali official public school holiday
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BY ANGELA MATUA Several Queens elected officials are trying to make Diwali, the South Asian Festival of Lights, an official public school holiday. State Senator Leroy Comrie and Assemblyman Michael Miller held a press conference on June 6 calling for passage of Senate Bill S5304 and Assembly Bill A4331, which would honor a holiday celebrated by many people of Hindu, […]

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