On Friday morning, just hours before Governor Andrew Cuomo was to reveal that talks to build a $4 billion convention center in Queens had collapsed, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder climbed a rusty trestle to an abandoned train track lush with plant life and described how the nearby convention center development might spark a rejuvenation of the long-derelict railroad, and by extension, southeastern Queens.(3)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has left for a trip to Israel with ten Council members.
The trip is being paid for the by Jewish Community Relations Council and does not include taxpayer funds, a source told me.(4)
This afternoon, Assemblyman David Weprin was standing in front of Queens Borough Hall with his wife, two daughters and a host of elected officials. He was the only man on the steps.
Since being handed the Democratic nomination in a special election for Anthony Weiner’s open congressional seat in Queens and Brooklyn, Weprin’s events have tended to target Jewish voters (Ed Koch’s plea for the district’s Jewish voters to support Weprin’s Republican opponent as means of rebuking the White House on Israel policy necessitated that) and senior citizens, whose entitlements are in the crosshairs of the G.O.P.-controlled House of Representatives.