Ferrer To The Rescue In Queens
On March 21, Bronx Borough President and Mayoral wannabe Fernando Ferrer fed parents on line to register their children at P.S. 251 in Springfield Gardens.
The 50 Donuts with which he fed them were driven with him all the way from the Bronx while the 40 cups of coffee were bought at a nearby McDonalds and transported to the parents stacked in bags, according to his spokesperson, John Del Cecato.
Del Cecato said Ferrer visited the parents the night before after hearing about them standing in line for days. He suggested that he might come the next day with some food and the parents insisted that he keep his promise. Ever, the reliable candidate, he did.
It is not clear how he fed the 170 parents on line with 50 donuts and 40 cups of coffee. Wonder if he can count votes as effectively?Is Crowley For Crowley?
The Crowley name is to the Queens political scene what the Kennedys are to the national politics. And now another Crowley, it appears, has emerged onto the spectrum.
Twenty-three year old Elizabeth Crowley, cousin of Congressman Joe Crowley, announced her candidacy for the 26th Council seat. Shes seeking Councilman Walter McCaffreys large seat.
This Crowley is the daughter of the late Councilman Walter Crowley and his wife Mary who took over office after he died. To Elizabeths merit, she is a mother of two and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The big question is, must Cousin Joe automatically endorse her because she is kin?
"I am not saying thats not a factor, but its not the sole factor," said Congressman Crowley, who held Elizabeth in his arms when she was just a baby. "At this point I intend to sit down with all the candidates. I look forward to hearing her vision for Queens."
Crowley said there are a number of qualified candidates running for council. So far hes had serious conversations with Eric Gioia, Joe Conley, Joe Heaphy, and Matt Farrell.
"I guess you can say we have the political bug in all the Crowleys and she has certainly caught the bug," said Congressman Joe.
Joe Crowley has 49 first cousins. Thats a nice head start at the ballot box!Ramones Singer Ailing
The lead singer of the Queens own punk pioneers, The Ramones, is reportedly battling cancer.
According to sources, Forest Hills native Joey Ramone is struggling against lymphoma in an area hospital.
A spokesperson for the 49-year-old singer has told reporters, "hes doing better and better."
Joey Ramone whose real name is Jeffrey Hyman founded the band in 1974 with classmates from Forest Hills High School.
In the 70s and 80s, The Ramones immortalized their native borough in the songs "Rockaway Beach" and "Were A Happy Family."NYC To Nassau?
Hold onto your hats!
This could be the hottest political rumor since Monica Lewinsky whispered to Linda Tripp.
Looking west to Manhattan, at year end, Rudy Giuliani will be packing his bags to move out of Gracie Mansion. Hizzoner, like the City Council, is term limited and needs a new home.
Now look east to Joe Mondello, kingpin of the once superpowerful Republican Nassau County machine. Recent years have brought grief, shame and week-ness to his once invincible Nassau GOP. Rocked by scandal, the once dominant County Exec, Tom Gulotta recently announced he will not run again. Theyve lost the County Legislature to the Dems and are challenged at every turn by invigorated Democrats who previously couldnt get the time of day from the voters. Its a whole new ballgame east of Queens.
Joe Mondello is fearful of his party losing the County Exec position and the patronage that goes with it. Well, with no Gulotta and no strong candidate Rick Lazio was ruled out Dems Great Neck Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli and Glen Cove Mayor Tom Suozzi square off in a Primary which may just pick the winner of the big Nassau Prize.
Joe Mondello doesnt have a Republican candidate at least he doesnt have one that he thinks could win.
QConfidential has learned of a secret meeting between Nassau GOP chief Mondello and his dream candidate. Raised in Garden City, LI, the most popular downstate Republican since Jacob Javitz, Mondello has reached out to Rudy Giuliani offering him the Republican Party line for County Exec.
Weve placed calls into the NYCs Chief Executive thats the Mayor asking about his plans. But, no word yet on the campaign whose slogan might be: "Lets put Rudy Giuliani to work for Nassau County."
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