From a GOP insider:
"At the Queens County Republican dinner last night, Councilman Dennis Gallagher's face went from pink to beet red when he observed fellow Republican Tony Nunziato, cousin of liberal Dem Councilman Eric Gioia (no one knows how that happened), walking into the Reception House on Northern Boulevard with a stack of Juniper Berry magazines. The magazine, published by the Juniper Park Civic Association, contains a scathing editorial about Gallagher's blatant abuse of power and his ongoing war against the civic.
Gallagher immediately ran crying to Republican Party Chair, Phil Ragusa, who with Anthony Como and another party man, marched over to JPCA president Bob Holden and Nunziato and instructed them not to give out the magazine. Nunziato angrily said that he was giving the stack of magazines to the president of a local organization who had requested them. Ragusa backed off. The person who Nunziato handed the magazines off to in turn started handing them out to others. The joke was on Pinky.
This is typical of Gallagher to try and stifle free speech and it fits into his strong-arm Tammany Hall style politics. Gallagher is now removing JPCA board members from the community board. Edward Kampermann received his pink slip (or should I say "Pinky" slip) removing him from CB5 in the mail yesterday and the axe is sure to fall on more victims in the next few days.
Before the last election, voters in the 15th Senate District had one choice for 12 years (6 elections)... Serf Maltese. In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 3-1, it was unbelievable that the Democrats could not come up with one candidate in all those years. Last November, a Democrat candidate emerged to accept the challenge to Maltese. Albert Baldeo, a Guyanese-American, without any help from the Queens Democratic Party, came within 700 votes of upsetting the longtime Senator. The donkey party now had egg on their face. The same can be said of the Republicans. Markey has had only one challenger in her 10 years in office. And many other candidates including Gallagher ran unopposed for several years.
The jig is up in Queens County. The voters are sick and tired of backroom candidates and dirty deals. The next few years promise to be interesting."