Irish Power, Irish Politics - Congressman Joe Crowley

New York Congressman Joe Crowley’s 50th birthday bash at Sidetracks Irish bar and restaurant in Queens was packed to the gills on Sunday afternoon.

The amiable Joe was where he likes to be best, up on stage with his band, blasting out rock and roll and old Irish standards and meeting and greeting hundreds of supporters.

Speaking of wonderful old Irish standards, his evergreen mother, Eileen, from Co. Armagh was able to sing with the best of them, belting out “The Boys From the County Armagh.”

Urging LIRR to reopen Elmhurst station

Lawmakers are urging the Long Island Rail Road to reopen a long-shuttered station in Elmhurst to accommodate the area’s burgeoning population.

And in a departure from the usual resistance to costly projects, LIRR officials said they are seriously considering the idea.

“This station needs to be restored,” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) said at a news conference Thursday.

Crowley Celebrates Women’s History Month

Congressmember Joe Crowley, along with leaders from across New York’s 7th Congressional District, celebrated Women’s History Month at Dazies Restaurant in Jackson Heights. During the March 9 event, Crowley honored keynote speaker Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, Executive Director of Maspeth Town Hall Eileen Reilly, CEO of Adhikaar Luna Ranjit for their contributions to the community.

Democrat defends New York City values, attacks Santorum

A House Democrat took offense at Rick Santorum after the GOP presidential candidate suggested the “values” represented in the middle of the country are different from those held by New York City residents.
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter on Monday to defend his New York constituents, attacking Santorum over the perceived slight. 

Street co-naming: Winged Fist Way

Charles Bacon, gold; Johnny Hayes, gold; Harry Porter, gold; John Flanagan, gold.  These men were just four of the 56 Olympic medalists whose names were read on Saturday in commemoration of the Irish American Athletic Club. The names were read as part of the ceremony that marked the co-naming of “Winged Fist Way” (43rd Street and 48th Ave) ­– after the club’s emblem the Winged Fist.

QCYD Marches With Congressman Crowley

On March 4, the Queens County Young Democrats marched with Congressman Joe Crowley in the St. Pat's for All parade in Woodside and Sunnyside.

Wearin’ O’ The Green

Congressmember Joe Crowley marched with hundreds of area residents in the 13th St. Pat’s For All Parade in Sunnyside and Woodside. Photo Walter Karling, Queens Gazette

Crowley, Vacca hold Town hall to address air traffic concerns

Country Club’s concerns about noise from neighboring airports prompted a town hall meeting with Congressman Joe Crowley and Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

The meeting, held on Wednesday, February 22, invited the community to listen to presentations by the Federal Aviation Administration as well as Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on flight traffic, and noise issues. A question period was also conducted.

Officials hail bill to finance first responder communication network

When firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers rushed to lower Manhattan during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, the challenges were overwhelming. One of those problems was an inability for those first responders to stay in contact with each other. 

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley gathered with top officials from the city police and fire departments on Monday to hail legislation that could help correct those communication woes.

Will LIRR roll again in Elmhurst?

Local elected officials are hoping the LIRR rolls back into Elmhurst – allowing residents to ride the rails again after roughly three decades.

Congressmember Joe Crowley and Councilmember Daniel Dromm have called on the MTA LIRR to reopen its Elmhurst Station, located on Broadway between Cornish and Whitney Avenues, which was closed in 1985.


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