Crowley makes good on Kiwanis flap
Oct 13, 2009 | 3166 views | 1 1 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Now those of you who are watching know that it’s a whole lot of fun when a Republican actually has a shot at a seat in New York City. Well, the 30th Council District seat in Glendale is held by Democrat Liz Crowley. Who won the seat in November 2008 - a seat that has been held by a Republican since rotary phones were in style.

The Glendale Kiwanis Club (a frightening but fun fraternal group of about 50 adults who meet every week at Zum Stammtisch – a Glendale restaurant that is a bit overrated, but it’s still German and still fairly crowded) apparently was allocated $3,500 from Councilman Anthony Como, who was a member of the club and won a special election and represented the 30th for about six months.

After Liz won the election last November and while she was working on getting her feet wet, the club’s got caught up in a bureaucratic mess. This week, Como cried foul, but Liz says she didn’t really mean to do it (even though Como happened to be a member of the club).

And Como says his letter, which was distributed to news organizations across the borough of Queens by a well-known political operative, wasn't some poorly disguised attempt to take a political potshot at Liz Crowley on behalf of Tom Ognibene, even if the timing was a little dubious.

Well, all was apparently made good this week, as Liz sent those rubber stamp members of our staff her discretionary funds allocation and the Glendale Kiwanis Club got their $3,500 for last year plus another $5,000 for this year.

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George E. Schwille
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October 18, 2009
The Glendale Kiwanis may be frightening and fun but it is not a fraternal group. It is a service club. There are over 20 Kiwanis clubs in Queens and Glendale is the largest with over 100 members. We have business owners, professionals and other community members who pay $200 a year dues to help us raise tens of thousands of dollars every year which is used to better the lives of less fortunate people with an emphasis on children.

The Glendale Club also sponsors a Circle K at Queens College, two Key clubs at Grover Cleveland HS and Christ the King HS, an Aktion Club for disabled Adults and Builders Clubs at PS 73 and PS 91.

Mr Sanchez has just been installed as the President of the newly formed Forest Hills Kiwanis which we sponsored.

For more information look at www.kiwanis.org