The Nanny (Fran Drescher) for New York Senator

From U.S. News & World Report

The Nanny (Fran Drescher) for New York Senator
February 06, 2009 04:50 PM ET

By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Fran Drescher seems to have a thing for jobs that last six years. First it was The Nanny, the sitcom that ran from 1993 to 1999 and, through reruns, continues to win her fame and fortune. And if the Queens cackler gets her way, her next job could also come with a six-year term: Senator from New York. While she lost out to former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand for the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, President Obama’s new secretary of state, the Nanny tells Whispers that she isn’t giving up her goal. “It is something that I am very seriously contemplating.”

Cancer Schmancer

Cancer Schmancer

Gillibrand is formidable. She’s a good fundraiser, and her moderate politics makes her an upstate fave for the 2010 special election. But Drescher isn’t worried. “I could set up very quickly if I throw my hat in the ring,” she says. “I feel like I can generate an interesting, and even a crossover, mix of people who would come to my support.” She received encouragement from Democratic lawmakers and donors as recently as Obama’s inauguration, when she was the house guest of Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Her pals have advised that she can hold off announcing. “I may have a little bit of time,” she tells us, “because of my celebrity component and ability to raise large amounts of money more easily.” And her New York-ness, notably her nasally laugh, is a plus, she says. “I get New York.” In the meantime, the cancer survivor who started the Cancer Schmancer Movement to urge women to be tested for cancer has been asked by the Obama team to stay on as an international women’s healthcare envoy, a position she held under George W. Bush.


Queens Woman in JetBlue tussle grounded for 5 years

Anyone for Anger Management?

Anyone for Anger Management?

From BusinessWeek

Queens Woman in JetBlue tussle grounded for 5 years


A woman accused of punching an airline attendant who tried to stop her from smoking during a flight has been sentenced to five years of probation, during which she can’t fly on commercial airlines.

Christina Elizabeth Szele (ZELL’-ee) of Queens, N.Y., was ordered Thursday to pay $7,987 in restitution and to seek drug, alcohol and anger management counseling.

She pleaded guilty in November to interfering with a crew member.

Authorities say she shouted obscenities and racial slurs at an attendant on a JetBlue flight from New York to San Francisco in June. The FBI says crew members restrained Szele with plastic handcuffs, but she broke them and punched an attendant in the jaw.

The pilot diverted the plane to Denver, where Szele was arrested.

The Prosecutor From East Elmhurst

From Time

Thursday, Feb. 05, 2009
The Prosecutor

Eric Holder Jr. was trained long ago in crime and punishment. He grew up in the East Elmhurst section of Queens, N.Y.–so populated by cops and firefighters that rush hour looked like the shift change at a station house. A popular teen prank was setting off the red fire-alarm box near his modest brick house on 101st Street. Nearly everyone tried it once, but not Eric, the churchgoing Boy Scout who knew the consequence of disobeying rules: “A good, quick smack on the bottom,” his mother Miriam recalls. “If you did something wrong, you’re going to have to pay a price.”

United States Attorney General Eric Holder

United States Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.

That rule guided Holder after he left Queens to become a corruption prosecutor, municipal judge and U.S. Attorney. And it will probably guide him as the nation’s 82nd Attorney General. Holder takes over a sprawling, 110,000-person Justice Department that was treated at times like a private law firm by the Bush Administration, both in its novel interpretation of the law and in the way it purged employees who did not share its political views. Returning to the department he helped run in the late 1990s, Holder invited all employees to his grand fifth-floor office to introduce themselves. “It’s good to be back,” he said in remarks sent around the building.

But Holder faces huge challenges and a ticking clock as the nation’s top lawyer. The most urgent is how to implement President Barack Obama’s decision to close the brig at Guantánamo in a year and try some 250 alleged terrorists who have been kept there indefinitely. Some of their cases are so sensitive that presenting evidence in open court could compromise national security. As details of Bush-era practices on rendition, torture and wiretapping become known, Holder will have to rewrite some of the most secret rules of engagement used by the U.S. against al-Qaeda while balancing Democrats calling for the prosecution of Bush officials who authorized those policies. Though Obama would rather look forward and not back, Holder promised in his confirmation hearings to “follow the evidence, the facts, the law and let that take us where it should.”

The nation’s first African-American Attorney General, Holder, 58, brings a unique perspective to the job. In the 1970s, New Jersey police pulled over his Plymouth Duster to search for weapons. The car contained nothing more than Holder, then a dean’s-list undergraduate at Columbia University, and a group of black friends. It impressed on Holder the dangers of using the law as a blunt instrument, a lesson he applied years later in overseeing a racial-profiling settlement with the New Jersey state police. After Columbia Law School, he passed up high-paying jobs for a chance to prosecute corrupt officials as a Justice Department lawyer, piling up the convictions of a Philadelphia judge, a Florida state treasurer and crooked FBI agents. In 1988, Ronald Reagan appointed him to the D.C. superior court, the front line for those fighting drug and gang violence in the nation’s capital. Holder quickly earned the nickname Judge Hold ‘Em among defense lawyers for refusing to set bail for clients who were accused of violent crimes. He was known for listening carefully to arguments and showing leniency to defendants willing to assume blame. But hard-core criminals had the book thrown at them. “I told my clients, If you’re guilty, you need to plead early and often,” recalls attorney Glennon Threatt Jr. “He was completely intolerant of individuals who were found guilty of violent crimes.”

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Queens prosecutor Eric Holder becomes first African-American Attorney General

United States Attorney General Eric Holder

United States Attorney General Eric Holder

Daily News

Queens prosecutor Eric Holder becomes first African-American Attorney General

BY James Gordon Meek

Monday, February 2nd 2009, 10:30 PM

The Senate confirmed Eric Holder late Monday as the nation’s first African-American attorney general.

The final vote was 75-21, with half of the Senate’s GOPers voting against him.

Holder will be sworn in Tuesday morning at the Justice Department by Vice President Biden, a spokesman said.

The Queens-bred prosecutor served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration and was an unapologetic opponent of torture in ex-President Bush’s war on terror.


The Bay Terrace Cafe congratulates Eric Holder and wishes him well in his role as Attorney General.