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Resume Talks Now

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI The potential for disaster with the impending Long Island Rail Road strike over the weekend is a far-reaching situation that would damage not only municipal revenue, but the earning potential for everyone who relies on the LIRR to get to work every day. While the MTA has released suggested “contingency plans” […]

Welcome Back, Scholarship

It was with great pleasure that we reported on the reinstatement of the Peter F. Vallone Sr. Scholarship this week. For more than 10 years, the scholarship assisted students – regardless of immigration status – by giving them money to go to the City University of New York. While New York State continues to debate […]

Show Some Compassion

Many in the City are still recovering from the recent financial crisis, leaving countless men and women without jobs and without a means to provide for their families. Understandably, in such situations, times become too tough and those hit hardest are sometimes left without a roof over their heads. Such is life for many of […]

Simplify Primary Schedules

On Election Day 2014, set for Nov. 4, voters will go to the polls to vote for representatives in Congress and the State Senate and Assembly. For some, it will be the third time this year that they are asked to choose a representative. This past Tuesday, some districts went to the polls for the […]

Getting Youth Involved

It may be a news item that is glossed over this week, but the City Council’s recent support of legislation lowering the age of Community Board members to allow 16 and 17 year olds could be the beginning of a great change within New York City government. We have been very clear in our belief […]

More Focus On Schools Needed

New Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s visit to the Borough’s Parents Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday night offered an interesting glimpse into what the schools’ head believes needs to be done to aid efforts to improve education, not just in Queens, but City-wide. We just hope that the new administration can make the necessary changes before […]

Keep Politics Out Of The Library

As we detail elsewhere in this issue, the Queens Library system is the subject of two separate bills in the State Senate, calling for reforms to the way the Library does business. While the Senators behind these bills say they are trying to do what is best for the system, and the Borough President’s office […]

Work Still To Be Done

During the first weekend of June each year, Queens gathers in a show of support for members of the LGBTQ community. Over the last two years, that community has had a lot to celebrate. From the recognition of same-sex marriages to more representation within our governmental bodies, it seems like several battles have already been […]

Keep The Dream Alive

We are heartened to see that members of the State Legislature have reintroduced DREAM Act legislation to give undocumented immigrant students access to funding for higher education. New York City has always been seen as a land of opportunity for immigrants. As the population of Queens continues to diversify and bring in new residents from […]

Something To Hide?

When weighing in on all the valuable services that Queens Library offers to the Borough’s residents, we find it alarming that the board has voted to reject a motion that would require them to fully comply with an audit by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. If Queens Library continues to act without transparency in the manner […]