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Full Campaign Reform Needed

New York State’s campaign financing needs a severe overhaul. This is not a radical concept, and it is a concept that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has led us to believe that he supports. So what need is there to selectively enforce a campaign reform measure on just one office, that of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli? While […]

Looking Towards Tomorrow

We can only imagine what the organizers of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs would think if they saw how the world has changed in the ensuing years. Maybe they would be in awe of the advancements in science and technology. Just as likely, they could be disappointed that we have not progressed even further. […]

Time To Work Things Out

Once again, a dispute between a company and the union that represents its workers is causing havoc with the lives of hundreds of workers who relied on the job to put food on their tables. The recent firing of 250 UPS workers after a protest is a reminder that even with the protection of a […]

Time To Lead, Mr. Mayor

Just a few weeks ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio was riding a wave of popularity on the promise of change in the way the City was run. That wave has started to sputter, as poll numbers suggest. While Mayor de Blasio talked a good game while he was campaigning for the position, we feel he […]

SBA Should Step Up Efforts

This week, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a field hearing at Queens College over the Small Business Administration’s efforts to help local businesses. During the event, witnesses who testified before the panel expressed their frustration with the lack of outreach from the SBA, particularly in helping immigrant-owned communities. While the […]

The Right Decision

We learned this week that a Federal Court judge has denied a request from State Sen. Malcolm Smith to delay his trial until after his Primary election in September. The idea that delaying the trial would provide Smith with a “fair election” is nearly indefensible for someone who may have broken the public trust by […]

Getting Back On Track

With all the talk about the Queens Library and the compensation its CEO, Thomas Galante, receives, it is important to not lose sight of all the good the Queens Library system does throughout the Borough. The 62 branches of the library provide much more than just books, movies and music to the more than two […]

No Trial Delay Needed

News surfaced this week that the attorneys of both State Sen. Malcolm Smith and Vincent Tabone, former Queens Republican vice chair, have asked for a delay in their trials. Smith wants to be able to run for re-election without worry of a trial on the side. Tabone’s attorney said that Republican strategies would be compromised […]

Willets Fiasco Needs To End

Since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the legacy project of a retail and entertainment center at Willets Point almost two years ago, we have been troubled with many of the details. Several of the decisions have been questionable at best, leaving many in the Borough wondering if anyone other than developers and their friends would […]

Keep The Community In The Know

The news that a patient who was convicted of manslaughter and assault was able to escape from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center is alarming enough. The news from nearby civic groups that they were not notified by the center about his escape seems downright negligent. A statement from 14 civic groups near Creedmoor was sent out last […]