Guiding Young Offenders To A More Promising Future

BY QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICHARD A. BROWN When young offenders enter the criminal justice system for the first time charged with non­violent crimes, we have a golden opportunity to impact their lives in a positive way by offering the treatment, services, guidance and support that they need to get back on track. The Queens District […]

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Progress Is Progress

To The Editor: I dread the upcoming 2014 mid-term election should it reflect the disastrous 2010 election, which voted into power the “Do-nothing Congress” of the Regressive Party, setting our country back in time. This was all due to those overconfident no-show Democrats. Shame on them sitting on their lazy butts. However, let us look forward […]

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Open Closed Polling Places

To The Editor: NYC’s Board of Elections cited a low voter turnout for the June primary and a  declining participation rate over the last few years. There’s a good reason why. The BOE closed a number of polling sites because they were deemed inaccessible to handicapped voters under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Sending absentee […]

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Rest In Peace Phil Ragusa

To The Editor: I have just read the news with much sadness of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I have met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with. These were at former Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign kickoff in Queens, former Senator Frank Padavan’s campaigns and […]

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Be Careful With Fireworks

To The Editor: The Fourth of July brings celebration, relaxing time spent with family and friends, barbecues and beautiful firework displays done by professionals with the fire departments supervising the safety aspect. Unfortunately, this holiday can bring tragedy when firecrackers are used by individuals. On June 27, 1978, I had open heart surgery for a […]

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A Good Step For Colleges

To The Editor: Thank you, Ed Braunstein. For some time, a dirty little secret, not touted on the glossy college recruiting brochures, a fact has been emerging that the glamorous, exciting, academic and fun-filled world of many of our colleges has been the danger and criminal acts of violence against our young women on and […]

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Different Side Of Gun Stats

To The Editor: If something affects 0.0000017 percent of the population, is it worth making laws that will seriously affect the remainder of that population? There are 300,000.000,000 guns in the United States. About 50 or 0.000001 percent of our guns were used to create massive crimes in the last five years. If something affects […]

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Bring Civic Virtue Back To Queens

To The Editor: An open letter to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz: Last week, I was in the audience at Queens Community Board 9 and heard you speak about how the election of Bill de Blasio represented a “change” towards greater responsiveness to communities’ needs, which you said reverberated to all elected officials, including yourself. […]

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A Rent Freeze Is Impractical

To The Editor: All signs are pointing to an unprecedented rent freeze when the Rent Guidelines Board convenes this Monday to vote on the percentage increase building owners of one million rent-stabilized apartments in the five boroughs can charge tenants on one- and two-year lease renewals. Mayor Bill de Blasio made “rent freeze” a campaign […]

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