Pomonok Memories

TO THE EDITOR: Re. Carmine Carcieri’s 7/2 story: “Tales Of Early Life In The Projects.” I look forward to seeing the “Pomonok Dreams” documentary. While I never lived in that housing project, I saw it nearly every day during my time as a Queens College student. But one shining moment stands above all the rest […]

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Public School Successes

TO THE EDITOR: Outrage! That’s the bitter reaction of a prominent pro-charter school group to what decent, thoughtful people regard as upbeat news that the number of public school students forced to repeat a grade in 2014 was slashed by more than 50 percent. Further aggravating to the foes of public education is the fact, […]

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MTA Needs To Prioritize

To The Editor: Intelligent Long Island Rail Road riders may have to wait until 2023 or later for East Side Access to begin actual service into Grand Central Terminal.  There is a $14.1 billion shortfall in funding for the proposed $32 billion 2015 – 2019 MTA Capital Program. This could result in postponing more work and funding into the next 2020 […]

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NYC For NYPD Only

To The Editor: Mayor de Blasio plans to hire 1,300 more cops. Great news, but it can be even better. Our mayor wants the NYPD “to reflect every element of our city.” The best way to do that is by recruiting only those applicants who live in NYC. Critics blasted former commissioner Ray Kelly for […]

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OP-ED: Free, Healthy Summer Meals For All!

BY NYC SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR CARMEN FARINA Starting June 29 through Sept. 4, free, healthy summer meals will be available for all children 18 years or younger at more than 1,000 locations across the city and for the first time families can download the Apple or Android user-friendly mobile app, Schoolfood to choose from more than 1,000 sites and […]

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Schools Out For Lunar New Year

To The Editor: This was a welcome and wonderful decision by Mayor de Blasio, and sends a message of inclusivity in a city that has historically attracted and embraced cultures from across the globe. This recognition speaks to the growing strength and presence of our city’s Asian communities that celebrate this most important holiday. On […]

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Charleston Crime IS Hate

To The Editor: Alleged suspect, a white supremacist named Dylann Roof, killed nine people in historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, June 17. Emanuel AME Church has seen race hatred lift its ugly head. This is a church that Martin Luther King Jr. had once preached. The death of Rev. state Sen. Clementa Pinckney and […]

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Albany: To The Dogs

To The Editor: “Albany Adrift” (Editorial — June 18).  Albany has gone to the dogs!  The State Legislature under the leadership of Republican State Senate majority leader John Flanagan and Democratic State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie passed and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing dog owners to have their pets join them to dine alfresco, outside of local restaurants.  They also had time to pass several hundred other bills within […]

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OP-ED: Rent Increase Of Zero!

BY COUNCILWOMAN KAREN KOSLOWITZ I was certainly pleased in 2014, when through legislative action, the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) and Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) income limits were raised from $29,000 to $50,000. The majority of rent regulated households, however, do not qualify for these protective programs. Many of these tenants are having […]

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