In Support Of Congestion Pricing

BY SEN. JOSE PERALTA AND COUNCILMAN MARK WEPRIN No one wants to pay more in taxes, tolls or store prices. No one questions that the cost of living, working and operating a business in New York is prohibitively high. However, the traffic pricing proposal that some are quick to reject – the Move NY Fair Plan […]

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Honoring Vietnam Vets

To The Editor: I have just read that our Vietnam Veterans will be honored at an upcoming event. Now that is why I applaud the fact that at this year’s Little Neck- Douglaston Memorial Day parade is to honor the Vietnam Veterans. This parade is reported to be the largest in the country. Vietnam Veterans are being […]

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We Must Do More For Sex Trafficking Victims

BY COUNCILMAN RORY LANCMAN We’ve made great progress in recent years in how sex trafficking cases are adjudicated – and sex trafficking victims treated – in the legal system. Although women were once arrested for prostitution and sent back to their pimps without any help, we now acknowledge that these individuals are forced into sex […]

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50-50 Evaluation Flawed

To The Editor: The proposal by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for 50 percent of a teacher’s performance evaluation to be determined by State- and City-approved measures of student cognitive development vis-a-vis standardized test results, and 50 percent in-class peer evaluation, is seriously flawed since the most significant factor in intelligence as a person’s capacity for goal-directed […]

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Go Solar This Spring

To The Editor: With the start of the new season, sunny skies are ahead of us. Spring is all about renewal and regrowth. We should start spring by renewing our commitment to solar energy and growing the industry here in New York. Our solar industry added 2,100 jobs in New York in 2014, according to […]

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MTA’s Legal Money Drain

To The Editor: To re-phrase an old adage, whatever goes up must rise even higher. The MTA’s new fare and toll hikes are a perfect example. We keep paying more and getting less. But how much of our money funds litigation instead of transportation? The MTA has a large legal staff but outsources much of […]

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See Our Schools

To The Editor: The teachers union and the charter school industry fight hard and often. Especially about “co-location.” That’s the widespread practice of muscling private charters into crowded public school buildings and awarding these for-profit business entrepreneurs the lion’s share of resources and preferred space at no cost to them. You, the public, pays. The […]

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Do We Need The EDC?

To The Editor: Is there real reason to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary for creation of the New York City Economic Development Corporation? New York City prospered and successfully grew prior to creation of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and it’s predecessor, the NYC Public Development Corporation, created in 1966. In 1991, the NYC Public Development […]

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What’s Wrong With Our Kids?

To The Editor: The recent incident  in a Brooklyn McDonald’s, in which several teenagers attacked and repeatedly beat, punched and kicked another teenager, is yet another stark and ominous reminder of how it seems that young people today have lost all respect for others, and that they know no bounds. What is happening to our […]

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