Combating Campus Sexual Assault

BY COUNCILMAN RORY LANCMAN Last year, New York’s public colleges took a stand against sexual violence when both CUNY and SUNY adopted “Enough is Enough,” the sexual assault prevention policy spearheaded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now, every public college student in New York is protected by clear standards against sexual violence. But thousands of other […]

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Zoning Changes Are Good Zoning Changes Are Good

To The Editor: We live and work in a Borough where population growth and shifting demographics are creating new housing challenges. Part of this challenge is simply providing housing to accommodate new arrivals, but equally important is to strive to serve the evolving and increasing needs of existing New Yorkers, such as growing families and […]

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Say No To ‘Tolls’

BY ELMER H. BLACKBURNE I’m responding to the Op-Ed letter in the May 29 edition, by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Mr. Richards has made a serious blunder by supporting a plan, Move NY Fair Plan, that would allow for the charging of tolls on bridge crossings to Manhattan that have always been free! Those bridges […]

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No Rubber Stamping Variances

To The Editor: The City Board of Standards and Appeals has a final say on land use issues throughout the five boroughs. They grant variances and other special requests that permit developers to construct and modify buildings beyond the scope of the zoning regulations. A lawsuit has to be filed to challenge a decision rendered […]

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Yes To East River Tolls

BY COUNCILMAN DONOVAN RICHARDS If you looked up the definition of “transit desert,” you might find a map of my City Council district, the 31st. One subway line, the A, has the system’s worst on-line performance. We have some of the longest commutes in the nation, many starting on the Q5 in Laurelton, the Q77 […]

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A Conversation About Environmental Justice

BY COUNCILMAN RUBEN WILLS For several years now, the Council has sought to accelerate the implementation of the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan. One goal of the plan is to address the issue of waste distribution inequality, particularly in lower earning communities of color in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Southeast Queens. An idea currently being […]

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No War On Renters

To The Editor: Re. Joseph Strasburg’s May 14 op-ed piece: “Mayor de Blasio’s war on renters.” As a rent-regulated tenant for the past 47 years, I dispute Mr. Strasburg’s remarks reflecting his position as president of the Rent Stabilization Assn., a powerful landlords’ lobbying group. He defends vacancy de-control by saying “we need to protect […]

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End Critical EMS Delays

BY COUNCIL MEMBERS DONOVAN RICHARDS & ELIZABETH CROWLEY National Emergency Medical Services Week was held last week to bring together local communities and highlight the service and dedication emergency personnel demonstrate every day. In February, the average response time to life-threatening medical emergencies in Queens was 10 minutes and 15 seconds, which is unacceptable. The […]

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Invest In Libraries, Invest In New Yorkers

BY BRIDGET QUINN-CAREY Public libraries serve the many diverse needs of millions of New Yorkers. They act as essential community centers and educational hubs in every borough. And as The New York Times recently wrote, our city’s libraries had more visitors last year — 37 million people — than all its other cultural institutions combined. […]

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