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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Pavilion Not Worth The Money

To The Editor: If any individual or group of individuals wish to dip into their pockets to the tune of tens of millions of dollars for a so-called rehabilitation of the rusting hulk remnant of the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion, which I believe should have been removed at the close of […]

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Encourage Smoke-Free Housing

To The Editor: On Monday, June 9, Queens Community Board 7 passed a resolution that originated in the CB 7 Health Committee that encouraged owners and landlords of new multi-family housing to create smokefree housing units and to establish a smokefree environment in the developments wherever possible. This resolution is not a statement suggesting that […]

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Fed Up With Status Quo

To The Editor: In the May 22-28 issue was a letter from Robert LaRosa questioning why people vote Republican and why the GOP is predicted to make gains this year. Robert, you ought to know that in time, most Americans get fed up with the status quo. When Republicans dominate, after a while people vote […]

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OP-ED: Keeping Young People On The Right Track

BY QUEENS DA RICHARD BROWN For the last 21 years, the Queens District Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Police Department, and a growing network of community partners, has spearheaded the STAR TRACK School Anti-Violence Program in the Rockaways. Working with 10 elementary, middle school […]

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Wealthy Are Not The Enemy

To The Editor: Politically correct speech has corrupted our language to the point that sometimes we no longer know what we are talking about. Descriptive characterizations no longer correspond to reality. Consider the following: people who entered our country illegally are labeled “undocumented immigrants” and “Social Security” is now called an “entitlement,” even though the […]

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