Honoring The Women Of Queens

In 1970, when the Queens Tribune published its first issue, all of the Borough’s elected officials were men. Today, Queens is represented by women in all levels of government; the City Council, the State Assembly, the State Senate and both houses of Congress. Notably, our last three borough presidents have been women, a change from […]

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Don’t Play Games With Education

As the debate continues between the United Federation of Teachers and Albany politicians over the future of education in New York State, the question over funding our schools should not be so divisive. Few would disagree that an underfunded school is bad for children. Shortly after being sworn into his first term in 2011, Gov. […]

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Revisiting Rent Regulations

It’s no secret that rents in New York City are high. But when it comes to providing affordable housing for residents, it is certainly, as Mayor de Blasio famously stated in his 2013 campaign, “a tale of two cities.” Why are big developers constructing luxury towers with apartments that are selling for millions of dollars […]

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Make The Money Worth It

Last Thursday, the MTA sponsored a $500,000 public workshop at Queensborough Community College on bus service in Northeast Queens, part of an ongoing study that will determine whether or not transit in that part of the borough is lacking, and what can be done to improve it. There are few people in Northeast Queens who […]

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Change Needed For CB9?

The news reports coming out of Community Board 9 meetings are always good for copy, but we cannot imagine that the regular stream of in-fighting that goes on at the board is good for the community at large. Community Board meetings are meant to give residents a chance to speak their mind on local issues […]

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Let The Education Debate Continue

The debate over the expansion and co-location of charter schools will continue to be a hot topic, both in Albany and City Hall this legislative year. Unfortunately, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, both pro-education advocates, seem to be at loggerheads over the politics of charter schools rather than how best to educate […]

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The New Homeless Problem

The controversies over homeless shelters in Queens seem to be never-ending, and the City’s inability to solve these problems in a common-sense manner, as more issues pile on, is troubling. While it is a relief to hear that the Dept. of Homeless Services was quick to respond to the most recent issue – a sex […]

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Conflicting Visions?

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address this week attempted to set out a far-reaching agenda to improve conditions throughout the City, but we worry that he may fall short on some of the lofty goals he proposed. As we discuss elsewhere in this issue, in his speech, the Mayor announced a plan […]

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Sheldon Silver Must Step Down

While the presumption of innocence is always an alluring defense for politicians, the integrity of the office of Assembly Speaker, as well that of the Legislative body over which the office presides, is of greater importance than any one person. The revelations about Speaker Sheldon Silver’s alleged misconduct is a stain on Albany, and the […]

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