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Uber Drivers Deserve To Be Heard

This week, several hundred Uber drivers rallied in Long Island City against the ride-share company’s rate cuts. Rate cuts are good for customers, but drivers say it cuts into their profits as they would have to work longer to make the same amount of money. If drivers feel the price cut is digging into their […]

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A Success Story In Our Schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week that for the first time in recent history, the city’s high school graduation rate has surpassed 70 percent for those graduating in four years. It’s great to hear some excellent news about our schools. Credit should also go to de Blasio’s predecessor, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who single-handily restructured […]

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The World’s Park

We hope the Parks Department’s rejection of a proposal for a music festival to be held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is not the final word on the plan. While we share the concerns of the mayor and the borough president, who worry that a music festival would cut off access to the park for […]

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Value The Family

We hear a lot of talk from our elected officials about “family values.” But it always seemed that those who fight for “family values” drew the line when it came to the workplace. We’re glad to see Mayor Bill de Blasio extend six weeks of parental leave to non-union city employees. It is a necessary […]

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The Voice Of Queens

When we sat down to decide who would be your 2015 Person of the Year, one name immediately popped in our minds: Borough President Melinda Katz Whether it was taking the proactive approach to pushing for a change in the law allowing her to remove members of the Queens Library Board of Trustees who voted […]

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We Still Need A High School

Northeast Queens officials and residents can breathe a sigh of relief. The planned high school at 30-28 Linden Place has been scrapped. For months, residents, civic leaders and elected officials fought the plan, saying the location, just off the Whitestone Expressway, was a bad place for a school. Sound familiar? The same thing happened last […]

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Regulate, Don’t Ban, Airbnb

Today, people are naturally looking for ways to live on a budget. Airbnb provides them with that opportunity – offering cheaper accommodations than hotels, providing you don’t mind staying in some stranger’s apartment. What occurred in Elmhurst, where tenants subdivided a three-bedroom apartment and turned into ten rooms, which they then allegedly rented out on […]

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Safety For ALL Schools 

We’re glad to see the City Council overwhelmingly passed legislation to reimburse private religious schools for the cost of their security, despite opposition from groups like the New York Civil Liberties Union and Councilman Danny Dromm, chairman of the Education Committee. In our view, this is just common sense. Currently public schools are entitled to […]

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Explore The Busway Idea

For the past several years, the ongoing debate over what to do, if anything, with the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line has become entangled with the ongoing debate over how to improve transit access in South Queens. Reactivation of the rail line as a subway or light rail has been proposed and met with public […]

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