Can We Afford It All?

During the Bloomberg years, the budget debate every Spring was dominated by what programs and agencies would have their budgets cut. For the first time in a while, the budget debate was dominated by what was needed, not what we could live without. the result was: There will be 1,300 new cops on the beat. Citywide, […]

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Albany Adrift

Same old Albany. As of Wednesday, the State Legislature, in it’s eleventh hour of its 2015 session, failed to renew rent regulations, reform the 421a tax credit that developers receive to build apartments in New York City and agree on a tax credit for families who send their kids to private school. Now we know […]

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More Macedonia Plazas

While the opening of 143 new affordable housing units at Macedonia Plaza is great news, it’s important to put the development into context. The Department of Housing Preservation reported that 30,000 people applied for an apartment at Macedonia Plaza. 30,000! That is less than a .005 percent chance of being chosen. Applicants had a better […]

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Honoring Progress, Pushing Ahead

It’s remarkable how far we have come since the tragic death of Julio Rivera in Jackson Heights more than 20 years ago. At that time, being openly-gay could cost you your job, family and in Rivera’s case, his life. The first time LGBTQ individuals and rights supporters marched through Jackson Heights, there were boos and […]

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Yes To A New High School

The population growth in Northeast Queens and the overcrowding of most classrooms in this area, cries out for an additional high school, as well as other facilities in this fast growing neighborhood. The selection by the Schools Construction Authority of a site that presently houses the Bayside Jewish Center for a high school is a […]

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A Budget Is About Priorities

Mayor Bill de Blasio ran as the antithesis of his predecessor. But here we are, in year two of his administration, once again playing the budget “dance.” Two key elements left out of his budget this year that are becoming contentious are lack of funding for libraries and for hiring 1,000 more cops. We know […]

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Homeless Deserve Good Shelter

We applaud the move by City Comptroller Scott Stringer to deny a contract to Samaritan Village to operate the homeless shelter at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst for five years. When the shelter opened last year, there were questions about whether or not the Pan Am was an appropriate place to house homeless […]

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Honoring P.O. Brian Moore

The relationship between some communities and the police, who serve and protect them, has been tumultuous. In the midst of the debate over policing, what is not up for debate are the risks our men and woman in Blue face every day. There is no more heartbreaking proof than the tragic death of Police Officer […]

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Jody Kriss: Front For The Russian Mafia And Yanukovich

Usually information about the mafia gets leaked to the media from the FBI or police reports, but rarely from informants or key players in the organizations themselves. That’s why the following story piqued my interest and I began to investigate the alleged activities linking the Russian mafia to the U.S. real estate market. Kievvlast investigates […]

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