Classrooms, Not Trailers

With all there is to criticize the de Blasio administration over, the establishment of Universal Pre-Kindergarten citywide is arguably one of his more successful accomplishments. The fact that his administration was able to get off the ground, with few problems, a massive program to provide education for tens of thousands of four-year-olds citywide, is something […]

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We Should Have Known

It is frightening that we are only now learning that Legionnaire’s Disease, which has killed at least a dozen people in the Bronx, was found in Queens months ago, at Flushing’s Bland Houses But if what State Sen. Toby Stavisky said is true, and the outbreak was purposely kept quiet to prevent a panic, then […]

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Enough Is Enough NYC

For too long Queens has been the city’s escape plan for the homeless. In the past, rather than dealing with the depressing state of homelessness, and mental health issues, the answer has been to stuff these unfortunate souls into shelters tucked deep into our minority and low-income communities. As a result, vagrancy has been on […]

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A Better Queens Library

Last year the Queens Library went through an ordeal when it was discovered then-CEO Tom Galante and other top officials misused funds. The revelation left Queens and the rest of the library system shaken and threatened the reputation of the Queens Library, one of the most highly-regarded library systems in the country, and the public’s […]

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LaGuardia: Tip Of The Iceberg 

Since the last century, LaGuardia Airport has been an embarrassment to Queens and the city. An airport constructed during the term of its namesake, Fiorella LaGuardia, one of our most progressive and beloved mayors, has become obsolete and a punchline. When Vice President Joe Biden called LaGuardia a “third-world airport” last year, many called it […]

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What Ever Happened To Mayoral Control?

More than a decade ago, the antiquated, corrupted, dysfunctional system that was the Board of Education was replaced with a Department of Education in which the mayor has a monopoly of power. Mayoral control was one of the first policy items former Mayor Bloomberg sought to enact. Now that there’s a new mayor, suddenly mayoral […]

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Uber Win For New York City

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council have decided to fight a senseless battle against Uber, the company that allows you to hail a cab via your smartphone. Legislation supported by the mayor and the Council would cap the number of drivers Uber can hire in the city. We can’t wrap our heads around […]

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Regaining Our Trust

The audit released Wednesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer that shows rampant misuse of funds by former Queens Library CEO Tom Galante is unsurprising. For many years, the library has been one of the organizations that has faced the axe in budget negotiations. They have always pleaded with the public to pressure elected officials on the […]

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Change The Maps

While FEMA contends that it was redrawing the flood zone maps before Superstorm Sandy, they are now drawing in NEW communities that saw flooding for the first time  into their new flood zone maps. This strikes us as not fair. Homeowners in Long Island City, Howard Beach and Rosedale that never experienced flooding before Sandy would […]

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