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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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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