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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Following Through On Participatory Budgeting

The City has asked that each Council Member engage their constituents in establishing a priority list of Capital projects and voting to fund up to $1 million. This is a good step towards empowering communities to take hold of municipal spending. It removes the backroom deals of who gets the largess in capital projects. Transparency […]

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Kids Should Come First  

Ultimately, parents are responsible for their children. It is well within their right to refuse to allow their children to take State tests, if that is what they choose, as an increasing number of parents in Queens have done. But there are parents who are opting out of the tests not because they question the […]

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Don’t Eliminate Parking

The proposal from the City Department of Planning to ease parking requirements in a so-called “Transit Zone” to encourage more affordable and senior housing is a bad idea. In much of the Borough, parking is impossible. In neighborhoods in the “Transit Zone,” like Astoria, Jackson Heights, Ridgewood, Flushing, Woodhaven and Jamaica, residents have long complained […]

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Smart Growth In Queens

The news that Queens’ population has grown by 90,000 this decade so far is worth cautious optimism. On one hand it seems we have closed the door on the urban decay of the latter 20th Century. Queens is becoming home to new arrivals and young professionals who are keeping our economy thriving. But this growth […]

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