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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Borough-wide Transit Plan Needed

It’s no secret that the borough’s transportation infrastructure is, at best, lacking, at worst, grossly insufficient. Subways, buses and streets are congested even beyond normal rush hours. We are intrigued by plans to implement Select Bus Service in two parts of the borough – along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, and along Main Street between […]

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Honoring The Women Of Queens

In 1970, when the Queens Tribune published its first issue, all of the Borough’s elected officials were men. Today, Queens is represented by women in all levels of government; the City Council, the State Assembly, the State Senate and both houses of Congress. Notably, our last three borough presidents have been women, a change from […]

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Don’t Play Games With Education

As the debate continues between the United Federation of Teachers and Albany politicians over the future of education in New York State, the question over funding our schools should not be so divisive. Few would disagree that an underfunded school is bad for children. Shortly after being sworn into his first term in 2011, Gov. […]

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Revisiting Rent Regulations

It’s no secret that rents in New York City are high. But when it comes to providing affordable housing for residents, it is certainly, as Mayor de Blasio famously stated in his 2013 campaign, “a tale of two cities.” Why are big developers constructing luxury towers with apartments that are selling for millions of dollars […]

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Make The Money Worth It

Last Thursday, the MTA sponsored a $500,000 public workshop at Queensborough Community College on bus service in Northeast Queens, part of an ongoing study that will determine whether or not transit in that part of the borough is lacking, and what can be done to improve it. There are few people in Northeast Queens who […]

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