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A Much-Need Focus On Criminal Justice

Kudos to Councilman Rory Lancman, who after he found himself on the bottom of the totem pole as a freshman in Melissa Mark-Viverito’s caucus, took it upon himself to latch onto an issue and bring it to the forefront. Lancman was one of the only freshman council members not to receive a chairmanship from the […]

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Go Back To The Drawing Board

For a city as big and diverse of New York, one size doesn’t fit all. The mayor’s zoning amendments may work for Manhattan or Brooklyn, but Queens is a very different place. First, affordable housing MUST include parking. Not all of Queens is served by adequate public transit. Especially in eastern neighborhoods like Bayside and […]

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Our Parks Are Not For Profit

As our borough president said, Queens is becoming a premier destination for arts and entertainment, and that is great for our borough. But the plan announced this week by MSG to hold a three-day music festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park is worrisome. Not so much because of the crowds or the noise – though […]

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Barry Grodenchik For City Council

Council District 23 is at a disadvantage. They lost a representative with high seniority and valuable experience when Mark Weprin stepped down to work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Nov. 3, voters will elect someone to replace Weprin and that person will walk into the City Council at the bottom in seniority. Weprin’s replacement will […]

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It Took Long Enough

This week’s recognition of slain cop Philip Cardillo with a street re-naming outside the police academy in College Point led to us wondering why it took more than 40 years for our city to honor one of its fallen cops. It is unconscionable that it took this long to give Cardillo an honor cops today […]

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Homeless Deserve Dignity

Despite reports that the city inspectors were denied access to the Pan Am emergency shelter, the Department of Buildings says they have had access to the shelter and there are no code violations there. That’s good news. If it’s true. But excuse us if we’re skeptical. We have reason to be suspicious of anything the […]

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Quiet! Listen To Rep. Meng

For decades, Queens has bore the brunt of airplane noise. It’s a trade off we make for the millions upon millions of dollars JFK and LaGuardia pump into the local economy, and the jobs the airports provide. We’re happy to make that trade, but in recent years, the noise of jets coming to and from […]

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One Small Step Toward Combatting Homelessness

After months of being criticized for not taking the problem seriously, Mayor de Blasio has finally acknowledged the city’s homeless crisis and unveiled a plan to deal with it. It’s a good step. Providing aid to those in danger of losing their homes will help stem the tide of homeless families on the street and […]

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