New Year, Fresh Start

With a number of tragic and unfortunate events from 2014 still fresh in our minds, we set our calendars to a new year with hope for prosperity, peace and goodwill, not just in Queens, but throughout the City. We are still reeling from the deaths of two police officers in Brooklyn just two weeks ago. […]

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A Call For Peace

The tragic shooting of two NYPD patrolmen in Brooklyn on Saturday was a chilling reminder that tensions in New York City remain high at a time when race relations between the police and the City’s African American community remain frayed. As thousands of New Yorkers – and millions of others across the country – staged […]

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Keeping The Library Strong

The Queens Public Library system has long been recognized as a leader in educational programs and community involvement. The most tragic aspect of the public relations issues that the library has faced this year is likely the fact that the bad publicity could cause problems when it comes to raising money in order to continue […]

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The Great Digital Divide

New York City has long been recognized as the “Greatest City in the World,” but in order to stay ahead of other emerging cities, New York needs to continue to lead the way in innovation and stay a leader in world-class services. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s LinkNYC plan to create thousands of digital hubs that […]

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Tech Support Needed?

Perhaps we should not be surprised by the recent audit from Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office that revealed problems within the Dept. of Education and its use – or misuse – of laptops and tablets purchased for 10 facilities throughout the City. After all, during the previous administration, the City Dept. of Education was never the […]

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Compromise Needed

Community complaints over noise conditions and other issues stemming from the Boroughs’ two major airports have long been heated topics, with different groups offering a number of different proposals to solve the problems. But it seems likely that a compromise on the issue is a long way away, as the various civic groups seeking satisfaction […]

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A Mess Made Of Shelters

Leave it to a City agency to take an effort to help those in need and turn it into a nearly toxic situation on a number of different fronts. The homeless problem in this City continues to spiral out of control, and we do not argue that something needs to be done. But there are […]

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Moving Forward With Affordable Development?

While the proposed development at Astoria Cove has been somewhat divisive, we are pleased to see that some of the lingering questions about housing and labor seem to have been addressed this week. As developers tried to move forward on the plans, an agreement on union labor and a question about the amount of affordable […]

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Keep Working On Ed. Reforms

As he approaches the end of his first year in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio obviously still has a number of challenges to face as he tries to improve the quality of life in New York City. We are encouraged by his announcement this week of an initiative to improve City schools, although we acknowledge […]

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