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Making New York Affordable

It is not debatable that New York City is becoming unaffordable. According to Census estimates, the average household income in the city is just above $50,000 a year. That’s down more than 6 percent from last decade. Meanwhile rent continues to surge. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to force developers to include at least 25 […]

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Protect Broadway-Flushing’s Character

Broadway-Flushing residents have – for the better part of a decade now – been trying to get their neighborhood named a historic district to prevent “out of character” development from being constructed in the neighborhoods of colonial and Tudor homes. The 2009 rezoning, which downzoned much of the community, was a good step, but we […]

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DHS Smoke And Mirrors

According to Councilman Ruben Wills, the Department of Homeless Services finally removed registered sex offenders from the Skyview homeless shelter in South Ozone Park – located just several blocks from a public school. Or so they tell him. Ever since the city changed the shelter overlooking the Belt Parkway from a family facility to a […]

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Bob Friedrich For Council

Democrats in the 23rd Council District have a difficult choice to make next week when they pick their nominee to succeed Mark Weprin. Six candidates are vying for the nomination to take on Republican Joe Concannon in the fall. Barry Grodenchik has touted his endorsements from elected officials and party leaders, what he has lacked […]

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Classrooms, Not Trailers

With all there is to criticize the de Blasio administration over, the establishment of Universal Pre-Kindergarten citywide is arguably one of his more successful accomplishments. The fact that his administration was able to get off the ground, with few problems, a massive program to provide education for tens of thousands of four-year-olds citywide, is something […]

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We Should Have Known

It is frightening that we are only now learning that Legionnaire’s Disease, which has killed at least a dozen people in the Bronx, was found in Queens months ago, at Flushing’s Bland Houses But if what State Sen. Toby Stavisky said is true, and the outbreak was purposely kept quiet to prevent a panic, then […]

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Enough Is Enough NYC

For too long Queens has been the city’s escape plan for the homeless. In the past, rather than dealing with the depressing state of homelessness, and mental health issues, the answer has been to stuff these unfortunate souls into shelters tucked deep into our minority and low-income communities. As a result, vagrancy has been on […]

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A Better Queens Library

Last year the Queens Library went through an ordeal when it was discovered then-CEO Tom Galante and other top officials misused funds. The revelation left Queens and the rest of the library system shaken and threatened the reputation of the Queens Library, one of the most highly-regarded library systems in the country, and the public’s […]

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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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