Airbnb Commercials Are Misleading

BY COUNCILMAN MARK WEPRIN The other night, while I was watching television, an Airbnb commercial appeared on the screen. The spot, which is part of Airbnb’s new ad campaign, depicts a Brooklyn family sharing their home with tourists visiting the Big Apple. As the cozy group sat at the dinner table and shared stories, I […]

City Council Restores Peter F. Vallone Scholarship

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The Peter F. Vallone Scholarship is back. Missing from the budget since 2011, the scholarship that gives financial relief to thousands of CUNY students was restored for the Fiscal Year 2015 budget that was passed by the City Council on June 25. It will start up again for this fall’s […]

City Monitor For Sandy Recovery

Councilmembers Eric Ulrich and Mark Treyger introduced legislation last month that would create a city monitor at the Department of Investigations (DOI) to ensure the honest, proper and efficient use of taxpayer dollars earmarked for Superstorm Sandy recovery. This legislation requires the DOI Commissioner to investigate instances of waste, fraud and abuse in order to […]

Welcome Back, Scholarship

It was with great pleasure that we reported on the reinstatement of the Peter F. Vallone Sr. Scholarship this week. For more than 10 years, the scholarship assisted students – regardless of immigration status – by giving them money to go to the City University of New York. While New York State continues to debate […]

City Council Approves Municipal IDs

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer All New Yorkers, regardless of citizenship, are now eligible for City identification cards. The City Council voted last Thursday to approve the creation of municipal IDs, which would allow undocumented New Yorkers to open bank accounts, obtain a driver’s license, enroll in a public school and access other City services. […]

Rest In Peace Phil Ragusa

To The Editor: I have just read the news with much sadness of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I have met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with. These were at former Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign kickoff in Queens, former Senator Frank Padavan’s campaigns and […]

Middle Schools Get Universal Free Lunches

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced last Thursday that funding for free lunch at all public middle schools in the City will be included in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The City allocated $6.25 million to fund the lunch program, which will feed about 170,000 […]

DOE Opposes ‘Avonte’s Law’

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Avonte’s Law met resistance from the DOE in a City Council hearing last Friday. This bill is named for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old austistic student who was found dead after he went missing from PS 277 in Long Island City last winter. It would require the installation of alarms at […]