Op-Ed: The Real Tale Of Two Cities

BY ANDREW SIEGEL State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced new steps to assist unbanked New Yorkers gain access to bank accounts; namely, by limiting the use of predatory financial background checks of prospective customers. New York’s licensed check cashers applaud these efforts. But we proudly note that we have been providing low-cost financial services […]

Bring Civic Virtue Back To Queens

To The Editor: An open letter to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz: Last week, I was in the audience at Queens Community Board 9 and heard you speak about how the election of Bill de Blasio represented a “change” towards greater responsiveness to communities’ needs, which you said reverberated to all elected officials, including yourself. […]

Group Advocating For Civic Virtue Forms

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The push to bring back the Triumph of Civic Virtue statue to Queens has been renewed. A new group, which is called the Civic Virtue Task Force, has formed to advocate for the structure to be returned to where it used to be displayed near Queens Borough Hall. The statue […]

Education Chair Opposes Junior ROTC

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), chair of the City Council Education Committee, said last week at a City Hall hearing that he opposes Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs in high schools. JROTC was founded through the National Defense Act of 1916. Its mission today is to teach subjects […]

Local Officials In Favor Of City Minimum Wage

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer One of the several sources of tension between New York City and Albany – the debate over a municipal minimum wage – took a step in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s direction last week. While de Blasio wants the City to have the option to set its own minimum wage, Gov. […]

Crowley Rallies To #BringBack OurGirls

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) joined Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and a coalition of City, State, federal legislators, and advocates on Monday, May 12 on the steps of City Hall to rally in support of the Nigerian families calling for the safe return of more than 250 young girls who were abducted from their schools three […]

The Next Generation

      The Vallone name is well-known in political circles, but this trio may not be as familiar. Councilman Paul Vallone recently brought his three children, Lea, Catena and Charlie, on a tour of City Hall, where they posed with a portrait of their grandfather, former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. Photo courtesy of […]

OP-ED: Queens Schools Need More Arts Education Funding

BY COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER Our City is getting a failing grade when it comes to Arts Education. My office just released a first-of-its-kind report, “State of the Arts,” showing that, after years of crippling cuts in Queens and other communities, 20 percent of our middle and high schools across New York City do not have […]

Inner Circle Gets Out

When the Inner Circle gets together, interesting things end up happening. Like what, you may ask? How about Mayor Bill de Blasio rockin’ an afro, much like his son Dante‘s famous ‘do? The Inner Circle Show, an annual charity variety show in which City Hall press corps roasts the present Mayor, was in full gear […]

Vallone Honored For Animal Protection

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Reporter Former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. has been named one of America’s Top 10 Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2013, his final year in the City Council, he successfully initiated and passed a registry of animal abusers, one of the first in the nation. The impetus for […]