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 […]

Resume Talks Now

The potential for disaster with the impending Long Island Rail Road strike over the weekend is a far-reaching situation that would damage not only municipal revenue, but the earning potential for everyone who relies on the LIRR to get to work every day. While the MTA has released suggested “contingency plans” to get around without […]

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 […]

Queens Today July 11-17

Queens Today July 11-17

Mobb Deep Queensbridge Park, Thursday, 7/17, 7-9 p.m (see below). FRIDAY 7/11 YOGA IN THE GARDEN Bring your yoga mats and enjoy a sunset yoga session in Flushing Town Hall’s garden, starting at 7 p.m. Teachers from Yumcha Yoga Studio will lead everyone in a series of poses, followed by kirtan singing from the Indian […]

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 […]

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. […]

World Cup Fever

States and Germany World Cup match last week, Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann wrote up a mock excuse note for employees to give to their managers to take the day off. The majority of us nine-to-fivers laughed it off and wished our boss would accept an excuse like that. But, a couple of offices jumped on […]

OP-ED: Common-Sense Paid Family Leave Needed

By ASSEMBLYWOMAN CATHERINE NOLAN At the most critical moments of our lives, far too many of us New Yorkers face an impossible decision: “Do I choose my family or do I choose my job?” There are times when our families as well as our jobs need us. We have a newborn, a child is seriously […]

Crowley Calls For NYPD Civilianization

In an effort to increase the number of uniformed police officers on the streets, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) joined Public Safety Chair Vanessa Gibson, Public Advocate Letitia James and Local 1549 of District Council 37 in calling on the NYPD to civilianize hundreds of administrative positions currently being performed by uniformed officers. At the […]