Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015


How to keep Francis’ message alive

I was heartened that during his visit to New York City, Pope Francis shed light on the prevalence of poverty across the globe. Almost anywhere you go, you only need to look around to see that poverty rages rampant in our city, country and world. Sadly, in 2015—203 years since the New York City Mission Society was founded—our work is now more critical than ever. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015


Voters should take action about the Iran nuclear deal

President Obama and the Democratic Party have failed the American people. The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran not only preserves Iran’s capabilities for developing nuclear weapons, but guarantees the expansion of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Iran was classified as “the world’s foremost leader in state sponsored terrorism” by our State Department, and now this deal grants $150 billion to fund Iran’s terrorist activities and its proxies, putting Israel and our allies at risk. Comment.

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Friday, Oct. 2, 2015


Three candidates to face off in general election for Council District 23

Rebecca Lynch is still in the running in the general election for the vacant eastern Queens City Council seat, but she has not said whether she would still be mounting a campaign. Comments (2).

Conflict of interest bill receives hearing

A controversial piece of legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) which seeks to amend and expand the city’s oversight of nonprofit organizations that receive funding from the city got its first hearing in front of the Council’s contracts committee last week. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015


Gianaris pushes for voter reform at City Hall

In the aftermath of National Voter Registration Day, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) took to the steps of City Hall Wednesday and called for the enactment of the Voter Empowerment Act. Comments (1).

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

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For 2016 campaign, outsiders are the in thing

When we consider the three leading candidates in the Democratic presidential primary, including Vice President Joseph Biden, both Bernie Sanders and Biden are in their early 70s. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in her late 60s—as is the leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Comments (2).

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015


Stringer calls for paid leave reform

Momentum is growing for the passage in the state Senate of a bill that would expand paid family leave time for New Yorkers. A report released earlier this month by City Comptroller Scott Stringer urged the Senate to pass the Paid Family Leave Insurance Act, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood). Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015


Avella opposes Vallone bill on restrictive covenants

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is saying a bill introduced by City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) that seeks to protect deed-restricted properties is weak. Comment.

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