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April, 2018

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We need to make sure our trees are safe

As the summer season approaches, more and more people fill the sidewalks and parks of our city. There are the thousands of trees that line those sidewalks and fill those parks. Are they safe to walk under? Comment
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Put money back into the hands of people

The property tax system in this city has been broken for decades. Comments (1)
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A dose of doo-wop

While strolling through Central Park near Bethesda Fountain last Sunday, I was drawn to the strains of songs of the 1950s being performed by a group of gentlemen who call themselves Cover Story. Their music, affectionately referred to as doo wop, revived many fond memories, uplifted my spirits and made me smile. It even stirred my patriotic pride because those sounds could not have been created anywhere else on the planet. Sadly there are some who are of the opinion that the “classic songs of the ‘50s” represented an era of repression and segregation. Comment
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Excessive airplane noise must be reduced

For the last three days, and as I write this letter to the editor, it sounds like a ballistic missile is screaming above the homes of the Broadway-Flushing Historic District. I am sure it is much worse in downtown Flushing. Comments (1)
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Do Congress members even read legislation before voting?

Today’s generation in Congress could learn much from the late Idaho Republican Sen. James A. McClure, who died seven years ago on Feb. 26, 2011. Comments (1)
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Community Board 1 launches Ravenswood survey

Community Board 1 is launching a community survey to gather input from residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the Ravenswood neighborhood. Comment
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Support bike lines in Sunnyside, Woodside

As a Sunnyside father and husband, I support the installation of protected bike lanes and safer crosswalks for pedestrians on Skillman and 43rd avenues. Let me tell you why. Comments (6)
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An open letter to DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia

I am writing with concerns about overcrowding at the Queens 1 district garage. Comments (2)

March, 2018

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Canadian newsprint is not the enemy — tariffs are

Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. Comment
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Demand more women lawmakers in city government

Susan B. Anthony said in 1897, “There will never be complete equality until women themselves help make laws and elect lawmakers.” Comments (7)
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MTA should restore original Freedom Ticket plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s “Freedom Ticket” program is gearing up to become a broken promise that represents a classic bait-and-switch on Queens. Comments (6)
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Celebrate spring with healthier eating habits

With three crippling nor’easters battering the East Coast in quick succession, we’ve all been looking forward to March 20, first day of spring, balmy weather, and flowers in bloom. Comment
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One way to help prevent school violence

The tragic school shootings and the growing number of mindless acts of mayhem have stirred emotions and provoked debates about the root causes of these events. The most contentious aspects of the debates are the accessibility and the kinds of weapons used. Comments (1)
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Praise for the Zucker Hillside Hospital

I would like to praise the Zucker Hillside Hospital for all they do in the mental health field to help the many in need. Comments (1)
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A closer look at arming teachers

UFT President Michael Mulgrew is on record that he does not support the idea of his members (teachers) carrying firearms in school. Comments (2)
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An open letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota

We write today to bring to your attention the problems posed by a proposed revision to the “Freedom Ticket” plan that would significantly limit the plan’s effectiveness by preventing commuters from using Freedom Tickets to travel to and from Penn Station. Comments (1)
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Catholic HS principals support victims of Florida shooting

As the principals of the Catholic high schools of Brooklyn and Queens, we have kept the administration, faculty, staff, students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in our prayers since the thoughtless tragedy on Feb.14. Comment

February, 2018

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Pols must do more to improve USPS

Complaints by Queens Congress members Joe Crowley, Grace Meng and Gregory Meeks to Postmaster General Megan Brennan concerning problems with delivery of mail to constituents offer no solutions (“Queens pols fight for better USPS service” Naeisha Rose, Feb. 2). Comments (1)
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Cuomo needs to consider early voting to improve voter turnout

Thank you to state Senators Michael Gianaris, Joseph Addabbo, and Leroy Comrie for their efforts to improve voter turnout by making it easier for New Yorkers to register to vote. Comments (3)
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DA’s disparity

There are many ways that Queens gets the short end of the stick when it comes to city funding, and the allocation of resources to the Queens District Attorney’s Office is no exception. Comment
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New York City must make smart decision regarding commercial waste

Every day, it’s no small miracle that the 12,000 tons of waste, recyclables, and organics generated by the city’s businesses and industries are managed by a small, efficient, and resourceful cadre of companies. Comment
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There’s more to the IDC than meets the eye

In the last 18 months, I immersed myself in a lot of things, one of which was understanding state politics. Comment
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Off the mark

President Trump’s State of the Union speech was disappointing, and held very little hope or promise for African Americans and other minorities. Comment
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Legal injection centers not the answer to opioid crisis

The opioid crisis is inflicting all of our communities at an alarming rate. Comments (2)
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Everyone can help prevent fire tragedies

I was watching a most insightful ABC-TV program on fire safety on Saturday. It was called “Operation 7: Save a Life.” Comments (2)
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Support our charter schools

As a Neighborhood Coordination Officer in the New York Police Department, I spend my days strengthening the relationships between police officers and Queens communities. In my efforts to make New York a safer, stronger city, I’ve gotten to know my community inside and out, and I’ve learned a lot of important lessons. Comments (1)

January, 2018

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Cleaning Up Mess Transit

Here in Eastern Queens, we are more than familiar with the term “transit desert.” Look no further than our Assembly district to see the lack of public transit options: without a single subway or train station, transit riders depend on buses as their primary mode of public transit. Comments (1)
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Demanding better mail service in Queens

We write to you regarding the ongoing and serious problems with mail delivery in our congressional districts in Queens. Comments (1)
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Islanders’ new arena will lead to more traffic on Cross Island Parkway

I read with dismay that an 18,000-seat hockey and concert arena will be built at Belmont Park for the New York Islanders. Comments (3)
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Breaking the silence

There has been a series of explosive reports from many women coming forth to reveal painful memories of sexual abuses. Comment
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The color of immigration

President Trump recently referred to the countries from which some immigrants enter our country as “s--thole.” Comments (4)
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Well-intentioned tree should be moved

During the December tree lightings and related festivities, it was so seemingly easy for the NYC Parks Department to ignore the advocacy of Sen. Tony Avella and Dr. Charles Lombardi, urging department not to plant a tree right outside Lombardi’s medical facility on Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment
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Public deserves to see details of the LIRR’s ballooning third-track budget

There is more to “LIRR expansion project contracts awarded, work to begin Jan. 2018” (Mark Hallum, Dec. 26), concerning the recent approval of $1.8 billion in contracts awarded to the joint-venture 3rd Track Constructors for design, engineering, community outreach and construction of the Long Island Rail Road Main Line third track. Comments (17)
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It’s time to give the original Willets Point plan to another developer

Good and responsible government does not exist in the absence of transparency and in particular when it involves land-use matters that have been notorious in favoring real estate interests and those with political connections. Comment
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Bail relief overdue

In November 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city was planning to create an online bail payment system to make it easier for individuals and family members to post bail. These are individuals who a Court already deemed could be set free while awaiting trial, if they can come up with a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. The administration claimed that the system would be up and running by spring 2017. Comment
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Railway needs could delay Islanders’ arena

There is more to “Islanders arena on tap near Belmont Race Track: Cuomo” (Mark Hallum, Dec. 22) when it comes to Gov. Cuomo’s promise of significant increases in Long Island Rail Road service to coincide with the Islanders stadium’s planned opening by 2020 at Belmont Park, which may be unrealsitic. Comment
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Congratulations on President Trump’s first year

We celebrate President Trump’s first year of extraordinary achievements. This is a joyous Christmas season and a Happy New Year for millions of Americans as we rejoice in the pinnacle of our freedom, prosperity, opportunity and dreams for the future. Comments (2)

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