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November, 2018

Jackson Heights

Queens lost a ‘truly great warrior’ in Jose Peralta

Our community has lost a truly great warrior. Comment

A Thanksgiving message from the Queens Borough President

Thanksgiving is about reflection. Comments (8)

Why we should all stop eating at McDonald’s

I write to you to express my shame toward a place I frequented and adored during my childhood years. Comments (5)

Where is MTA’s feasibility study?

Whatever happened to the promised MTA feasibility study for restoration of LIRR service on the old Rockaway Beach line? Comments (2)
Glen Oaks

Seniors must go out and vote

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. It is a time for all registered voters to do our civic duty and vote. Comments (5)

No more chokeholds

Last month, I hosted a film screening and panel discussion at the Queens Library of “By Any Means Necessary,” a new documentary examining why police officers use chokeholds against non-violent, minor offenders. Comment

October, 2018


Grant money can bring ferry to northeast Queens

There is money available to support a ferry to northeast Queens (“Public feedback could bring ferry to NE Qns,” Bill Parry -- Sept. 28). All Mayor Bill de Blasio has to do is ask NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to submit grant applications to both the Federal Transit Administration Passenger Ferry Program and New York state Department of Transportation. Comments (3)

September, 2018


Continue investing in public transportation

National Car Free Day on Sept. 22 should be celebrated everyday. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Heavy rain is putting residents at risk

As a concerned citizen who lives in Fresh Meadows, I am very worried about what is happening to our trees after all of this recent heavy rain, which has totaled nearly a foot since mid-July, causing extremely saturated soils all across the area. Comment

Put down your cell phone and just drive

Cambridge Mobile Telematics, which offers an app to motorists to track their road habits, says 50 percent of New York drivers are reported to be speeding while on their cell phones as they drive. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Parks Department needs more funding to maintain boro trees

Now that the new fiscal year for New York City has begun and the City Council has appropriated new budgets for all city departments, the city Parks Department must continue to fight for significantly more funding so that it can continue its very hard work of maintaining the city’s street and park trees throughout the five boroughs. Comments (3)

August, 2018


Possible solutions to city’s affordable housing crisis

I am writing you about an issue that plagues New York City residents: affordable housing. New York City is NOT an affordable place to live for the working and middle class. Comments (1)

Why I’m voting for Tony Avella

I will be voting for state Sen. Tony Avella in both the primary and the general election. When Sen. Avella defeated the great former Sen. Frank Padavan, I was devastated, as the former senator’s advertising slogans used to say, “Nobody Cared Like Frank.” Comments (2)

Public response to curbing gun violence pays off

Across the nation, we have all been witness to the distressing routine: People are murdered by gun violence — we experience collective outrage, calls for tighter gun control laws, calls for greater mental health awareness and truly heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the victims. Comments (3)

Trump undermines our freedom of expression

Republicans are right when they say it’s important to support newspapers, especially local papers. But I wonder if they’re aware that in March, President Trump imposed a tariff of up to 30 percent on Canadian uncoated paper. Comments (4)

LIRR falling short

Recent news that the Long Island Rail Road will fail to meet the Federal Rail Road Administration December 2018 deadline for completing 100 percent systemwide installation of Positive Train Control comes as no surprise to those of us who worked in the transit industry. Comments (2)

Corruption, wasted taxpayer money has become the norm in Albany

As Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly Speaker was sentenced to seven years for kickbacks, I was appalled by the state that the Albany legislative body is in today. All the corruption and wasted taxpayer dollars seems not to anger the incumbent elected officials. I know there are some that are upset, but not enough politicians are speaking out on the rampant corruption that Albany is faced with. Comments (7)
Forest Hills

Registering to vote more important than ever

With the local and mid-term elections swiftly approaching, eligible New Yorkers of all backgrounds and political leanings must register to vote and those who are already registered should make sure others in their communities are prepared to cast their ballots. Comments (5)

No term limits for community boards

The NYC Charter Revision Commission is currently considering various changes to the city charter that would amend various governmental practices in our city. Comments (2)

Support your local diners

The closing of Briarwood’s Flagship Diner is disappointing. I have enjoyed many excellent meals for decades when frequenting any one of our many local diners, including the Flagship. Over the years, we have seen the demise of too many others, including the Bel Aire (Astoria), Gold Star (Bayside), Seville (Douglaston), Sage (Elmhurst), Saravan (Flushing), Palace (Flushing), Future (Fresh Meadows), Fame (Jamaica), Scobees Grill (Little Neck) and others. Comments (3)

Opportunity Zones provide chances for those struggling

It is no secret that economically there are numerous neighborhoods across Queens that are struggling. Comments (2)

We need a new marijuana enforcement policy in Queens

The time has come for Queens to follow the lead of Manhattan and Brooklyn and stop prosecuting low-level marijuana possession and smoking cases, once and for all. It’s not fair, it’s not right, and it’s not worth it. Comments (8)

July, 2018


Loving your country a part of Muslim religion

My closest friend’s family, and even colleagues are first, second, or third-generation immigrants. I didn’t choose them for this reason, we just seemed to click this way. Comments (3)

Give public transportation a try

July 2018 marks the 54th anniversary of federal government support for public transportation. Comments (4)

Human Trafficking Courts are making a huge difference in New York

Human trafficking is a horrifying reality in New York City. Comments (2)

June, 2018


Specialized test prep program a real success

As city and state leaders prepare to take up the challenge of evaluating and possibly changing the admissions process for New York City’s specialized high schools, it is essential they consider the great strides already being made from the ground up to expand access to these excellent institutions. Comments (1)

Queens will support its immigrants

President Trump’s immigration policy is dehumanizing individuals, ripping children from the arms of their parents and tearing families apart. Comments (6)

Miller: Ozone Park homeless shelters aren’t the answer

An open letter to Mayor de Blasio, Comments (3)

Letter to the Editor: Community Board 2 votes against bike lane proposal

Bravo to Community Board 2 in Queens for voting down the ill-conceived protected bike lane proposal. Comments (1)

Letter to the Editor: MTA needs funding, and it needs it now

While Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue to fight over who is responsible for the management and funding of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Washington continues to be a reliable financial partner. Comments (3)

Letter to the Editor: Raise the smoking age

It’s June once again, and a proposed New York State Tobacco 21-minimum legal sales age law is once again in jeopardy of running out of time. With bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly, both full chambers in Albany should be given an opportunity to pass this common sense, bipartisan-supported law. Comments (2)

Marijuana reform is necessary in Queens

Last month, a front page New York Times story about the city’s marijuana possession enforcement set off alarm bells. Comments (3)

May, 2018


Eat these healthy foods at your Memorial Day barbecues

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Comment

Thank you, President Trump

Jerusalem is now recognized as the capital of Israel by the United States. Comments (8)

Happy anniversary to the LIRR

Let us all wish a Happy 184th anniversary to the Long Island Rail Road. Comments (1)

Defining today’s America

America is not just a place but an idea and an ideal and a way of life. Comment

April, 2018


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? Comments (1)

Put money back into the hands of people

The property tax system in this city has been broken for decades. Comments (1)

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

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 (2)

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)

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

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)

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


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

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)

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 (7)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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


Residents need to do their part to support local businesses

This Valentine’s Day, my wife Wendy and I went to Aunt Bella’s restaurant on Marathon Parkway in Little Neck. The restaurant opened in 1977 and just celebrated its 41st anniversary. Upon walking into Bella’s, we were meet by Moana, whose husband Richie is the owner. She sat us at one of our favorite tables in the back corner, facing the kitchen. I have always enjoyed watching the cooks at work. It is like going to the opera. The head chef waved and before I even ordered, proceeded to prepare my favorite appetizer of sauteed sweet peppers in olive oil, no garlic. Longtime host and head waiter Danny came to our table and took our order. Comments (1)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

Legal injection centers not the answer to opioid crisis

The opioid crisis is inflicting all of our communities at an alarming rate. Comments (2)

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)

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


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)

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)

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)

Breaking the silence

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

The color of immigration

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

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

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)

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

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

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
Queens Village

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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