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December, 2016

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Trump could withhold funds from New York as sanctuary city

New York’s blind adherence to a “sanctuary city” policy will all but guarantee that a large portion, perhaps as much as 10 percent, of the city’s budget coming from the federal government will be withheld by President‑elect Trump soon after he takes office on Jan. 20. Estimated at more than $7 billion, it will trigger a financial crisis with far-reaching consequences leading to higher taxes and steep reductions in social services that will hit the most vulnerable New Yorkers hardest. Comments (18)

September, 2016

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City schools soft on discipline

A new school year will begin this week. This should mean that our public school classrooms are prepared to optimize student learning. Unfortunately, the city’s education and political establishment continues to introduce policies that erode school “disciplinary codes” and “social promotion” protocols that undermine teachers’ efforts in the classroom and students’ ability to learn. Comments (11)

July, 2016

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Co-op owners need to protect their rights

In New York City, almost 1 million people live in co-op apartments, and many of the most affordable ones are in Queens. Efforts to maintain affordable housing in New York City are continually being challenged. Comments (8)

May, 2016

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Plastic-bag fee is victory for social engineers

The disciples of social engineering and behavior modification were at it again last week in the City Council with passage of the 5-cent plastic bag fee. With the mayor’s blessing, the New York City Council decided to add a few hundred dollars to every family’s annual shopping bill. All done in the name of the “environment,” a pretext to justify imposing new taxes and fees on already tapped-out New Yorkers. Comments (11)
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Council’s ‘Fair Chance Law’ is unfair to employers

Regrettably, it is not an understatement to point out that passage of the Fair Chance Act by the New York City Council has put families living in co‑op and other residential housing communities at risk. Our progressive Council, that just voted themselves a 35 percent increase in a year in which seniors saw a zero percent increase in their Social Security payments, are moving full speed ahead in a dangerously wrong direction with this law. Comment

March, 2016

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Queens residents are pawns in a social experiment

When I ran for the New York City Council in 2015, the leaders of the Queens Village Civic Association (Nagassar “Ram” Ramgarib and Mohamood “Mo” Ishmael) and I initiated a months-long community-driven battle against a program conceived by Albany politicians to open a neighborhood prison on a Queens Village residential street. We organized weekend protests at the site that garnered more protesters and greater press coverage week after week. After a couple of months as the protests grew, elected officials took notice and joined in. Comments (18)

January, 2016

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Do City Council members deserve a raise?

This is what a classified ad would look like for the position of New York City Council member. Comments (10)

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Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
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