The people who seem unable to handle a tax on paper and plastic bags need [help]. The solution is using fabric/canvas bags. Is it such a burden to bring your bag(s) with you to the store? Really? Would you rather promote deforestation? Would you rather destroy the environment? Aren’t there enough plastic bags floating around [...]
Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, was passed by Congress without a single Republican vote and our Constitutional rule of law acknowledges and accepts it as the law of the land. However, since its passage, many provisions of the law have been changed, tweaked, omitted, adjusted, fine-tuned, adapted and delayed over 30 times without congressional [...]
New York’s women veterans have long been instrumental in our history, and it is important to continually recognize their trailblazing roles in our society.
After several months of crippling snowstorms and flooding, I really look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom. The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary and exercise habits. In fact, I’ve been told that hundreds of communities celebrate the advent of [...]
The most recent fight for control of the Queens County Republican organization between factions led by current county chair Phil Rugusa and challenger former Congressmember Bob Turner (supported by Councilmember Eric Ulrich and his insurgents) reminds me of two hyenas fighting over the carcass of a dead animal — in this case remnants of the once-relevant [...]
I find it quite disturbing to read that a 16-year-old climbed all the way to the top of the World Trade Center and was not stopped. Where was security? If this daredevil could do this, then any terrorist could do the same and plant a bomb that could hurt many and do much destruction. This, [...]
There’s been a lot of discussion recently about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for universal pre-kindergarten in New York City. Often overlooked is that the plan would provide more than just high-quality programs for our youngest learners, it would also fund after-school programs for every interested middle schooler in New York.
As chair of the NYC Council Education Committee, it is a priority of mine to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan enacted. The only viable way to ensure that our children get this extra year of education is to create a tax on the city’s most wealthy residents to help fund it.
I think that most of us are aware of our elected officials and the job that they do on behalf of our communities. But we should also recognize the contribution that our community boards and civic associations make in affecting conditions in our neighborhoods. As a member of Community Board 11, I work alongside 49 [...]
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin has provided legal cover and comfort to charter school empress Eva Moskowitz, who successfully challenged the right of the state of New York to check up on her educational enterprises. Was his ruling based on an impartial and scholarly analysis of the law or was it driven by motives [...]