As a lifelong resident of Queens and a 34-year resident of the Rockaways, I would like to emphasize the great potential ferry service will have for Rockaway and the rest of the city.
Since those living in the Rockaways have the longest commute of any NYC residents, it is evident that the ferry service, which was established after Superstorm Sandy, has dramatically improved commuter travel time but is also the only nice thing that has happened to Rockaway since the storm.
In the moments and months following Superstorm Sandy, I saw struggles and emotions of all types. I saw people wading through the floodwaters carrying every possession they could, I saw men and women piling their useless furniture, appliances, children’s toys and personal photos onto the curbs outside their damaged homes.
New York State Assemblyman David Weprin’s bill for reintroduction of a non-resident commuter tax is an old, recycled idea periodically proposed by many others, missing the potential economic consequences that might occur after implementing it.
I chose to be in Israel for the first week of the Congressional recess period because I believe it’s important to support Israel in the U.S.; and I also believe it’s critical to support Israel from Israel.
In early June three Israeli teenagers were abducted from Gush Etzion never to be seen alive again. Their brutal murders, the incessant rocket attacks by Hamas that followed and the discovery of the underground tunnels from Gaza into Israel have proved once again that terrorism is alive and well.
For years the Queens Library board of trustees has met dozens of times annually to oversee the operations of the library. They were appointed by mayors and borough presidents to see that the library provided the best service to residents of Queens. One of their chief responsibilities was selection of a director who implemented and […]
In your editorial on Slow Zones, you state you are “in favor of anything that reduces death.” This sounds noble, but it’s impractical as a general philosophy: if you followed it to its logical conclusion, you’d be in favor of banning automobiles altogether. It may seem callous to try to put a value on human […]
The Rev. Al Sharpton was looking to hold a march walking across Verrazano Bridge to protest the death of suspect Eric Garner who died while resisting arrest. But because of logistic problems he has changed the venue whereas protesters will now park their cars and buses in Tompkinsville where Garner died, and march from that […]
Metal structures hanging over sections of Woodhaven Boulevard having been popping up and I continue to hear from constituents with questions as to what they are, what will be done with them and what they can expect for the future of one of the busiest thoroughfares in the borough.
I’ve been a Queens resident for 35 years and ever since Tony Avella became my state senator, I have seen dramatic improvements in our parks and school systems. Tony has been able to allocate $1.5 million to schools for critically needed renovations and $705,000 to after-school programs. This allows every school in the district to […]
The question most concerned New Yorkers are asking is what Governor Andrew Cuomo did in connection with the now defunct Moreland Commission. The job, to my understanding, was to root out corruption on the state level. So why did the governor end the Moreland commission’s work? Added to that, what is the governor afraid of? […]
The State of the Subways Report Card issued by the Straphangers Campaign is flawed. MTA services continue to be one of the best bargains in town. Since the 1950s, the average cost of riding either the bus or subway has gone up at a lower rate than either the consumer price index or inflation. The […]
Although I generally support the strict enforcement of American immigration and naturalization laws, I believe that all children, as in the present situation of this massive influx of children from Central America, should be permitted to live in the United States and be processed for legal residence and citizenship status on humanitarian grounds as refugees. […]