Op-ed: End critical delays in EMS response time


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY COUNCIL MEMBERS ELIZABETH CROWLEY AND DONOVAN RICHARDS

The need for our EMS to be unparalleled here in New York City is increasingly great. As a city, we must make critical policy changes that will decrease response time and save lives. This February, the average response time to life-threatening medical emergencies in Queens was 10 minutes and 15 seconds, which is not acceptable.

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Op-ed: Pass the education tax credit now


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO

The Education Tax Credit bill is an idea whose time has come. For years, I have been a supporter along with Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the rest of the diocesan bishops across New York.

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Op-Ed: Not all nail salons are equal


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY LOIS CHRISTIE

It’s been a long time in coming, but finally, the city and state are working to enforce codes for the nail salon industry. As the owner of an award-winning luxury salon in business for 44 years in Bayside, I welcome these changes because many others involved in the industry have exploited cheap labor and bent the rules to make a profit.

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Op-Ed: Rent laws protect tenants and preserve communities


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY SHEILA GARCIA and HARVEY EPSTEIN

In Joseph Strasburg’s editorial published on May 14, ”Rent rules hurt everyone,” he attacks Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to strengthen the rent laws and conveniently ignores all the facts about the New York City real estate market.

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Op-ed: Rent rules hurt everyone


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY JOSEPH STRASBURG

Mayor de Blasio recently declared war on the rental housing industry by supporting tenant-backed state legislation that would cut off the life blood of city’s existing rental housing. Perhaps the mayor does not realize that the ultimate casualties, if his proposals were to be adopted, will be renters, the city’s economy and his own housing plan.

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Op-ed: Standardized state tests are done, but work toward change continues


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO

Students in the third grade and above just finished taking this year’s standardized tests, but the questions our community has for the Common Core testing are far from answered.

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Build it Back: The story behind the frustration


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

OP-ED BY CITY COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER

The continuing damage from the storm can be seen today in Breezy Point and the Rockaways, and many other communities in Queens that bore the brunt of Sandy’s winds and waves. Many neighborhoods have not been fully rebuilt and individual homeowners are still desperately seeking assistance.

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Op-ed: Why I voted against the education budget


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY

As a former teacher and as the ranking member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, it was with great reluctance that I voted ‘no’ on the policies put forth by Gov. Cuomo in the budget-related education bills.

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Op-ed: An equal shot at justice for all New Yorkers


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY NEW YORK CITY COMPTROLLER SCOTT M. STRINGER New York City is — and always has been — a place of opportunity for immigrants. We are home to over 200 spoken languages, and the people who have come here from around the world helped build this city. We have welcomed them for hundreds of years. Diversity […]

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Op-ed: New Yorkers need access to accurate information about doctors


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY ASSEMBLYWOMAN ARAVELLA SIMOTAS

Nydoctorprofile.com is a powerful tool that must be preserved and expanded. It is a searchable database that allows patients to know instantaneously whether their doctor has committed malpractice, lost medical privileges, or has been convicted of a crime.

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