Op-ed: Two catastrophic events, one Queens community


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH P. ADDABBO JR.

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.

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Op-ed: Reintroduction of a non-resident commuter payroll tax makes no sense


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY LARRY PENNER

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.

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Op-ed: Solidarity and generosity within Jewish community


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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.

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No good deed goes unpunished…


| letters@queenscourier.com

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 […]

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Op-ed: The latest attempt to improve safety and reduce aggravation on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards


| oped@queenscourier.com

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.

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Avella gets her vote


| letters@queenscourier.com

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 […]

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Let the children stay


| letters@queenscourier.com

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.  […]

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Op-ed: Bowne Park: kiss your venerable trees goodbye


| oped@queenscourier.com

The July 10 Courier reporting on the planned “facelift” and revitalized green space of Flushing’s Bowne Park comes with a cost far greater than the proposed $2.45M capital construction expense, if we consider the large long-lived trees that populate the park. In addition to aesthetics, we must be mindful of the high economic value and benefits and services that those trees provide.

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Put an end to anchor babies


| letters@queenscourier.com

The current flood of kids overwhelming our southern border diverts media attention from another major crisis — maternity migration (also called birth tourism). Pregnant women and their partners come here to obtain automatic U.S. citizenship for kids born on our soil, granted under the 14th Amendment. This exodus is not just from poor areas like Mexico & Central America, but also from wealthy nations like […]

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