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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Op-ed: Queens needs a full-service animal shelter


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY PAUL A. VALLONE

In 2000, as speaker of the New York City Council, my father Peter F. Vallone passed the Animal Shelters and Sterilization Act. This act required that a full-service animal shelter exist in each of the five boroughs. At the time, I would never have guessed that 15 years later, Queens and the Bronx would continue to lack these shelters, but that is the unfortunate reality we face.

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Op-Ed: Risking it all for $27/day


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STEVE CASSIDY

When the FDNY began its efforts to recruit New York City firefighter candidates back in 2011, it sold them on the merits of “the best job in the world has the best benefits in the world.” Now, several years later, it appears that the city failed to tell these prospective first responders the truth.

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Op-ed: Let’s practice cancer prevention each and every day


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY DR. WAYNE KYE

What do you do to prevent cancer? February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and a great time to make or renew your commitment to put your health first. Take time to visit your health care professional and discuss your family and personal health history and which cancer screenings are right for you. Screening can detect cancer early, when it is most treatable, and in some cases stop cancer before it starts.

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Op-ed: Councilwoman Koslowitz opposes term limits for community board members


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

When I nominate an individual to the borough president to be appointed or reappointed to a community board, I am looking for an individual whose presence on the board will enhance the work of the board as a whole. Those individuals, whose professional background or community activism will “add value” to the board, are the people who I want to appoint and retain.

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Op-ed: Mayoral control — let’s get it right


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY SEN. JOSEPH P. ADDABBO JR.

It doesn’t happen often in government that we get a golden opportunity to broadly improve the education of our children, but with the expiration of mayoral control of our school system and the pending negotiations to extend it, we have only one clear mission — let’s get it right for the sake of our children.

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