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December, 2013

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Dangerous Roads

Less than a week after transportation activists marched along Queens Boulevard to call for more safety features on the treacherous thoroughfare, a motorcyclist hit a pedestrian in Woodside and both died. Comment.
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Leave St. Nick Alone

What a silly flap over Santa Claus’s DNA. Comments (1).
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Feed the Children

’Tis the season to be jolly, but not if you’re hungry in Queens. Comments (1).
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Trains in Trouble

Queens has the unhappy distinction of being home to one of the four Metro-North passengers killed in the commuter train derailment early Sunday near the Sputyen Duyvil station in the Bronx. Comment.

November, 2013

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Delay in Service

Commuting on the Long Island Rail Road from Queens to Manhattan can be a maddening experience. All too frequently train service is disrupted because of problems in the four East River tunnels connecting the borough and parts beyond to Penn Station. Comment.
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Obliterated Art

New York finds itself in the perpetual balancing act of bolstering its income through commerce without sacrificing the public benefits of artistic endeavors. Comments (1).
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Bring the Public to Queens Museum

The renovation of the Queens Museum is a welcome addition to the borough, which is rapidly honing its reputation as an important cultural destination for the city. Comments (3).
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Boro Votes Change

The Bill de Blasio landslide effect rumbled across Queens as Democrats secured all but one of the seats up for grabs in the general election. Comment.
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Vote on Election Day

Forget the odds. The pollsters tell us Bill de Blasio, the Democrats’ candidate of choice, is poised to trounce the GOP’s Joe Lhota by a commanding margin in next week’s mayoral race. Comments (3).

October, 2013

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Struggle and Hope

It has been a year since Superstorm Sandy hurtled into Queens, leaving a scar on the Rockaway Peninsula and its neighbors on the nearby mainland. Other parts of Queens also felt the fury of the hurricane, but the coastal communities headed the borough’s casualty list both in terms of damage to property and human lives. Comment.
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The Other Sex

Queens has been on the sidelines for over two weeks watching the theater of the absurd play out in Washington as GOP hardliners in the House of Representatives held the nation hostage. Comments (1).
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DOE Needs Early Community Input

For decades, a 6-acre lot in Whitestone has sat vacant, but now education officials are considering the location as a spot to build a new high school. Comments (1).
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Defending Hizzoner

It’s time to give Mayor Michael Bloomberg a break. Comments (1).

September, 2013

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Queens Booms With Construction

The magic number for Queens these days seems to be 24. In the last week, it was revealed that a new 24-story hotel is headed for downtown Jamaica while the owner of the Rego Park mall is moving ahead with plans to put 24 floors of apartments above the shopping mecca. Comments (1).
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Transit Triumphs

Queens is finally coming up on the MTA’s radar. Comment.
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Council Races Get Special Interest

Races for Queens City Council seats should be home-grown affairs with candidates taking positions on neighborhood issues that have divided some residents and united others, but in the 2013 primary outside influences in the form of big bucks have been injected into the contests for Council spots in several communities. Comments (4).
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Get Out and Vote

Next Tuesday voters from Queens will go to the polls to choose candidates in primaries for citywide offices as well as borough president and the City Council. This is a year when every vote counts and a low turnout will allow a small portion of the electorate to decide who runs City Hall and other major posts for the next four years. Comment.

August, 2013

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Council Deals Blow to Mayor Bloomberg

After an emotionally charged session at City Hall last week, the City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vetoes of two bills designed to rein in the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk. Comment.
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Third Time Isn’t The Charm

Queens is the borough of second chances, where people flock from around the world to start their lives over. But what about native sons — or near-natives from Brooklyn — who promise their constituents they have mended their ways only to squander the shot they were given at public redemption? Comment.
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Queens Hospitals on Life Support

Queens is on the brink of a health care crisis that will only become more dire if two more borough facilities close. Comment.
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Judge Delivers Blow to Stop-and-Frisk

A Manhattan federal judge’s ruling that the city’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional sent a message to black and Hispanic residents in Queens that their civil rights were protected. Comment.
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Parks Has a Problem with Trees

The death of a young pregnant woman who was crushed by a giant oak that toppled onto the bench where she was sitting in Kissena Park Sunday might have been avoided. The city Parks Department has been under pressure from legislators in Queens in recent years to accelerate its inspection and maintenance of borough trees. Comments (1).

July, 2013

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Light at the Subway Tunnel’s End

Queens, the stepchild of the city transit system, is finally getting attention from the powers-that-be at the MTA and the governor. Comment.
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A Tragic Case

The Florida jury’s decision to acquit George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin reverberated through Queens and the rest of the city, where calls were issued to dismantle “shoot first” laws. Comments (5).
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Meter Madness

Queens has a starring role in the Muni-Meter meltdown bedeviling the city. There is a constant stream of complaints to community boards across the borough from motorists trying to appease the temperamental meters so they can perform simple tasks such as buying a newspaper or having a cup of coffee. Comments (2).
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Supreme Disappointment

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to eviscerate the 1965 Voting Rights Act sent a chill through Queens, which has become a beacon for people from all over the world seeking equality. Comments (2).

June, 2013

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Grad Rates Still Lag

Queens got its annual report card and a passing grade last week on the number of students graduating from high school after four years, which was achieved despite tougher Regents exams. Comment.
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Surviving the Storm

FEMA has released a revised version of the latest flood maps that put much of Queens’ waterfront property into high-risk zones for the first time in 30 years in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
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Give Queens a Place at the Table

Queens and the other outerboroughs are being pushed to the back of the room again as another Manhattan-centric group sets the agenda. This time it’s the city Rent Guidelines Board, which recently proposed steep rent hikes for stabilized apartments around the city. Comment.
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The A Train Rocks Again

Seven months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City and delivered the most crippling blow in the MTA’s history to the subway system, the A train resumed service between Howard Beach and the Rockaways last week. Comment.
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Queens Needs Greenmarkets

Hunger is a daunting and sometimes invisible problem in Queens. Even in some of the borough’s more affluent neighborhoods, working couples and single mothers struggle to feed their families — another statistic among the data showing that one in six Americans suffers from what the government calls “food insufficiency.” Comment.

May, 2013

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Rockaway Rebound

Storm-battered Rockaway Beach is opening as promised Memorial Day weekend despite some tough odds, and it’s time for Queens residents to support the peninsula by going out for the day to play. Comment.
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The Huntley Nine

What a sad day for Queens. Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing $87,000 from her own nonprofit to go shopping after secretly recording nine Democratic colleagues at her home in southeast Queens. Comments (1).
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The New Clockwork Orange

The Internet and smartphones have opened up a world that was unimaginable 10 years ago. Comment.
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Voters in Limbo

The question hanging over Queens is what happens to constituents when their elected officials are charged with felonies. State Sen. Malcolm Smith, whose district covers the greater Jamaica area, and City Councilman Dan Halloran, who represents a swath of the north, have been accused of bribery in a corruption scandal. Comment.

April, 2013

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‘A Mixed Blessing’

In a lecture at Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights, L.I., on the day after the Boston bombings, former President Bill Clinton noted that the 21st-century world of the Internet and social media is “a mixed blessing.” Comment.
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The Small Town of College Point

The kids who signed up to play ball in the College Point Little League this spring are learning more than how to throw, catch and swing a bat. Their coaches are teaching them a far more important lesson: how to deal with one of the tragedies that is part of life. Comment.
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No Slippery Slope

A town hall meeting last week at the Museum of the Moving Image gave both sides in the debate over gun legislation a chance to air their feelings about how this legislation will affect Queens. Comment.
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The 113th Precinct Has Work to Do

We look forward to the day when the residents of the Baisley Park Houses will believe the police officers from the 113th Precinct are on their side. Comment.
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Yet Another Case

Despite conversations recorded by federal investigators that strongly suggest state Sen. Malcolm Smith attempted to bribe his way into the mayor’s office, attorney Gerald Shargel said the senator is “not resigning.” Comment.
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The Culture of Corruption

“Money is what greases the wheels — good, bad, or indifferent,” City Councilman Dan Halloran said. Comment.
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Cowboys Get Booted

We are saddened to hear that the city Parks Department has temporarily shut the Howard Beach stables run by the Federation of Black Cowboys. Comment.
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Sick Days for All

If every year were an election year, city government might get something done. Comment.

March, 2013

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Wait Until 2018

The flooding in parts of southeast Queens didn’t begin or end with Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
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Another Senseless Death

Abdullah Munshi offered a bizarre defense for driving drunk on the morning of July 10 when he struck and killed Frank Avino, a 63-year-old electrician from College Point. Comment.
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Call it Correction

The city appears to be getting serious about lowering the rate of recidivism for criminals sentenced to up to a year at Rikers Island and all the other jails in the system. Comment.
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Innocent Until ICE Gets You

The City Council has passed legislation that would stop the city Department of Correction from handing over undocumented immigrants to U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement if they are youthful offenders, do not have significant criminal records, have been accused of low-level offenses or have been convicted of some types of misdemeanor offenses. Comment.
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The Purpose of Flushing Meadows

Ever since March 12, 1733, when Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan became the first official park in New York City, parks have played an important role in a city which has seen its greenspace disappear. Comments (1).
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What’s Taking So Long?

It’s been two months since 19-year-old Robert Jackson was allegedly brutalized by police around the corner from the 109th Precinct. Comment.
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Help the Helpers

Should Federal Emergency Management Agency funds be used to repair churches and synagogues damaged by Hurricane Sandy? Comment.
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Show Us the Money

We are pleased to see that Community Board 7 has put the brakes on the United States Tennis Association’s proposal to expand its facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

February, 2013

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Save the Pigs

Since his days as a city councilman, state Sen. Tony Avella has never been one to avoid the spotlight. Some might even say the man who would be the next borough president is a publicity hog. Comment.
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Are Food Carts Fair?

In the past year there has been an explosion in the number of food carts in Queens and the other outerboroughs. These carts are nothing new in Manhattan, but in Queens they are beginning to ruffle some feathers. Comment.
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The Challenge for Nily Rozic

Recently elected state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is the only Queens official on a Top 13 list of lawmakers labeled as up-and-coming environmental leaders. Comment.
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Some Rob You with a Fountain Pen

Once again the people of Queens have learned that a leader they trusted has been picking their pockets. Comment.
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Appeal to Moderate Republicans

Even though the city has been run by Republican mayors for the last 20 years, the party has not gained in numbers or influence. Comments (2).
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Tough Choices

The time has come for painful common sense. Comment.
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Hizzoner

There is little we can say about the late Ed Koch that hasn’t already been said. He was one of the greatest mayors this city ever knew, a quintessential New Yorker who lifted the spirits of this city when it needed it most. Comments (1).
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Hope for Immigration Reform

Reports that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has made progress on a plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration system should be welcome news not only to the thousands of illegal immigrants living in Queens, but to everyone who has a heart. Comment.
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Rapid Repairs

It’s hard to turn on the nightly news without seeing a report of a victim of Hurricane Sandy living in a tent or shivering in a heatless house on the couch with three quilts and a blanket. Comment.

January, 2013

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Bus Drivers Are Not Selfish Thugs

Since they went on strike just over a week ago, the city’s school bus drivers have been vilified by the media and political leaders who said the “selfish drivers” were “holding the children hostage.” Comment.
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Cuomo’s Arbitrary Deadline

At a time when the city Department of Education is faced with overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and a shortage of basic supplies, the city has lost out on up to $450 million in state education funds. Comment.
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Education in

We congratulate Cardozo High School Principal Gerald Martori for recognizing just how important it is that students in the 21st century understand China and the Asian culture. Comments (6).
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DOE Doesn’t Learn

What will it take to convince the city Department of Education that its shoot-first, ask-questions-later approach to improving schools isn’t working? Comment.
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There Goes the Neighborhood

Plans at Queens Hospital Center to turn one of its buildings into a residence for people with low incomes and people with chronic conditions and mental disabilities have raised concern in the community. Comment.
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Shame on Congress

There is no excuse for the delay in approving federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
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The Challenge for 2013

Queens took it on the chin in 2012, but the future looks bright in 2013. Comments (1).
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