On Point

December, 2012

On Point

DOE should define ‘public purpose’ over meetings in schools

If you are a volunteer in one of New York’s many community-based organizations, a member of a civic association or a co-op resident whose meetings are held in a public school, the city Department of Education has a message for you: Drop dead. Comments (1).

November, 2012

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Legislators must bring back tax breaks for co-ops, condos

The co-op and condominium community was hit hard in June when the state Legislature adjourned without renewing the city Tax Abatement and J51 programs. These programs were implemented decades ago and have helped equalize the disparity in taxes paid by co-ops and condominiums and have provided needed dollars through tax abatements that have helped maintain the city’s aging housing infrastructure. Comments (2).

October, 2012

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Use your voting power can clean up Albany of corruption

The depth of corruption in New York politics is unfathomable, so let’s summarize and review the last few months of corruption du jour. Comment.

September, 2012

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Pols have no right to say which biz should operate in city

Same-sex marriage was legalized by the state Legislature a year ago and, although controversial to many, it is now law. City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) have been leading advocates in the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender movement. Comment.

August, 2012

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Queens civic groups fought hard for return of Q79

Citizens uniting and fighting for a common cause is what civic associations are about. In Queens, there is no shortage of these neighborhood stalwarts and community watchdogs. Eastern Queens contains an unprecedented number of active civics that historically have worked well together to achieve great successes. Comments (1).

July, 2012

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Co-op, condo owners will suffer due to legislators’ failure

Co-op and condominium owners were abandoned and dealt a blow by politicians when the state Legislature adjourned before midnight June 21 without enacting vitally needed legislation for these working-class communities. Comment.

June, 2012

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Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why

The legislative redistricting fiasco reminded me of many things that are wrong with politics today, so I compiled my top five list of “what is wrong with this picture.” Comments (4).

May, 2012

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Lancman attack on Queens Dem machine rings hollow

For me, civic involvement is about accountability, transparency, honesty and integrity in the political process. Elected officials are not royalty and need not be revered. They are paid handsomely for their services, have the best medical insurance available and receive generous pensions — all provided by taxpayers. Comment.

March, 2012

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New redistricting lines reflect Albany’s sham reform

The pattern emerging has become transparently clear. The governor pushes for reform, in this case the once-a-decade redistricting of legislative lines, and threatens a veto if the state Legislature fails to act. The Legislature’s public face supports the governor’s call for reform and avoids publicly challenging him. Comment.

January, 2012

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Cultural differences should not trump residents’ concerns

A few weeks ago, I attended an event at the Gurdwara Sant Sagar, a Sikh house of worship in Bellerose. The event was organized by the Creedmoor Civic Association for community residents to learn more about the gurdwara and the Sikh community. Comments (2).
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