Tag: op-ed

Op-Ed | On housing, Ron Kim is all talk, no action

Row of Old Brick Homes in Flushing Queens of New York City

May. 22, 2024 By Yi Andy Chen Housing affordability is the biggest issue in our state. In Flushing and the surrounding parts of Queens comprising  Assembly District 40, over half of renters are drowning in high rents, yet our current representative, Ron Kim, has done little to alleviate this burden.  According to a Cornell University…
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Op-Ed | Spring jobs sprint will lead to a summer of opportunity

Mayor Adams

May. 21, 2024 By Mayor Eric Adams New York City is in the middle of an economic boom, breaking record after record when it comes to creating jobs and opportunity. Just last week, we celebrated another record high for private-sector jobs in our city, with unemployment falling to 4.8 percent. There is also good news…
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Op-ed | Building a brighter future: The promise of the Jamaica Neighborhood Plan


May. 14, 2024 By Council Member Nantasha Williams, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and Senator Leroy Comrie As the heartbeat of Queens, Jamaica holds a special place in our hearts and the hearts of its residents. It’s a vibrant community with a rich cultural tapestry, bustling streets and a unique identity. Like any urban center,…
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Op-Ed | ‘Operation Padlock to Protect’ — How New York City is taking action to shut down illegal smoke and cannabis shops

Eric Adams

May. 14, 2024 By Mayor Eric Adams When we came to office two years ago, we had a clear vision: protect public safety, rebuild our economy, and make this city more livable for hardworking New Yorkers.  But the increase of unlicensed smoke and cannabis shops across the five boroughs is one of the biggest quality-of-life issues facing…
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Op-Ed | Pressure vs Passion: Making the case for pursuing joy in high school

May 8, 2024 By Chris Herman Our teenagers are under immense pressure, and high school has become more a time for curating resumes than exploring new interests. Decisions about which activity to join or how to spend February break are now dictated by what colleges they might want to see. Teenagers specialize earlier and select… Read more »

Op-Ed | Hochul: Action is Imperative on Shoplifting, but Violent Crime is Just Fine


Apr. 29, 2024 By Council Member James F. Gennaro Negotiations regarding the New York State budget have just concluded a few days ago and a budget has passed after more than two weeks of delays. But while Gov. Kathy Hochul has proclaimed this year’s ‘bold agenda’ aims to make New York ‘safer,’ there hasn’t been…
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Op-Ed: Don’t let FAFSA troubles derail your college dreams


Apr. 24, 2024 By Félix V. Matos Rodríguez For most CUNY students, attending college would be impossible without financial aid. But this year, the chaotic rollout of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form threatens to derail the educational journeys of many current and prospective CUNY students. That’s why we’re doing all…
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Op-Ed | Scoring a goal for affordable housing


Apr. 16, 2024 By Mayor Eric Adams In November 2022, our administration announced a historic once-in-a-generation transformation of the Willets Points neighborhood in Queens. This neighborhood, which was once called the “Valley of Ashes” and known for its junkyards, is now being transformed into a vibrant neighborhood with 2,500 new all-affordable homes — the largest…
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Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety


Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the…
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