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I am a resident of Passaic, New Jersey, but my parents live in Riverdale. This year, Pesach happened in the middle of a modern “plague” in a nowadays Egypt with stay-at-home orders and other restrictions that made our preparations for the holiday more complicated “than ever before,” as our president likes to say. more
I recently drew up instructions for my family to follow on my behalf should I fall victim to COVID-19. I did this in response to news reports that the New York Fire Department had issued new guidelines to paramedics, instructing them not to resuscitate cardiac patients who had no pulse, because emergency rooms are so overcrowded. more
I recently read a New York Times article about the challenges of being a working mom during this pandemic. As a new mom with a 7-month-old baby, I find myself in constant negotiation with work, child care, and taking care of my elderly grandparents. more
“The state comptroller’s office is auditing Mount Vernon, where details of the city’s finances have been murky for at least the past two years, and infighting continues …” stated a Journal News story on Feb. 23. The anticipated deliverable of the audit may follow formatted examples similar to those published on the state comptroller’s web site on March 26 under “municipal audits.” more
Millions of young Americans want to shrink their carbon footprints. more
My grandmother did some things I could never understand, or at least so I thought. more
As the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads across the United States, and as more public and private sectors take drastic measures to combat this pandemic, it is vital that police, prosecutors, judges, parole officers and governors also respond immediately by reducing the footprint of the criminal legal system. more
COVID-19 feels like watching a horror movie, except I’m in it. We’re all in it. more
Your alarm goes off. Groggily, you shut it off and sit up on the edge of your bed, doing your best to mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead. more
The recent Point of View piece disparaging the brand new, path-breaking bail reform resolution fails to take into account the enduring damage created by prior practices. While there will, unfortunately, always occur tragic abuses committed by those benefitting from the new release program, so long as humans have frailties, those occasional abuses will continue to occur, as they previously did under the prior strictures. more
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