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If there’s anything we’ve learned from the de Blasio years, it’s that when upzoning is imposed on our communities, private developers get richer, and local residents are hurt in the process. more
City council Speaker Corey Johnson, together with 11 council members, recently introduced Intro 2186 that would establish — at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars — a city planning structure that, in the Speaker’s words, would end the current inefficient “piecemeal and ad hoc approach” to planning. more
For the first time in history, the New York Health Act — a single-payer universal health care plan like Medicare, but more comprehensive, affordable and for every New Yorker — has majority support in both the state senate and Assembly. We are on our way to winning guaranteed health care in New York! more
I was surprised to read in the Police Beat recently that both the reporter for The Riverdale Press and the police were apparently mystified by the local theft of a car without access to the key. more
As the people and businesses of New York City make valiant strides to safely reopen while we are still battling COVID-19, I am left with a nagging question for which I have not received a satisfactory answer: Why is the Riverdale branch of the New York Public Library still closed, especially when the Spuyten Duyvil and Kingsbridge branches are both open? more
Freedom, broadly speaking, means having no boundaries, no attachments, and no strings. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines freedom as the quality or state of being free: The absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action. more
When the throngs of women began coming forward detailing outrageous instances of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, it didn’t take long before they were lauded as brave, strong, and voices to be heard. The women were supported, and encouraged, and believed. more
It was designed to reduce crime and corruption. It was the answer to social ills. It would make budgets for prisons more manageable. And it would make the country a better place to live. more
I am writing to complain about some of the new co-op owners who are vaping e-cigarettes in their apartments. The smoking starts in the morning, afternoon, and more in the evening hours. more
Abigail Fisher bemoans that some in the Jewish community have criticized Congressman Jamaal Bowman for his condemnations of Israel’s vaccination policy vis-à-vis the Palestinians. However, her attempt to make the ethical case in lieu of the legal case — which she correctly acknowledges cannot be made against Israel — falls short of her mark. more
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