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It’s difficult right now to think of anything but coronavirus. But believe it or not, even with New York on lockdown, the world outside continues to move forward. Even government — or at least the closest we can get to government at the neighborhood level. more
We must act now to enact changes that ensure fair, safe, secure and accessible voting throughout the country and New York state this year. more
Over the past several years, many owners of New York City yellow cab taxi medallions have committed suicide because the worth of these heavily financed medallions have plummeted in value from more than $1 million each, to about several hundred thousand dollars. 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
Having cycled well over 10,000 miles in my lifetime, I have long respected and advocated for the physical and mental health benefits that inure from cycling. My several years as a member of Community Board 8 have included active participation on its parks and recreation, and its traffic and transportation committees, where I have advocated for safe opportunities for cyclists and pedestrians alike. more
Gov. Cuomo says that New York and the nation will need a “tracing army” to discover and curb potential coronavirus cases in order to reopen our economy. more
I was outside a local store recently. I am a retired public health nurse, and I was horrified that not only were people not social distancing inside, shoppers were entering without masks or face covers. more
Kudos to two of our local state senators, Alessandra Biaggi and Gustavo Rivera, on their proposal to amend the state constitution, and give the legislature — our representatives — power equal to the governor’s in determining the state budget. more
Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair Pat Foye said in a recent interview, “Extending our line of credit is not a long-term solution, and gutting our hard-fought capital plan is a non-starter. We will now allow this pandemic to slow our efforts to bring our system into the 21st century. This is a national problem that requires a national solution.” 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
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