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We haven’t heard too much lately from George Diaz, the Norwood political activist vying for an Assembly seat. But that doesn’t mean he’s not on the mind of the current occupant, Jeffrey Dinowitz. more
Two years ago, in these very pages, I shared something deeply personal that before that was only really known by family members and people close to me. I’m in remission from a medical condition known as trigeminal neuralgia. It’s a condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, a facial nerve that connects the brain with the top, middle and bottom part of our face. more
Health care in the United States is a $3.5 trillion industry, with New York — at a cost of more than $10,725 per person, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — making up more than $163 billion of those costs. more
Electronic cigarette manufacturers have targeted our youth in product development and marketing. This practice has contributed to an epidemic of addiction of minors to products with toxic chemicals. more
New York took a small step away from depressing voter turnout toward increasing it and strengthening our democracy. more
Much of my day I spend thinking of my twins. Now that they have started pre-K, learning about their days at school has become an exciting part of the evening routine as they talk about the things they have learned, and their new friends. more
As a society, we spend a lot of our time squabbling about the big picture — abstract, often controversial, ideas that might only impact us once or twice in our lives. Meanwhile, the issues that impact us every day — housing, transportation, education, public health and safety — are frequently pushed aside or only discussed as a societal afterthought. more
Things began to unravel on the day after Christmas 2016. I came home to my native North Carolina for the holiday, to the house my then-husband and I lived in before I got a job in New York. Midday, mom stood to stretch her legs. She fell backward in her chair, gasping for air. more
In response to this recent story from Kirstyn Brendlen, a flurry of work was immediately initiated. The results are extremely disappointing. more
Each year, charcoaled yellow-tipped cigarette butts commonly found lying on sidewalks and roadways claim about 480,000 American lives. In other words, the equivalent of 10 Riverdale neighborhoods are lost to cigarette smoking annually. more
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