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Join NYC in opposing Trump’s refugee policies

America since its founding has been a nation of migrants. Not long ago, our foremothers and forefathers fled oppressive regimes hostile to the rights of political and religious minorities to seek refuge on our shores. Recognizing this heritag…

My committee will work to ensure justice for all
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 12:30 pm

An equitable and efficient justice system is the cornerstone of civil society. Now more than ever the city’s criminal and civil legal operations deserve close scrutiny and serious reform.

As the Council begins its new term, I am excited to serve as the chair of the new Committee on the Justice System. We are empowered with a broad mandate to overhaul New Yorkers’ access to justice.

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Crashes actually are down after 111th St. upgrades
Updated: February 01, 2018 - 12:01 pm

Your Jan. 4 Western Queens cover story, “NYPD: Crashes up on 111th Street,” marked an extremely disappointing addition to the Queens Chronicle’s generally excellent coverage of the Department of Transportation’s transformative safety work along 111th Street in Corona. As it is a popular gateway to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, DOT had made this crash-prone street one of our highest priorities over the last two years, evidenced by countless hours of community consultation, engagement and compromise — all reported in-depth by the Chronicle — that finally led to a dramatically redesigned street late last summer.

Under Vision Zero, a core mission of everyone at DOT has been to make our streets safer. Our planners and engineers evaluate and monitor all new construction using data-driven methodology. While it generally takes us many months to evaluate a re-engineered street conclusively, we took very seriously

the article’s claims that the improvements to 111th Street — wider medians, increased on-street parking, shorter pedestrian crossings and protected bike lanes — had somehow in just a few months made the street less safe.

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Our immigration crisis must be addressed
Updated: January 25, 2018 - 1:10 pm

I’m passionate about solving our nation’s immigration crisis. Why, you ask? The answer is simple. My family’s story, like many families’ stories throughout New York and the country, did not start here in America.

My father was born in Italy and came here as a boy. He was the first in his neighborhood to go to college. He then fought in World War II as a navigator on a B-24 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he went to Harvard Law School on the GI Bill and went on to serve as the youngest judge in the history of New York State. I’m a first-generation American, and thanks to my immigrant father, I can proudly say that our family lived the American Dream.

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New Year Brings Critical Decision for Salvadorans with TPS
Updated: January 11, 2018 - 9:21 am

For over 4,000 Salvadoran residents in New York City, the start of the new year is bittersweet: in the coming days, the Trump Administration will announce if it plans to extend a crucial protection that keeps these residents safely in the five boroughs, or decide to force these long-time residents from their homes.

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