More than 40 percent of the state’s population lives here in New York City, and when you count the other downstate counties, the number soars above 60 percent. Put simply, this is where the people are. So why does Gov. Cuomo want to see new casinoâ€¦
The idea that the City of New York intentionally discriminated against minority applicants to the Fire Department was never more than a misguided misinterpretation of test results, at best, or a demeaning lie at worst.
Now a federal appeals court has agreed that it was wrong for U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis to determine that was the case because too few black and Hispanic applicants to the FDNY managed to pass the department’s entrance exam.
Preet can’t be beat, unless you think Loretta is better. The U.S. attorneys for the southern and eastern districts of New York, respectively, Preet Bharara and Loretta Lynch, are in the midst of stellar work that should do more to clean up the political corruption that seems endemic to Albany than most so-called reforms have ever managed.
They’re going after corruption in case after case and knocking down one elected domino after another. Any city or state lawmaker who’s on the take and hasn’t been charged yet must be very, very nervous.
Though it may not seem that way lately, Queens is not all about political corruption. It’s also a wonderful place to live, work and play — one that deserves to be celebrated in many ways, as it so often is.
One way it’s being celebrated this weekend is through the original musical “Let’s Hear It For Queens!” The play is written and directed by Mark Lord of Forest Hills, a retired teacher and frequent contributor to this newspaper.
He’s worth about $4.9 billion, according to the latest estimates. He sails around in what may be the world’s largest yacht — one with a pool and helipad.
He’s the deputy prime minister of a backwards Arab nation that lives under Sharia law, oppressing women, gay people and the foreign guest workers who make up nearly 90 percent of his hometown’s population.
How ironic it is that this week the late civic activist Pat Dolan was honored twice by Queens’ officialdom, once directly and once indirectly, while in another instance much of what she fought for was laid aside in favor of smoke and mirrors.
Dolan, the founder and leader of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Conservancy, who was hit by a car a year and a half ago — on her way to a community meeting — epitomized the best of citizen activism. And on Sunday officials recognized her efforts to protect Queens’ crown jewel park by naming the path around Willow Lake the Pat Dolan Trail. How much the humble Dolan would appreciate such a thing is an open question, but her name deserves to be on the park.
Here at the Queens Chronicle, we dislike cigarettes. We dislike how they kill, we dislike how people waste money on them, we dislike the smell that rushes into the office anytime we open the front door while someone is smoking on the sidewalk. The few staffers we’ve had who smoke regularly know they’re addicts and would love to quit.
Over the years we’ve supported Mayor Bloomberg’s agressive stance against smoking — the ban in bars, the ban on beaches, the pending plan to keep tobacco products out of view in stores. All are valid efforts.
Who did it? That’s the question on most minds as the investigation into the terrorist slaughter of three people and the maiming of nearly 200 in Boston on Monday continues.
On Wednesday afternoon we had to suffer through one of the worst failings of the media: false reporting. There has been an arrest, respected outlets such as CNN said. No there hasn’t, law enforcement authorities quickly responded.
“A pretty shameful day for Washington.” That’s how President Obama described the failure on Wednesday of attempts to tighten gun laws. He is correct.
Who could be against expanding background checks for people trying to buy firearms? Only the leadership of the National Rifle Association and its dependents on Capitol Hill. Poll after poll shows the public wants it to be just as difficult to buy a weapon at a gun show as it is at a store. Yet members of the U.S. Senate, led by Republicans but including Democrats, knocked down even that common-sense, along with others meant to reduce the daily carnage in our streets.
“Preventing public corruption is essential to ensuring that government works and can effectively keep the public’s trust,” a top state official said Tuesday.
Once you’re done laughing, consider this: That official was Gov. Cuomo, and that line was just the first in his statement introducing a new bill, the Public Trust Act, that’s designed to cut down on the kind of corruption Queens lawmakers Malcolm Smith and Dan Halloran, and four other people, were accused of on April 2.
Think your vote doesn’t matter? Don’t feel bad — neither do those cast by members of the Borough Board.
That’s one of the nifty tidbits revealed by Monday’s canceled vote on the United States Tennis Association’s expansion plans. The board lacked a quorum you see — and somehow Borough President Helen Marshall knew it would ahead of time, as evidenced by her prepared remarks.
It might be laughable if it weren’t so serious — Republican operative Vince Tabone of Bayside was “less skilled at conducting a patdown than he was at conducting a shakedown.” That’s how the FBI described the GOP apparatchik’s failed attempt to find the wire an undercover agent was wearing when he handed Tabone a wad of cash as part of an alleged bribery scheme.
But it is serious. Deadly serious. The case unveiled Tuesday against Tabone, Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Hollis, Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone and three other alleged conspirators does indeed, as U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “demonstrate, once again, that a show-me-the-money culture seems to pervade every level of New York government.”
Imagine if you were one of those people struggling with a mortgage after the housing market collapse, but making your payments. Maybe you cut back heavily on expenses. Maybe you took out an informal loan from a friend or relative. But you managed.
Meanwhile your neighbor down the street let his house go into foreclosure and just waited for the government to ride to his rescue. You weren’t happy about that.
Judging by the dialogue at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, it looks as if the justices are highly skeptical of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, the misguided 1996 law that should be struck down in the name of equality.
DOMA wrongly defines marriage as only the union of man and woman, denying loving same-sex couples of all the benefits that come with being wed. The law is not just symbolic, because those include financial benefits and protections such as the right to not testify against one’s spouse in a criminal case.