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The completely unnecessary wars over education launched by Mayor de Blasio continued this week, with the specter of dueling rallies in Albany.
One was a protest against de Blasio’s decision to undercut charter schools at every turn. The innovative public schools, though not without problems, are providing wonderful educational opportunities to many students, especially hard-working minorities in poor neighborhoods. But they are anathema to de Blasio’s allies in the teachers union because they are not subject to their rules, and he apparently would rather see those students forced back into substandard traditional schools than be given such a great chance to succeed.
Mass transit advocates took issue with how Gov. Cuomo would like to redirect $40 million in next year’s budget for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
But the governor’s office is responding by saying that the money will help the MTA pay down debt and still keep the agency flush with increased cash.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
(NAPSI)—You can help to reduce the number of adult drownings in your community this summer by learning to swim and encouraging others to join you.
While the debate over universal prekindgarten has been focused on how a plan would be funded, another issue is arising among parents and officials — where would these classes be held?
Queens schools are the most overcrowded in the city, and that is without most of the schools having a pre-K program, and some are wondering if the city Department of Education has a plan for where to put these students when and if universal pre-K is mandated citywide.
If the Department of Environmental Conservation has its way, there won't be a single mute swan left in the State of New York by 2025.
If state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Whitestone) has his way, the birds just might be able to stay here unmolested.
Winter can be a particularly difficult time for seniors, and for those with mental health issues, the isolation can be particularly devastating.
So for members of Club Pride in Douglaston, the loss of a bus in December transporting them to their program at Pride of Judea has been very upsetting. The club is a psycho-social gathering place open five days a week that offers seniors a chance to socialize and get counseling.
February 5, 2014 / New York, NY – In the midst of an unprecedented string of winter storms, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is urgently asking donors to roll up their sleeves to replenish our community blood and platelet supply.
Mayor de Blasio fired his opening salvo in the war on charter schools last week, cutting $210 million that was slated for their expansion and redirecting it to his prekindergarten program, as well as the addition of more space to traditional schools.
While we support full-day pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we do not want to see it established by undercutting charter schools, which are largely providing an excellent education to the children they serve.
“Ready to Launch” — a detailed plan for full-day universal prekindergarten in New York City — was released last week, and business leaders and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside), the chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee, have shown a great interest in Mayor de Blasio’s plan.
Nolan paid a visit to Sunnyside Community Services’ pre-K program, which will be applying for full-day funding under de Blasio’s plan.
Mayor de Blasio this week released his plan to implement universal prekindergarten citywide, and called on Albany to give the city the authority to fund it by raising taxes on those making more than $500,000 a year.
But his campaign has been blunted somewhat — or augmented, depending on whom you ask — by Gov. Cuomo’s announcement that he would seek to bring universal pre-K statewide and not use any tax hikes to fund it.
The state DREAM Act has been dragged along like a loose shoelace for years as time after time the legislation is not voted through.
This year marks state Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Francisco Moya’s fourth attempt to pass the act that would provide tuition assistance to undocumented noncitizens applying to college on a needs basis.
In the early part of the 20th century there were still many 18th- and 19th-century houses in Queens. Most are gone, but among those that remain is one whose occupants played key roles in our history. Jamaica’s King Manor, which blended Dutch and Georgian Colonial architecture, was spared for its historical value, despite its high property value fronting on Jamaica Avenue.
Rufus King (1755-1827) was among the framers of our Constitution and one of New York’s first two U.S. senators. He later was ambassador to the Court of St James’s.
The Northeast Queens Republican Club swore in its newest president, Kevin Ryan, at a ceremony held at the Clearview Golf Course in Bayside on Sunday.
Former Congressman Bob Turner and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R- Ozone Park) swore in the new Board of Governors and the new executive officers. Outgoing president John Watch was also honored for his two years of service to the NEQRC, which has existed since 1894.
A group of Republicans from all over Queens gathered on the steps of Borough Hall on Tuesday to protest what they believe was hate speech aimed at conservatives from Gov. Cuomo last week.
About a dozen Republicans representing organizations like the Queens Village Republican Club and the Rockaway Republican Club held anti-Cuomo signs and took turns speaking against his “kingdom” despite the snowfall and cold temperatures.
When Helen Reddy sang, “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore,” on her 1971 debut album, the words became a call to arms for women everywhere.
Although women have come a long way since then in achieving parity with men, they are still fighting for an equal place in society, a point driven home loudly at last Saturday’s panel discussion, “Standing with Women,” at Temple Beth Shalom in Flushing.
The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps will celebrate it’s 86th birthday with a dinner dance at Russo’s On The Bay on Feb. 6.
The event will also give the vollies, who were badly affected by Hurricane Sandy, a chance to honor a number of people who have helped the department and the community of Hamilton Beach including fire captains from as far away as Mississippi who came to their aid after the storm.
In his State of the State address on Jan. 8, Gov. Cuomo said the state has talked too long about modernizing LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports without the action to back it up.
He said it is time for that to change, even going so far as to have the state take over construction management of LaGuardia’s new central terminal from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
(NAPSI)—People across the country, including you and your family, could be affected by a recent change in fire safety regulations in California.
There’s a battle shaping up in Albany between Gov. Cuomo, who wants to lower taxes and even eliminate some, and Mayor de Blasio, who wants the state to raise taxes on city residents earning more than $500,000 a year.
While de Blasio wants to use new revenue for a worthy cause, universal prekindergarten classes for all 4-year-olds in the city, it’s Cuomo who’s got the right idea.
The city’s two airports and a handful of Queens neighborhoods are expected to benefit directly from a $16.7 billion initiative announced in Albany on Tuesday by Gov. Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden.
The title — “Reimagining New York for a New Reality” — is a mouthful. But it translates into state funding for energy, transportation and infrastructure to protect areas of the state that have proven vulnerable to major weather events since Cuomo took office in 2011.
Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday called for continued reform of education, taxes and government ethics in his annual State of the State address in Albany.
Reviewing the last year, Cuomo pointed to things like an increased minimum wage, property tax caps, health insurance for 265,000 people and the formation of a Moreland Commission to root out public corruption at the state level.