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As the wife of a small business owner in Queens, I’ve seen firsthand how this pandemic has affected businesses like my husband’s throughout the borough. But hard-working local business owners like him and his brother keep doing it because they love their craft (pizza!) and their loyal custom…

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OPINION

A few years ago I wrote an op-ed for this publication that sought to make people aware of how impactful the consistency of neighborhood schooling is on children. Students who attend school with the same groups of children over long periods of…

Tax season is approaching, and replacing your annual Benefit Statement has never been easier. The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security…

OPINION

There are many moments that define a person’s life and career, and one of mine came a mere two weeks ago, when I was asked if I could play a part in the first step to ending the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

IMMIGRATION CORNER

This holiday season, more than ever, I am reminded of the importance of New York City’s immigrant communities. They have taken care of us throughout the pandemic: Half of the one million essential workers on the front lines — delivery workers…

OPINION

It’s no secret the MTA is in trouble; however, when it comes to mass transit, forcing people to pay more for less service is a bad idea. The agency is losing money as a result of a massive hit from Covid-19. Proposed federal stimulus funding …

PRIME TIMES: ASK SOCIAL SECURITY

Nearly 70 million Americans will see a 1.3 percent increase in their Social Security benefits and SSI payments in 2021. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Inde…

ESSAY

He was an Army veteran, age 76 and in failing health, who some 20 years ago became homeless. And last year, his troubles grew even worse.As he slept in a city park in July, someone stole the bag containing all his belongings, including his ID…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our commitment to serving New York City’s immigrant communities has remained consistent. Our work continues to ensure that all New Yorkers trust that they can seek the care they need and to empower our commun…

OPINION

I won’t be the first to tell you, but 2020 is an election year! I am proudly running for re-election to remain your New York State Assemblywoman, so that we can continue to make progress on issues like our environment and our schools, and to …

Immigration Corner

In 1952, Congress designated Sept. 17 Citizenship Day in order to honor the formation and signing of our Constitution. Thereafter, then-President Truman proclaimed “... it is most fitting that every citizen of the United States, whether nativ…

Prime Times 60 Plus: Ask Social Security

During the current coronavirus pandemic, we continue to provide help to you and other people in your communities. While our offices are not providing service to walk-in visitors due to COVID-19, we remain ready and able to help you by phone w…

Opinion

One year ago the mayor’s School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG) proposed to “[d]iscontinue the use of the Gifted & Talented admissions test” and “[i]nstitute a moratorium on new Gifted & Talented programs ...” in a misguided and ill-c…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

Everyone — regardless of country of origin, background or immigration status — has the right to be counted in the U.S. Census. The stakes are clear: the Census determines how critical resources and political power are distributed across the c…

Prime Times 60 Plus: Ask Social Security

There are countless reasons why you can benefit from using your personal my “Social Security” account. Here are five that highlight why opening an account today can help you and the people you love.

We take pride in having provided vital benefits and services to this great nation for 85 years. America has a diverse population with a variety of needs. With our diverse population in mind, we’ve created webpages that speak directly to group…

Opinion

The level of anxiety in the air is palpable; it is difficult to know what our near future holds. We have been struggling to adjust to this new life, calling it the “new normal.” Little about our current times is normal. We have modified and a…

Opinion

As I sit like most of you, sheltered in place, with questions swirling around my head about COVID-19, the killing of George Floyd and protesters in the streets all over the world demanding change ... I am looking into my own mirror, as I hope…

In order for our restaurants and cafes to survive, we all must toss out norms we have lived with for years and seek new solutions.On June 9, 22 restaurant representatives in Astoria met remotely in order to create a proposal with significant …

ESSAY

Finally, after numerous false starts, close calls and dead ends, I landed an exclusive interview last Tuesday afternoon on Austin Street with that notoriously ubiquitous pathogen, the coronavirus itself. As luck would have it, I scored the sc…

On Point

It’s ugly out there as one in seven are struggling to put food on the table, worrying if their job will survive this self-imposed lockdown. A story of heartbreak and despair is behind each of the 36 million Americans out of work. Unprecedente…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, takes place annually on May 1st to celebrate workers and reinforce our collective commitment to ensuring the rights of all people in the workplace. On May 1, 1886, 350,000 workers nationwide …

ESSAY

As a lifelong hypochondriac with a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder, I can tell you this much — a pandemic is no picnic, despite the similarities between the two words.I have not set foot into the street since March 18, a date I remembe…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

As the City of New York works to mitigate the devastating impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community — and as we confront personal fears about our loved ones’ well-being — what has emerged is a New York that is known the world over…

ON POIINT

Health and safety concerns created by COVID-19 are formidable, but we need to temper alarmism with a more practical and sensible approach. The current approach to COVID-19 is driven by mass hysteria and media engaged in 24/7 sensationalism. W…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

Starting today, March 12, New Yorkers citywide — regardless of immigration status — can begin to raise our voices to fight for our fair share of federal funding and political representation by exercising our right to get counted in the 2020 C…

Opinion

Every decade since 1940, New York has lost at least one congressional seat due to an undercount in the decennial Census. The Census is a survey taken every 10 years to count the U.S. population. The information collected is used to determine …

IMMIGRATION CORNER

New York City is not only the most diverse city in the nation, its linguistic diversity is unmatched by any other city in the world, with over 200 languages spoken by residents across the five boroughs. This Friday, Feb. 21, we once again gat…

OPINION

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the New York City Department of Transportation’s moves to rapidly expand its speeding, red-light and bus-lane camera programs. While I applaud the city’s efforts, the DOT should work out the multitude of b…

ON POINT

The incident at Marie Curie should be a wakeup call to all parents who have children in the New York City public school system. A young girl was brutally pummeled by another student in the middle school’s lunchroom, all caught on camera. Whil…

WHAT’S HAPPENING WOODHAVEN

Well it’s February and wow, a leap year, so we get that extra day this year.February usually brings us some snow but then we know March is almost here along with the warmer, lighter days. And Valentine’s Day falls in the month of February, so…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

Last week IDNYC celebrated its fifth birthday by announcing historic additions to the program — including the addition of “IDNYC” in braille to help New Yorkers who are blind or have low vision distinguish and utilize the card — at the very s…

OPINION

The Democratic legislators and leaders in New York, who championed the rights of the innocent to remain free until proven guilty and to be provided with due process of the law while awaiting their day in court, are now reneging on the newly p…

OPINION

Following a massive series of transportation blunders on the part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, there was no service between Queens and Manhattan for the better part of an already horrendous recent Monday. Straphangers trying …

It’s 6:30 a.m., as I take the bus to the Main Street station to get on the 7 train. As I put on my earbuds and scroll through posts on Facebook, I decide to look up and gaze at the commuters in the train, just to see that everyone else is doi…

ON POINT

With the new year now upon us, the bad old days are back with a vengeance. As of Jan. 1, pretrial bail detention is eliminated statewide for virtually all violent and non-violent felonies. Regardless of what you have been told, only the most …

What’s Happening Woodhaven

Wow, January really came fast. Although I don’t like the cold of the winter months, I do start to see a slight change as the days are a tiny bit lighter, a tiny bit longer. That is very good news, and means spring will be just around the corn…

ESSAY

Every year comes to an end with all of us Queens residents knowing just a little more about ourselves and what makes us tick. And just as surely every year starts with us once again trying to figure ourselves out, ideally for all time.I’m no …

ESSAY

What is green, beautiful and colorful? If you guessed community gardens, you’re correct!Community gardens are very important to the environment. They have the ability to “[bind] the neighborhood” (Mark Powell, as cited in the Christian Scienc…

Last month, the MTA released the long-awaited Rockaway Beach Branch reactivation study and the conclusions confirmed what we have known all along; it will benefit overall ridership and all Queens families. To put it plainly, restoring service…

When Amazon announced Long Island City as the location of its second U.S. headquarters, a large population of young and progressive LIC and nearby Astoria residents aggressively opposed the plan. Their reasons for opposition: Amazon, a tax-do…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

As we gather together with family and friends over food and gratitude this holiday season, it is important to remember what is at the core of our holiday celebrations — love of others.I have often used this column to articulate the incredible…