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Aside from the merits, the incredibly smug arrogance of Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez alone makes you want to oppose his bill to let immigrants vote in city elections. “If people have a problem with this, then they should move to another town or another country that has not been built by immigrants,” he said at a hearing Monday on the measure, which has the support of a majority of his fellow liberals on the City Council but is opposed by Mayor de Blasio.

You know your bill is a bit too “progressive” when even de Blasio won’t go for it. And there’s that little bit about it flying in the face of the state Constitution.

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Gov. Cuomo’s $2 billion plan for an AirTrain running from LaGuardia Airport to Citi Field instead of to Manhattan has never made much sense. It’s logically on par with his “text stop” parking areas off the Thruway upstate that are only five m…

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As a new school year begins full of hope for increased normalcy and fear that it may remain elusive, the city continues its war on educational excellence. The latest targets are honor rolls and class rankings, which only makes ironic sense gi…

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We all learned from “Poltergeist” that you don’t build housing on a former burial ground. So the owner of the Brinckerhoff Cemetery should be thrilled that the city is still looking to buy the unkempt, unusable Fresh Meadows property.Word cam…

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Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar needs to learn to admit when she’s wrong and just move on. Instead, she’s led us and her constituents down a rabbit hole of confusion this week, one so weird and in denial of reality that seeing Alice in Wonderl…

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Twenty years ago this week, America was united as it had not been in years. When the Twin Towers came down, a hole got blown in the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania was torn up, as four commercial jets hijacked by terrorists were turned i…

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With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eviction moratoriums are unconstitutional if landlords’ rights are completely ignored, New York State is scrambling to come up with a way to protect renters that can hold up in the courts.The need is di…

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Ready to shell out another $13 or so each day to drive to work in Manhattan? Sure you are! That’s only $65 a week. Consider days off and you’re probably only going to pay another $3,000 a year. No big deal, right?Yeah, sure it’s not. Yet this…

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We’re not letting go of summer just yet, but face it, fall and the new school year are right around the corner. The good news? You’ve got the Queens Chronicle’s Back to School and Fall Guide special edition in your hands already!One of our si…

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Between the genuine threat posed by the Covid-19 Delta variant and the natural, biologically ordered compulsion to protect children, it can be easy to think there must be a “remote option” for city students this fall. After all, Mayor de Blas…

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We were glad to see that after sustained pressure from civic activist Aracelia Cook of the 149th Street South Ozone Park Civic Association, continued coverage by the Queens Chronicle and a tour by state Sen. James Sanders Jr. that made the fr…

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We’d like to think that City Councilman Bob Holden of Middle Village sparked a change in Con Edison’s practices with his demand that the utility stop “cold-knocking” on people’s doors to have contractors install smart meters.As Holden pointed…

As soon as she takes office in less than two weeks, incoming Gov. Kathy Hochul must do one thing: Do what Andrew Cuomo did.No, not that. Not that either. And certainly not that!

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. That’s nothing new in the age of Covid. So as uncomfortable as it may be, it’s necessary that the city impose a rule that people be vaccinated in order to eat indoors at a restaurant, go to…

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This is one time we were glad to see JetBlue not cleared for takeoff — when it was floating the idea of shifting focus and jobs from its home in Queens to Florida.Instead, it will stay here and add 1,800 jobs at our area airports; it already …

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Tony Planakis doesn’t scare easily. An Army veteran and retired NYPD detective — who made a name for himself on the job and afterward as “Tony Bees,” the man unafraid of handling swarms of tens of thousands of the little buzzers — he’s been i…

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There are at least three driving forces behind the upsurge in hate crimes, attacks on important institutions and overall disrespect for the law that we’ve been suffering the last couple of years. In one of them public policy can have virtuall…

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Will Mayor de Blasio’s new Academic Recovery Plan, funded with $635 million in federal Covid relief aid that is not slated to be repeated in future years, do much to improve education? We’ll see.Certainly the mayor has tons of new numbers to …

Many of us know the disappointment that comes with suddenly pausing in the middle of whatever you were doing some time in late August when you suddenly realize the summer is almost gone and you didn’t do half of what you meant to do.Don’t let…

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The biggest absurdity about this week’s Board of Elections debacle is that it took the campaign of one of the Democratic mayoral candidates, leading contender Eric Adams, to notify the agency that it had added tens of thousands of votes out o…

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Street redesigns continue to divide communities, with no sign of, ahem, slowing down.The latest is on 39th Avenue in Sunnyside, which has been designated a Bike Boulevard. That means local car traffic only, with a speed limit of 5 mph. Not ev…

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Many times during the Covid-19 pandemic the Queens Chronicle was forced to report on business closures that hit hard, of longtime restaurants that were staples of their neighborhoods, for example, or other operations that ran on shoestring bu…

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With the tumult of the Trump presidency and the worst horrors of the coronavirus pandemic both in the rearview mirror — though either could arise again — many are enjoying a return to normalcy. Finally, politics and policy can again take a ba…

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Issue No. 1 right now in New York City is crime, and candidate No. 1 who can fight it best as mayor is Eric Adams. That’s the main reason, though not the only one, we’re endorsing the Brooklyn borough president — who spent most of his youth i…

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As our miracle vaccines continue to crush Covid-19 into the dark places from which it came, we’re thrilled to see that among the measures of progress we’re marking up is the return of in-person high school graduations.After all they’ve been t…

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Many longtime residents say the city is heading back to the ’70s as crime and grime increase, and now you can count Queens’ Vietnam veterans among them, though for an additional reason uniquely painful to them.Sometime early this week a heart…

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Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are two different things, but the former can bleed into the latter, and that sure appears to be what’s been going on recently in the city.Anyone who pays close enough attention to the news knows that a crowd of …

Mayor de Blasio deserves our thanks for insisting from the beginning of the Covid crisis that kids get back into school as much as possible as soon as possible. The process has been full of fits and starts ever since, thanks to everything fro…

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It almost seems a shame that the Constitution bans ex post facto laws, because it sure would be nice if something could be enacted to prevent Gov. Cuomo from reaping an obscene $5.1 million from that so-called book that he so-called wrote whi…

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The reopening of the city is moving ahead rapidly now, but there’s one institution in particular we’d like to see pick up the pace — because it’s so vital and beloved.That’s the Queens Public Library.

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Conventional wisdom has it that Democrats are so strong and Republicans so weak, we’ll know who our next mayor and most of the City Council will be after the June 22 primaries. The general election is just pro forma. But it could take weeks t…

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Over at his job as a Medicare counselor, Barry Klitsberg says, he’s been getting calls from senior citizens who may have an ulterior motive.“People call up, ostensibly with a problem,” he said in March. “They’re so happy that they get a perso…

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Leave it to the unelected educrats in the city Department of Education to make a divisive policy change, via the school calendar of all things, walk it back a little and leave no one satisfied but many bitter in the end.The issue is Columbus …

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Two scenes from Queens this week: In one, a Chronicle staffer with a face mask on his chin walks into a car repair shop with the bay door and regular door to the office right next to it both wide open, the wind blowing all over. The manager s…

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The city is in the midst of spending its biggest budget ever, with a $10.4 billion increase planned for the next one as money rains down from Washington, and the workforce under Mayor de Blasio is far larger than ever before — but the governm…

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There can never truly be justice for George Floyd, but we got as close to it as we can expect to come Tuesday when a jury found killer cop Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in Floyd’s horrific death. The nation will never forget what it saw …

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What the heck is going on with the U.S. Postal Service? It used to be a veritable Rock of Gibraltar among federal government agencies, or at least that was the perception. You put something in a mailbox and it was sure to get where it was sup…

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Spring is here, and with it the Queens Chronicle’s annual Spring Guide! You’ll find the special pullout supplement inside the paper you’re holding or at qchron.com if you’re reading us online.Publishing the guide marks a major accomplishment.…

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Among the 16 states that have legalized recreational marijuana, only one allows it to be smoked in public. This one.That’s right: Aside from allowing people to smoke weed in their own homes, the new law just signed by Gov. Cuomo lets tokers i…

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For the third time in a month, a fire in Queens turned out much worse than it had to be because of an outdated building feature: the cockloft.On March 4 a Jackson Heights fire damaged six businesses. Last Saturday a Queens Village blaze trash…

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So the feds are “fast tracking” the plan to charge you a new fee every time you drive into Manhattan, by allowing for a less-onerous environmental assessment of the project instead of a deeper environmental impact statement. We can only hope …

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Imagine you had the chance to ask questions of one of the scientists behind the new Perseverance rover we just landed on Mars to cruise around, study the soil, take photos, video and audio and, of course, gather samples that might yield info …

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We have one question for our state lawmakers who still want to impose record tax hikes even after the feds rode to New York’s rescue with $12.7 billion in direct aid for the government in Albany and tens of billions more for entities both pub…

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However the novel coronavirus sprang into being and whenever it first got out of Wuhan, China, has nothing to do with any Asian or Asian-American in the United States. If anything, that person may have fled the very Chinese regime that hid in…

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Is this town big enough for both of us civic associations? That’s the question some may be asking in College Point these days, but we’re sure the answer is an emphatic yes — despite the comments some people have made against a newly formed gr…

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Crime rates in Queens may be bucking citywide trends, but we’re seeing some horrific things here. Last Friday Gudelia Vallinas, a mother of two was shot dead on the street on the Astoria-Woodside border, the third killing of a mom in western …

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Citi Field’s massive parking lots were virtually empty late Monday afternoon when a Chronicle staffer arrived for his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with just a clutch of cars parked around the entrance to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Th…

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The massive parade of vehicles and socially distanced celebration of a former soldier and cop’s 100th birthday held last Sunday was primarily a demonstration of love and respect for someone who dedicated his life to public service. Gary Inzer…

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In her Twitter bio, incoming Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter describes herself in part as a “Disruptor, Leader and Teacher!!” — in that order. But disruption is the last thing New York City schoolchildren need right now. What they need is ca…

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Why on Earth aren’t Queens residents getting the Covid-19 vaccine as fast as they possibly can? Is it the awkward scheduling procedure? The micromanaging of who is eligible at certain sites? Is it a language barrier? Historical distrust of th…

When Mayor de Blasio opposes something that would centralize planning, create reams of paperwork and require the hiring of more people to produce it, all in the name of addressing community needs and historical racial disparities, you know it…