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The resignation letter schools chief Carranza should write

Rather than continuing to sow racial divisions, to walk out on aggrieved parents, to wink and nod at grade-fixing, to alienate elected officials and to allow little girls to get pummeled in the middle school cafeteria, New York City Schools C…

Three cheers for Neir’s!
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 11:54 am

We’re thrilled that of all the gin joints in all the world, Neir’s Tavern, a Woodhaven institution since 1829, has been saved at the 11th hour thanks to fast action on the part of political and business officials including the head of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Mayor de Blasio himself.

Late last week it looked as if the historical bar — founded 30 years after George Washington’s death, 32 years before the Civil War’s start — was facing its final closing time. The rent was skyrocketing and owner Loycent Gordon, a city firefighter, was out of options. He posted a sad farewell on Thursday announcing Neir’s would serve its last drinks Sunday.

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Good protest, bad protest
Posted: January 16, 2020

This page has opposed both an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport running along the Flushing Promenade and the overdevelopment of the waterfront area formerly known as Flushing West. So we sympathize with those who protested the separate, pending plans this week — at least with some of them.

For there are good protests and there are bad protests.

Those opposed to the AirTrain went to a meeting about it Tuesday and rallied outside the event space. Then they went in and politely spoke with people about their concerns over what the plan would do to their homes and the environment, concerns we share.

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Fix the no-bail law now
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:37 am

Rarely are the negative impacts of misguided legislation so obvious so quickly to so many. But the so-called “criminal justice reform” measure state lawmakers slipped into the budget last year is a remarkably bad bit of lawmaking.

In effect for all of a week so far, it’s already the target of reform efforts — ones that are utterly necessary for the sake of public safety.

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Cuomo veto harms Jamaica Bay
Posted: January 09, 2020

One of Gov. Cuomo’s favorite political tricks is to slip things through when or where no one’s looking, whether it’s taking a historical name off a bridge so he could put his father’s name on it instead, making major policy changes in a budget plan instead of individual bills, or thwarting the restoration of Jamaica Bay by allowing toxic fill to be dumped into it.

He made the latter move the Friday before Chanukah and Christmas, when he vetoed a bill that would have blocked the state from continuing to deposit dirt dredged up from the Hudson River bottom into the bay. Most people were otherwise occupied and missed this, but not South Queens state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, who introduced the bill.

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Thursday 01/02/2020
Too dangerous to be free
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 11:06 am

A few common themes run through the case of a Brooklyn woman who police say assaulted three Jewish women out of the blue and the far more horrific terrorist attack allegedly committed by a Harlem man on a group of Chanukah celebrants in the northern suburb of Monsey.

The first and most obvious is the anti-Semitism. “Yes, I slapped them. I cursed them out. I said ‘F-U, Jews,’” Brooklyn suspect Tiffany Harris told cops after the assault, according to the criminal complaint filed against her.

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The city’s sorry sewage slam on us
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 1:52 pm

When a wayward child gets caught doing something wrong, or failing to do something he was supposed to do, he might immediately blame someone else, revealing the immaturity and lack of responsibility his parents are hoping he’ll soon outgrow.

And so it is with our city government.

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Thursday 12/26/2019
List of crimes for which bail is barred is simply stunning
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 12:31 pm

The following are crimes for which judges will no longer be allowed to impose bail under the criminal justice “reforms” taking effect Jan. 1, as compiled by the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York.

• Aggravated Assault upon a Person Less than 11 Years Old.

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Thursday 12/19/2019
Backing a bill to save the birds
Updated: December 26, 2019 - 11:39 am

Queens is for the birds — at least when it comes to the new law passed last week to stop the poor things from killing themselves en masse by flying into our windows and glass-encased buildings. Every one of our members of the City Council voted for the measure, which passed 43-3 last Tuesday, except for Eric Ulrich, who was absent.

The bill attacks a serious problem — as many as 230,000 birds die in the city each year because they crash into glass they don’t see, according to NYC Audubon. And even that tally may be low. Nationwide, the figure is about 600 million a year, according to the American Bird Conservancy, out of which you’d expect New York City to be responsible for more than the 0.04 percent represented by 230,000.

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Cheers for Cuomo on Cabrini
Posted: December 19, 2019

When British officials asked the public to select a name for a new research vessel and the winner was Boaty McBoatface, they found themselves in a dilly of a pickle. They went with the RRS Sir David Attenborough instead but, not wanting to ignore the public altogether, they gave the name to one of the ship’s unmanned subs.

When New York City asked the public to name great historical women for whom statues should be erected, and the top choice was Catholic Saint Mother Cabrini, first lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen had no such respect for the public — or the saint. They simply nixed the choice. Not the right worldview, apparently. Or ethnicity. So, no statue for the city, just a bunch of angry Catholics and Italians.

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Thursday 12/12/2019
Queens doesn’t need forced diversity in middle schools
Updated: December 19, 2019 - 1:57 pm

Give Mayor de Blasio credit for establishing universal pre-K and expanding it to 3-K. No doubt those programs are giving thousands of children an educational foundation they otherwise would not have while providing great relief to working parents.

But when you get beyond nursery school, the mayor’s educational policies are divisive disasters: think of the attacks on the “elite eight” high schools and the Success Academy charter system, or the failed Renewal Schools program. The latest victims of his misguided experiments in social engineering are the children and families of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Briarwood, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Jamaica: the people of School District 28.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
NYS can’t afford a tax hike
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 1:33 pm

New York has already lost its status as the third most populous state in the union to Florida. And we’re sure to lose at least one congressional seat after the next Census because although the population continues to grow, the rate of increase lags behind that of other states.

Yet here we have state legislative leaders looking to drive yet more people down to Boca Raton — not to mention North Carolina, Texas and everywhere else New Yorkers fleeing high taxes and a high cost of living head to. They’re eying a tax hike, even after the recent Republican tax bill limited the amount of state and local tax deductions residents could take, effectively raising rates.

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Racial hatred, soon erased
Posted: December 05, 2019

Our thanks and respect go out to the good people of Lindenwood, who, when faced with a vile act of hate-filled graffiti vandalism, immediately took action and cleaned it up.

They saw no need to wait for the city to come in and help, though among those who did was an auxiliary police officer with the 106th Precinct. The quick cleanup was an act of neighbor helping neighbor. People coordinated on Facebook pages and made runs to Home Depot for solvent until the cleanup job was done.

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