Where were the cops? That’s one thing JFK Airport security guard and mother of five Elizabeth Gomes has wondered since she was savagely beaten, kicked again and again, by some degenerate at the Howard Beach A train station last week. She may end up losing her vision in one eye as a result of the savagery.

Well, a lot of the cops have retired or switched to other departments. The NYPD has gone from its peak of 40,700 officers in late 2001 to about 36,000 today. And some of those who remained were put on leave or fired, because they refused to get their Covid-19 shots. On Tuesday the city finally agreed to stop defying a court order and threatening more with the same fate. It also should take back any who were put on leave without pay or fired over vaccine refusal, because we just don’t have enough experienced cops out there right now.

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There should be an Indigenous Peoples Day in New York State. It just shouldn’t be on Columbus Day.Yet the push to replace the holiday that honors the explorer and celebrates both Italian-American heritage and Western civilization itself with …

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So, they’re in. After running roughshod over the National League for five and a-half months (save 10 days earlier this month, when they fell out of first place, reclaimed first place, then got swept by the Cubs while still retaining first pla…

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There’s a lot of confusion out there when it comes to the e-bikes and scooters that are taking up more and more of our streets and sidewalks. What exactly was made legal may not be clear to everyone — in fact it’s not even always clear to pol…

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Reducing class sizes is easier said than done, but try telling that to the state Legislature and Gov. Hochul. She just signed the bill lawmakers passed in June placing new limits on class sizes. It’s a noble goal, but what about unintended co…

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The plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with jails based in every borough save Staten Island was always more about wishful thinking, virtue signaling and pandering than anything practical. The only sensible aspect of it was that detain…

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The State of New York is discriminating against our best drug dealers.In order to get a marijuana dispensing license during the lucrative first round of permitting, you must either have a pot-related conviction on your record or have a close …

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Don’t worry, kids, you can still go to the store to buy whipped cream for those sundaes you’re making at home!This week a number of media outlets, from local to national, put out some bad reporting about the state ban on selling nitrous oxide…

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Summer’s almost gone, which means not just that kids are going back to class and we’re all going into autumn, but that you’re doing it armed with the Queens Chronicle’s annual Back to School and Fall Guide special edition.We hope you’ll find …

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Even if you’re such a nice guy that you wouldn’t hurt a fly, we ask that you make an exception. The spotted lanternfly has got to go.To get a better look at the destructive little bug, check out our story in this week’s edition or at qchron.c…

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We’ll all suffer if congestion pricing is imposed, but one group that would really take a hit are for-hire vehicle drivers.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has laid on the table seven different plans to siphon money out of your pocke…

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Just about every weekday morning, even in summertime, the folks at ICCD, the Interdisciplinary Center for Child Development, on 62nd Drive in Rego Park go out to the arriving buses to guide the preschoolers inside. One of the adults usually h…

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The powers that be seemingly will not rest until they add to everyone’s cost of living by imposing congestion pricing fees on people driving into Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. Even if you don’t go into the city much, the companies that deli…

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Outside one restaurant in Flushing, the outdoor dining shed wasn’t even being used for dining. A handwritten sign appeared on it in Chinese characters, saying it was busy store location available for rent, according to an affidavit filed in s…

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All-day and all-night operation of speed cameras in school zones is here. Just a few notes on that:The definition of school zone has been warped beyond all recognition to allow cameras anywhere within a quarter-mile of any campus.

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“Thanks for the hot dog, chief. Now how about the hotdogging up and down the streets that these dirt bike and ATV riders are doing all the time? What are you doing about that?”Though they need not be quite so blunt, Queens residents will soon…

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her western Queens district in large part because the incumbent congressman had become complacent, spending so much time at his suburban Washington home that he became known as “Virginia Joe Crowley.”Is Ocasi…

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If there’s one community that could lay claim to the title “capital of Queens,” it’s Jamaica (sorry, Flushing; you’re a respectably close second). Its history as a center for commerce goes back to Dutch Colonial times at least; Jamaica Avenue…

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The City Council’s 51 districts are in the midst of being redrawn, and if you have an opinion on how that should be done, you’ll get your chance to voice it at a hearing to be held sometime next month.Draft maps have been drawn up by the New …

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Don’t throw the ferry out with the math-water! It’s true the numbers don’t add up when it comes to the cost of running NYC Ferry, as per a new audit from city Comptroller Brad Lander, but that’s no surprise. This was a Bill de Blasio joint. O…

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The havoc caused by dirt bike and ATV riders who clog up roadways and intimidate or even attack innocent drivers is getting worse, and must be addressed more forcefully.For the past three Sundays, a band of riders that South Queens City Counc…

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There’s been a lot of Queensifying, as we call it — taking statewide and national news and localizing it — here at the Chronicle lately, with good reason.It’s a given that events in Albany, in Washington and worldwide have repercussions here,…

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Score one for the rule of law: “Immigrant voting law must be struck down in court,” this page declared Jan. 13 — and that’s just what happened on Monday.Somehow a majority of the last City Council thought it could ignore the two sections of t…

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State lawmakers are returning to Albany today, June 30, for what’s called an “extraordinary session” convened by Gov. Hochul to address gun laws. The name is more than apropos given the extraordinary recklessness of last week’s Supreme Court …

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“Where words fail, music speaks,” the author Hans Christian Andersen said. Famous family singer Maria Von Trapp said music “acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” Rocker and poet Jim Morrison called it “your onl…

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We’re on the cusp of summer, whether measured scientifically (June 21) or as the last day of school (June 27, a Monday, which is so lame for kids and families). And it’s getting hot out — time to hit the beach!You shore can go wherever you wi…

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Gov. Hochul was not elected to the state’s top office, but got the job when her predecessor stepped down in disgrace.Starting Saturday, you get your chance to help decide whether she has earned a term in office of her own, along with who the …

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Late Wednesday afternoon, as the Queens Chronicle was going to press, accused killer Glenn Hirsch was still behind bars, according to the city Department of Correction. But that could change at any time, even by the time you read this. Hirsch…

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At one blaze in Corona, a semiconscious woman managed to tell Firefighter Andrew Gabor that her baby was missing. He notified the rest of the crew from Ladder 138 that was searching the burning building. Firefighter Edwin Rodriguez found the …

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The devil is in the details, and here’s the one that means the new bill in Albany to renew mayoral control of schools will seriously weaken the system: The mayor, and others who appoint people to the Panel for Educational Policy, will no long…

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Just about anyone with common sense knows that what we need today in New York City is more people locked up, not fewer. The revolving door of justice, which has existed for decades but was wildly exacerbated by the insane bail “reform” law of…

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Whether you decry them as “assault weapons” that don’t belong in public hands or tout them as “modern sporting rifles” that do, we all can agree that AR-15s and their derivatives are high-quality, efficient, accurate, reliable firearms.That’s…

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Just don’t speed!That’s our message to all those critics out there of the expanded speed camera program our elected officials may be on the verge of enacting.

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This page was way ahead of the curve in our March 12, 2015 editorial “New York’s Asian awakening,” which spoke of the rising political activism among the Chinese- and Korean-American communities here in particular. Driven by education concern…

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Unnecessary fines are the bane of small businesses and something every mayor promises to address. As candidates they run on a platform of reforming the convoluted system under which summonses are issued, but once in office, they see the reven…

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Mayor Adams’ mantra since taking office is that his administration gets stuff done. It would serve him well to focus more on living up to it, getting done those things that he got elected on, and enjoying a little less on the glitz and glamou…

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It’s wonderful to see that so many cultural venues have reopened to in-person events, and we hope this new Covid surge peters out soon enough and doesn’t thwart the city’s revival.There are countless shows, activities and exhibits worth going…

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When former Mayor Ed Koch asked people, “How’m I doin’?” as he loved to do, the answer probably never came back “Perfect in every way, your honor!” In fact, Koch also famously said, “If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, vote for me.…

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In the New York Press Association’s 2021 newspaper contest pitting weeklies from all across the state against one another, the Queens Chronicle racked up more points for its news content than any paper in the city.We won three first-place awa…

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No chief executive wants to give up power over any part of government, but Mayor Adams could very well benefit from accepting federal leadership of Rikers Island. So too could the guards, inmates, visitors — and all New Yorkers.Conditions at …

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The New York Times has dutifully reported on the worldwide environmental situation, changing its everyday terminology over time from global warming to climate change to climate crisis.It regularly attributes significant weather events to risi…

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“Maspeth Minimum” has long been the term for Maspeth High School’s practice of providing students, through fraud, with whatever grades or classes they needed to graduate so the kids could be pushed into college or the real world whether prepa…

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Combine the determination of Mayor Adams to turn the city around in both the long and short term, the innovation of the Success Academy charter school network and the largesse of fabulously wealthy former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and what do you…

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Maybe former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is right, and Tuesday’s terror attack on a train in Brooklyn that injured 29 people, 10 of them with gunshot wounds, will be an inflection point. Speaking on WOR Radio Wednesday morning, Bratton s…

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As the players step up to the plate for the first time this season across the country today, April 7, the Mets are looking mighty fine. For decades, and especially since the Bernie Madoff scandal, they’ve been the lesser franchise in New York…

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Want to see kids get excited about the STEM fields that are vital to not only their future but that of our very nation? Get them building robots! Then let them pit their machines against those built by other kids. That’s what the FIRST Roboti…

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Need a job? JetBlue has 5,000 of them available. Queens’ own airline — which not only flies out of both our airports but keeps its corporate headquarters in Long Island City — is expanding and needs a bigger workforce. That’s great news not o…

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On any given night these days there are about 8,400 homeless families living in a shelter in the city, all of them dealing with the various stressors that comes with that, on top of what landed them there in the first place.Among the things t…

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Thank goodness the governor didn’t keep her word.Just two months ago, Gov. Hochul said she would not “cave to pressure” and call for adjustments to the insane bail and other criminal justice “reform” laws Albany forced on the innocent people …

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Ferries are how New Yorkers crossed the East River before we had bridges. Now they’re a novelty commuter option for a relatively small number of people who cost the rest of us a good amount of money on each ride.They’re also one of the 14 (ye…

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As if we’re not already subjected enough to a bombardment of ads for mobile sports betting, state lawmakers are looking to let more companies into the game. The Assembly wants to increase the number of vendors taking bets from nine to 14, whi…