There are some people on the City Council who really do seem determined to drive businesses out of the city. Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising when they bill themselves as Democratic Socialists, but it still is.

The latest move reportedly comes from western Queens Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán, said to be drafting a bill that would prevent just about anyone in the city from losing his or her job without “just cause or a legitimate economic reason.” That would mean employers could no longer hire and fire at will. Take on a worker who does the minimum to get by and you’ll never get to replace that person, even if someone who would do a fantastic job is just begging to come on board.

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This page has long stood for law and order, decrying Albany’s insane bail “reform” law that’s got the revolving door of justice spinning faster, advocating against replacing Rikers Island with smaller jails that simply would not hold enough p…

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We understand if Mets owner Steve Cohen wants to have it all — he’s a billionaire. They tend to want a lot. But a line has to be drawn somewhere. And that line has to be drawn here in Queens.Last week we got the news that a soccer stadium wil…

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When the Queens Chronicle asked the state’s Office of Cannabis Management (yes, we have that now, along with a Cannabis Control Board) for a list of those who had won the new licenses to legally sell marijuana, we were really only interested …

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If there’s any development proposal that’s a perfect fit for Willets Point, it has to be a soccer stadium, and Queens got a big boost Wednesday when the mayor announced that the New York City Football Club will make its home there.Constructio…

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No one’s going to do anything about the scourge of illegal e-mopeds on our streets, since they’re so vital to our economy and our leaders’ goals for transportation, but the least we can do is make their batteries less likely to burst into fla…

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Queens history runs deep, and we’ve covered a lot of it in our annual Anniversary special editions over the years, once even delving all the way back to about 18,000 BCE, when the land we stand upon literally was being formed as the glacier a…

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These are confusing economic times. And not just over the long term, and not just for amateur economists like you and us.On Wednesday the Federal Reserve announced an interest rate hike of three-quarters of a point, to a range of 3.75 to 4 pe…

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Nationally, the pundits say, the 2024 race will begin as soon as next week’s midterm elections are over. Here in New York City, there will be another set of contests in between: for City Council.“Wait,” you say, “we just voted for Council las…

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Trying to bring some order to the growing chaos and lawlessness on city streets and sidewalks, City Councilman Bob Holden of Maspeth has introduced a bill that would require all those e-bikes and e-scooters you see weaving through traffic to …

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Election Day is Nov. 8, but there’s no need to wait to cast your ballot. Early voting begins Saturday, Oct. 29 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 6.You have plenty to vote on: our next governor, lieutenant governor, state attorney general, comptro…

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Nothing in city law requires a developer to set aside 55 percent of the units in a new housing project as affordable — meaning rented at below-market rates and mostly subsidized. Yet that’s the arbitrary demand City Councilwoman Julie Won is …

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Leaving Citi Field on Sunday night, following a half-hour of excitement (pregame and the first inning) and two and a half hours of the slog toward the death of the 2022 Mets (everything that followed), an aura of disbelief and disappointment …

Any hope of restoring train service along the Long Island Rail Road’s old Rockaway Beach Line was always slim to none. Yes, it would be great in theory to have a new public transit connection from Rockaway to Rego Park, but the obstacles were…

People living in public housing deserve hot food, not hot plates. Yet the latter is what they need at the Bland Houses in Flushing, where nearly 400 residents have been without cooking gas since the beginning of May. Some say they also lack g…

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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 …

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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…