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A Landmark Moment

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | After four years leading the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), Meenakshi Srinivasan has resigned as its chairperson, and will take a position at New York Law School. Srinivasan’s decision to step down from the critical agency, which she announced in April, came less than a month after local activists and preservationists […]

New York Should Take a Page From Utah’s Free-Range Law

New York Should Take a Page From Utah’s Free-Range Law

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Oh, to be as ahead of the curve as Utah! That state just passed the first-in-the-country Free-Range Parenting Law, based on the movement I founded, Free-Range Kids. The law guarantees that parents who choose to let their kids play outside, walk to school, wait briefly in the car (under some circumstances) […]

Canadian Newsprint is Not the Enemy — Tariffs Are

Canadian Newsprint is Not the Enemy — Tariffs Are

BY DAVID CHAVERN | Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for the staff and myself. But with the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. The fact that […]

The War Against Democratic Turncoats Comes to Chelsea

The War Against Democratic Turncoats Comes to Chelsea

BY DONATHAN SALKALN (member, CRDC) | How does New York State — where Hillary Clinton took 59 percent of votes to Donald Trump’s 36.5 percent, and where it elected a Democratic Governor, a Democratic State Assembly, and a Democratic State Senate — still continue to turn its back on much needed Democratic legislation? The answer […]

Talking Point: Let’s Start with Love for the Second Amendment

Talking Point: Let’s Start with Love for the Second Amendment

BY JOSH ROGERS | “A well regulated Militia.” That’s how the Second Amendment starts. It’s a fact often ignored by people on both sides of the gun debate. Increasingly, I hear people who favor more gun restrictions quietly say something along the lines of, “If only we could change or get rid of the Second Amendment…” […]

The West Side Needs a Study for Ferry Service

The West Side Needs a Study for Ferry Service

BY JEFFREY C. LeFRANCOIS | When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan for a citywide ferry network in 2014, transit advocates were ecstatic — until we saw that the proposed routes ignored the West Side of Manhattan.  The routes were informed by a 2013 study that only reviewed the World Trade Center, Christopher St., […]

Your Letters: From our March 1, 2018 Print Edition

City, State Should Consider Alternatives to Congestion Pricing To The Editor: Re: “Why Downtown Should Back Congestion Pricing” (Talking Point, Feb. 22): Charles Komanoff refers to the need to thin out traffic on Manhattan roadways below 60th St. What he fails to emphasize is that this is really not a transportation issue, but a revenue […]

Talking Point: What Would Jane Do? Show the L Shutdown Study!

Talking Point: What Would Jane Do? Show the L Shutdown Study!

NOTE: Since publication of this Talking Point on the web and in print, new data has been released (click on the link, then access Feb. 22’s “14th Street Corridor Traffic Analysis Memo” and “14th Street Traffic Memo Appendices”). BY DAVID R. MARCUS | How ironic to be in 2018, once again embroiled with the city — […]

Why Downtown Should Back Congestion Pricing

Why Downtown Should Back Congestion Pricing

BY CHARLES KOMANOFF | Early last fall, Governor Cuomo’s “Fix NYC” task force chose my intricate Balanced Transportation Analyzer, or BTA, spreadsheet model as its analytical tool to figure out which vehicle tolls and surcharges could best fulfill the governor’s pledge to implement congestion pricing in New York City. Congestion pricing — tolls to drive […]

Your Letters: Issue of Feb. 15, 2018

Open House Off Track To The Editor: I wanted to comment about the open house the MTA and DOT offered last Wednesday night [a Jan. 31 event for transit riders and residents, sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city’s Department of Transportation, held inside the Y’s gym at 344 E. 14th St.]. It […]

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