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Zoning Changes Made in Haste Makes For Bad Government

BY PAMELA WOLFF (public member, CB4) | Sixteen years ago, the Chelsea Plan became a reality. It took years of grinding effort to accomplish. The idea began with Rowena Doyel, founder of the Council of Chelsea Block Associations, and Ed Kirkland, Chair of Community Board 4’s Chelsea Planning and Preservation Committee (now called the Chelsea […]

Retain Newsprint Notification

Retain Newsprint Notification

The following is a letter from the New York State Press Association in response to a provision in Gov. Cuomo’s state budget that would eliminate the requirement to publish proposed constitutional amendments in local newspapers prior to an election. Instead, those proposals would only be published on government websties. Memorandum of Opposition Repeal of Newspaper […]

Governor Cuomo’s Holiday Present

Governor Cuomo’s Holiday Present

BY BOB TRENTLYON  |  What a great surprise, New York State has a spare $5 billion! This money is sorely needed for infrastructure, education, health programs and more, but as the New York Times urged in an editorial on January 15, 2015, this sum should not be used just for ongoing programs, but “for focused, […]

Pay Tribute to Fallen Officers by Paying Respect

Pay Tribute to Fallen Officers by Paying Respect

BY FRANK MEADE  |  Concerning the assassinations of Detective Rafael Ramos and Detective Wenjian Liu: How does one pay tribute effectively to those who are martyred because of the clothing they wear, and the profession to which they are so fully dedicated? Perhaps our greatest tribute to these men would be the simplest and most […]

Transparency and Trust

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  |  The nation’s two most significant news stories in recent weeks both underscore a critical shortcoming too big to ignore — that government, at all levels, too often fails in its obligations for transparency. Whether it’s about guaranteeing that police conduct toward those they’re sworn to protect is free of abuses or […]

An Unprecedented Dialogue on Religion and Revolution

An Unprecedented Dialogue on Religion and Revolution

BY C. CLARK KISSINGER  (Manager, Revolution Books)  |  On Saturday, November 15, the revolutionary Christian Dr. Cornel West will be in Dialogue with the revolutionary communist leader Bob Avakian, live and in person, on “Revolution and Religion: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion” — at The Riverside Church (490 Riverside Drive & […]

Lincoln Said It Best: Honor Our Vets

Lincoln Said It Best: Honor Our Vets

BY KENNETH KOWALD   |   Shortly after the invasion of Afghanistan in October of 2001, there was a surge of patriotism. More American flags were flown. Paper strips with the message “Support Our Troops” appeared on many cars. Than came the Spring of 2003 and our invasion of Iraq in mid-March of that year. […]

Talking Point: Reform Zoning Rules to Protect Vulnerable Blocks

Talking Point: Reform Zoning Rules to Protect Vulnerable Blocks

BY WILL R. ROGERS  |  Over the years, most New York City buildings have been built using “as-of-right” regulations, meaning a project complies with all applicable zoning regulations and does not require any discretionary action by the City Planning Commission or Board of Standards and Appeals. Now, because of advances in building materials, new engineering […]

Participatory Budgeting: Involvement is Easy and Important

Participatory Budgeting: Involvement is Easy and Important

BY COREY JOHNSON COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 3  |  How would you spend $1 million dollars in your community? Would you build a new playground? Would you invest in new technology equipment for your local library or school? Maybe there’s a notoriously bad intersection in the neighborhood and you have a great idea to make it safer […]

Praying for Your Job

BY PAUL SCHINDLER Three years ago, shortly after enactment of New York’s marriage equality law, I had the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with Governor Andrew Cuomo about the hands-on role he played in the fateful final days leading up to that measure’s approval by the Republican-controlled Senate. One critical factor in his negotiations with […]

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