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BY BETSY GOTBAUM This November, in addition to races for federal and state offices, New Yorkers will find three proposals on the back of their ballots. At the heart of all three is the goal to strengthen the city’s democratic institutions and expand representation in government. However, some have flaws that voters should reject.  The […]

BY ANA L. OLIVEIRA It’s time to put an end to the ongoing misery of the Rikers Island jails. Doing so will require wholesale justice reform and investments in community programs to divert people out of the system in the first place. It will also require establishing a smaller system of modern facilities in the […]

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BY ARTHUR PICCOLO Have you ever heard of Hercules Mulligan? You should have. Over 100 years ago, at its annual meeting at Fraunces Tavern, the American Irish Historical Society noted the fact that the great Irish American Hercules Mulligan had yet to receive the recognition he deserved for his role in American history. They expressed […]

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BY ARTHUR PICCOLO Dec. 20, 1989, is a notable date in New York City history. America’s oldest public park, Bowling Green Park in Lower Manhattan, received a very special holiday season a gift that would become and is today legendary as a symbol of New York City known around the world. In a notable act […]

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By John Catsimatidis |  Once again, there are reports that the City Council is nearing a deal that would require retail and grocery stores to charge a fee for every plastic or paper bag used by customers. This was a bad idea in 2008 and it is still a bad idea today. I have always believed […]

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 By John Catsimatidis New York City should not move forward with proposals to raise or eliminate the cap on the number of street vendor permits until we reform the current regulations. Officials must have a full understanding of the impact that these mobile vendors have on brick-and-mortar businesses, and the union employees that work in […]

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BY MICHELLE K. REA  |   We are strongly opposed to the governor’s proposal to eliminate newspaper public notice of proposed constitutional amendments. Instead of publishing public notices, the board of elections would post an abstract and brief description of the proposed amendment somewhere on its website for three days in the week prior to the […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC  |  The Blue School at 241 Water St. is growing with a new additional location and middle school plans that includes offering sixth grade next year. Currently a preschool through fifth grade, the Blue School is converting 233 Water St. into classrooms, offices as well as a planned gym, rooftop playground, […]

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CONTACT HIGHS By Sy Schleimer What a miracle of human sound When sharing by voice was found. Early grunts, shrieks  and  groans Magically evolved into human tones. Enabling pairs  and groups to grow Into diversified societies we know, Inexorable cultural complex needs, Impelled literature and  tech deeds.   The sound images of video and TV Transmitted  life into […]

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BY DR. JAMES H. COOPER  |  Can liberal Christianity be saved? So asked New York Times columnist Ross Douthat in a recent opinion piece, written on the heels of the Episcopal Church’s decision to allow same-sex marriage blessings. He went on to pin the decline in Episcopal Church attendance since the 1960s to a period […]

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