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Queens Deserves Better Transportation

Feb 13, 2015

  Council Members Van Bramer, left, and Rchards, right, flank an advocate When Rockaway Peninsula's only subway connection to Manhattan – the A Train – was not in service for seven months


Time to Pass the Homeless Protection Act

Feb 06, 2015

Gov. Cuomo outlining his 2015 agenda (photo: @NYGovCuomo) On Saturday morning, in yet another example of the growing trend of attacks on homeless individuals, a traveler at the Newark Liberty International


'Broken Windows:' Immoral, Ineffective, & Out of Time

Feb 05, 2015

NYPD leaders discuss crime (photo: @NYPDNews) Even with the publicized results of the recent work slowdown by officers — cops stopped arresting and ticketing people for minor infractions and crime went


The Bill Cosby of Albany

Feb 03, 2015

Sheldon Silver, foreground, and Vito Lopez (photo: AP/Mike Groll) Since Sheldon Silver's downfall, various members of the Assembly have expressed tears and praise for a man whose progressive politics allowed his


What Shelly Did

Feb 02, 2015

Sheldon Silver (photo: AP/Mike Groll) It's not very hard to grasp Shelly Silver's strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses especially are on full display. Putting aside legal judgments, Shelly exhibited a kind of


New York Must Strengthen Sex Trafficking Laws

Jan 28, 2015

Manhattan DA Cy Vance (photo: DA's office) Sex trafficking is a lucrative criminal enterprise in which youthful looks are in high demand and actual children command top dollar. Yet, gaps in