Tag: op-ed

Op-ed: Congestion pricing would do much more harm than good for New Yorkers

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Jun. 11, 2024 By Assemblymember David I. Weprin Like many residents throughout the five boroughs and across the New York Metro Area, I was pleasantly surprised by Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to “indefinitely pause” the implementation of Congestion Pricing. Rather than seeing this as a cynical calculation, as some have alleged, I see the Governor’s…
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Op-ed | Building a brighter future: The promise of the Jamaica Neighborhood Plan


May. 14, 2024 By Council Member Nantasha Williams, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and Senator Leroy Comrie As the heartbeat of Queens, Jamaica holds a special place in our hearts and the hearts of its residents. It’s a vibrant community with a rich cultural tapestry, bustling streets and a unique identity. Like any urban center,…
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Op-Ed | Hochul: Action is Imperative on Shoplifting, but Violent Crime is Just Fine


Apr. 29, 2024 By Council Member James F. Gennaro Negotiations regarding the New York State budget have just concluded a few days ago and a budget has passed after more than two weeks of delays. But while Gov. Kathy Hochul has proclaimed this year’s ‘bold agenda’ aims to make New York ‘safer,’ there hasn’t been…
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Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety


Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the…
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Op-Ed | Don’t balance the budget on the backs of those who need help


Apr. 1, 2024 By Assemblyman David Weprin Our annual budgets express our values as a state and, to a large degree, determine our fate as citizens. That’s why it’s so important to me to fight the cuts Governor Hochul wants to make in next year’s budget to the consumer directed personal assistance program (CDPAP). Cutting…
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Op-ed | New York City’s broken property tax system


Jan. 8, 2024 By Martha Stark For decades, it has been an open secret that New York City’s property tax system is inequitable and unfair. This regressive system, rooted in outdated and discriminatory policies, has not only exacerbated the housing crisis but also deepened the economic divide, disproportionately burdening lower-income and minority communities. Next week,…
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