Since announcing my run for City Council, I have met and had lengthy conversations with countless neighbors of mine who live in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst and one is … Full Article

OPINION: The New York Press Club addresses Trump’s media stance

The New York Press Club on Monday sent the following letter to President Donald Trump regarding his assertion that the media is the "enemy of the American people."

Dear President Trump,
 … Full Article

OPINION: A newly found lost novel by Walt Whitman

A long-forgotten novel penned by Walt Whitman, who was the editor of the Brooklyn Eagle before the Civil War, is making its way into the hands of new readers, following a surprising discovery of the early-career serial in a now defunct New York newspaper. … Full Article

Letters to the Editor: Forum of D.C. reps in Brooklyn brings out blasts at Donovan

Editor's Note: The recent Brooklyn Newsmakers forum sponsored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce brought together Brooklyn representatives in Washington, D.C. to share their perspectives on the new administration and on the 2017 Congressional session. Republican U.S. Rep. … Full Article

OPINION: Tracing my journey to public service through mentoring

Last year, I received a beautiful note from a young man I first met 29 years ago. He told me that the time we spent together those many years ago had changed his life. What he didn’t realize is that he changed my life as well. … Full Article

OPINION: Still your New York

Today, we face an affordability crisis that threatens New York’s very soul. Everywhere I go, people tell me they feel their ability to remain here slipping away. … Full Article

OPINION: Who are the refugees and immigrants entering the U.S. since the travel ban was lifted?

In an apparent reference to a Washington Times report published last week, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday to warn Americans of a "dangerous" surge in immigration since his executive order temporarily banning refugees from seven majority-Muslim coun … Full Article

OPINION: An open letter to Betsy DeVos

You must be eager to get to work in your new role as Secretary of Education. As you begin to make your transition, we welcome you any day of the week, announced or unannounced, to visit our classroom!   … Full Article

OPINION: Democrats are completely lost

Shattered. Splattered. Scattered. Battered. Tattered. Skewered and plattered. Barely mattered. That was the Democrats after November’s election. But surely in the months since, they’d come together to stand aligned in the face of the flaky imperiousness of our so-called president. … Full Article

OPINION: #PathtoPossible

Last Wednesday in Albany, I proudly stood with hundreds of New York City families — many hailing from my home borough of Brooklyn — to urge fellow lawmakers to support charter schools in achieving their #PathtoPossible vision, which calls for doubling the size of the public charter sector t … Full Article

OPINION: Dear Mr. Mayor

Over the past three years, the city’s affordable housing initiative — Housing New York — has financed 62,506 affordable homes and purports to be ahead of schedule in reaching its goal of creating or preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing in 10 years.  However admirable this progress … Full Article


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