Opinions

OPINION: To solve truck woes, infrastructure upgrades are a must

The late Leslie Lewis, longtime president of the 84th Precinct Community Council, which represents Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, DUMBO and Boerum Hill, was a fervent foe of truck drivers who violated regulations while driving through the area.  … Full Article

OPINION: Bottle and can collecting is more than a nuisance and it’s time to address it

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 issue keeps coming up over and over again in every neighborhood.   … Full Article

Turf War: Bringing bikes into road system laid out in stone two centuries ago

Over the last decade, our civic leaders have been attempting to change the way we move. By offering alternate methods of transportation, they hope to build a stronger, more diverse region that is less reliant on one method of conveyance. … Full Article

OPINION: Why do they keep knocking on our doors?

They come to our neighborhoods in a van, or other times in cars. They spread out across the blocks and, one by one, they knock on doors. Or they call. And call. And call. They knock on our door and call when we are eating or sleeping, or trying to spend time with our family. … Full Article

OPINION: Trucks: Can’t live with them, can’t live without them in NYC

Each day, hundreds of thousands of trucks move throughout our region. Vital to our lives, these vehicles carry almost all the goods that our region consumes. However, in the execution of their myriad duties, they crowd our roads, adding to the mayhem that is our infrastructure. … Full Article

OPINION: Presidential Persuasion: So far, the art eludes Trump

One of the most important powers of the U.S. presidency is its power to persuade. But after six months in office, President Donald Trump is far from becoming America’s Persuader-in-Chief. … Full Article

OPINION: Combating gun violence in Brooklyn, beyond

Last month, a growing number of cities across the nation participated in Gun Violence Awareness Month with community activists as well as elected officials hosting rallies, town hall meetings and a range of activities all aimed at combating gun violence. … Full Article

OPINION: MTA’s Music Under New York thrives despite digital competition

Despite the fact that so many transit riders nowadays are rushing from place to place plugged into their phones and can’t even hear what’s happening in the background, MTA’s Music Under New York program, which presents musicians in the subway system, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro N … Full Article

OPINION: Red tape threatens access to mental health services for the most vulnerable

Like many psychologists and mental health professionals, my ability to provide patients with quality mental health care has been increasingly undermined by insurance companies demanding that I hurdle a mountain of red tape just to file a reimbursement claim. … Full Article

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