Op-Ed: On NYPD’s Announced Jaywalking Crackdown


By TransAlt, Executive Director Paul Steely White

On Thursday, November 5, 84-year-old Agalia Gounaris was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Main Street in Flushing, Queens. Just a few days later the local NYPD precinct and elected officials responded with swift action.

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Op-ed: College Access for All (from Harlem To Hollis)!

Schools Chancellor Carmen FariñaBy NYC Schools Chancellor Fariña

Earlier this week, I announced that starting next school year, all New York City high schools will offer the SAT exam free to 11th-graders. Students will take the SAT during the school day in the spring. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Issues Facing NCP (Non-Custodial Parents)

Pope_FrancisDear Pontiff:

We the undersigned, representing ourselves and numerous others whose vocation and mission is the well-being of families welcome you to the City of New York and wish you best tidings during your visit and the 2015 World Meeting of Families. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: On The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement

charles-rangelBy Rep. Charles B. Rangel

Fourteen years ago a terrible thing happened to our country, to our city, when terrorists attacked us on September 11.  Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Making The Team, Equity And Access In High School Sports

Schools Chancellor Carmen FariñaBy Chancellor Fariña

As part of our effort to provide the wonderful, well-rounded education all our students deserve, I am thrilled to announce that we are expanding the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL), with a focus on adding teams at small schools and creating new girls’ teams. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Building Stronger Communities

hw17 girls in articleBy Carmen Fariña, Schools Chancellor

As Chancellor, I love talking to our students and parents at  community meetings, forums, town halls and even in the grocery store –and I hear the same message time and again: every parent wants to see their child graduate ready to conquer the world—and every child wants to follow their dreams and achieve. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: The Bilingual Advantage

Schools Chancellor Carmen FariñaBy Carmen Fariña NYC Schools Chancellor

I grew up speaking Spanish with my parents, who fled their native Spain during its Civil War and settled in Brooklyn. I didn’t know any English when I started kindergarten and the teacher marked me absent for six weeks because I didn’t understand her mangled pronunciation of my last name. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Democracy Depends On Exchanging Ideas. Do Leaders Listen?

robert-obama1By Michael McQuillan

“Answer your mail.”  Mentors taught this as the first rule of politics when I worked in the U.S. Senate for Missouri’s Stuart Symington in the Seventies.  Continue Reading →

Op-Ed : Approach Africa with a New Mindset


By Liya Kebede

There is nothing quite like the open-air markets in Africa.  They are saturated with colour and brimming with energy.  It was during a walk through my favourite artisanal bazaar in Addis, filled with traditional Ethiopian weaving, that the idea first took root that I could cultivate a fashion line, right here in my hometown. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: President Obama And The Baltimore Riots

President_Barack_ObamaBy Michael McQuillan

The Baltimore riots are heart-rending and wrong.  But it is also wrong to misconstrue First Amendment protest rights as for mere venting.  Its purpose, as the Bill of Rights makes clear, is to “petition the government for a redress of grievance.”  Continue Reading →