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Marine Transfer Station
July 20th, 2006

Marine Transfer Station at 59th Street and 12th.

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The Border Photo Project
July 12th, 2006

A picture of an immigrant preparing to take the oath of citizenshipfrom the WNYC Brian Lehrer Show Border Photo Project, part of a public radio series on immigration.

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New Design for Freedom Tower
June 28th, 2006

An illustration of a New Design for Freedom Tower

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Revised Memorial at Ground Zero
June 22nd, 2006

An illustration shows one part of the revised memorial at Ground Zero.

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9/11 Monument
June 12th, 2006

The first large-scale 9/11 monument at ground zero was unveiled Saturday.

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Don't Blame Omaha
June 6th, 2006

In the Times op-ed article Protect New York, but Don’t Blame Omaha, Bob Kerry, the current president of New School University but the former Senator from Nebraska, disagrees with the federal government’s “illogical decision” to cut 40 percent from New York City’s grant to prepare for terrorist or natural disasters, but argues that New Yorkers won’t get what they want by making fun of Omaha, which was given a substantial increase in security funding. New Yorkers should focus on more important things, such as refuse to contribute to a Congressional candidate who doesnt support the homeland financing levels requested by Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

One reason the grant request was reduced, Kerry said, is that Homeland Security grants are not for continuing operation. Better for us, then, to try to get these expenses covered in the defense budget, he said.

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New York Moves Too Slow on Wi-Fi
June 6th, 2006

An editorial in the Times argues that New York is behind other cities, like San Francisco and Chicago, in providing wireless Internet access, or Wi-Fi, to the people. The city recently announced that Central Park will be ready to Wi-Fi by the end of July but the rest of citys park will have to wait until next summer. The city needs to get moving to get the larger parks online, but it also has to get serious about wider access, said the Times. The minimal goal should be free or low-cost access in its densely populated, poor neighborhoods in all the boroughs.

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City Hall Station
April 29th, 2006

The ceiling of the City Hall Subway Station.

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Housing Subsidy For Teachers
April 20th, 2006

The New York Times editorial praised the citys latest effort to lure experienced math, science and special education teachers to work in some of the city’s toughest schools. The plan would give teachers with two years of experience $5,000 up front and $400 a month for two years to be used for housing – in exchange for a three-year commitment to a city middle or high school.

The subsidy sends the important signal that the city is dedicated to attracting the best teachers and improving its schools, writes the Times. But it doesnt address the real issue: public universities are turning out too few math and science teachers.

In a New York Post article, Richard Ianuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers, said that this plan is definitely a positive step for the city. “Clearly, though, it’s not going to be enough to lure someone out of a suburban school because it’s not enough to close the [pay] gap,” he said.

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Immigrants Rally
April 12th, 2006

Photo By Susan Sipprelle

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Yankee Stadium and Public Transportation
April 4th, 2006

An editorial in El Diario argues that the City Council should take into account the concerns expressed by community and environmental groups about the new Yankee Stadium.

George Steinbrenner and the Yankees plan to build a new, smaller stadium with large, luxury box seats. But the proposal also calls for the construction of 75 percent more parking garages, writes El Diario. It is just as likely to encourage even more people to drive to the games rather than take public transportation. A better plan would be to urge Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Pataki and the MTA to amend the capital plan and build a Metro North station at Yankee Stadium.

Hours later, the Mayor and the Governor announced their support to build a new Yankee Stadium Multimodal Transportation Center in the South Bronx, which will include the construction of a new Metro-North railroad station. The said the center will help ease the burden on the local streets on game days by enhancing the availability of public transportation.

By on April 4, 2006, 2:48 pm
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That's What Friends Are For
March 30th, 2006

In an effort to reach out for more voters, Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Suozzi posted on his Web site pictures of him and his ethnic friends. It even has a picture of Suozzi helping make matzohs in Brooklyn in the Jewish Friends section. Other friends included in the gallery are African American, Greek, Irish, Italian and Latino, most of them in the kind of outfits that people only wear in parades.

Missing from the list are the Asian friends. But it is common knowledge that Asian friends are difficult to find, especially for a political photo op. Just ask last years mayoral candidate, C. Virginia Fields.

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The "A" Word
March 29th, 2006

To say that the immigration reform bill, passed by Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, is an amnesty is like taking [a cow] into the woods in hunting season, paint the word deer on it and stand back, writes the New York Times Editorial.

The bill provides the path for undocumented immigrants to leave or stay in the country legally. But it would take 11 years, a clean record, a steady job, payment of a $2,000 fine and back taxes, and knowledge of English and civics for an immigrant to become a US citizen. That’s not amnesty,said the Times.

Michael Goodwins of the Daily News, meanwhile, pointed out the shocking truth that no one in Washington has a plan to stop the flow of people coming into country illegally.

The biggest illusion, he said, is that America must somehow first legalize the 11 million-plus illegals here before closing the borders. Right, let’s clean up the water on the floor before we plug the leaky pipe.

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Bishops and Immigration Reform
March 23rd, 2006

The Daily News editorial argues that Brooklyn’s Catholic spiritual leader, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio strikes the right note when he stressed the need for secure borders but at the same time expressed his opposition against a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representative that said anyone who assist an illegal immigrant would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

DiMarzios statement came a day after an op-ed piece in the New York Times by Roger Mahony, the cardinal archbishop of Los Angeles, directing the priests of his archdiocese to disobey the bill if it becomes law.

Critics view these statements as part of a campaign by the American Catholic bishops to wage an intense, sophisticated campaign to promote their version of immigration reform.

Proponent of the bill said that the cardinal points to a provision of the bill that makes it illegal to assist an illegal immigrant to remain in the United States, writes National Review editorial. [The bills] language largely replicates existing legal provisions that have never been applied against charitable work.

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Immigration Reform: Irish Perspective
March 15th, 2006

A Daily News guest columnist argued that a cruel and discriminatory American immigration law has reduced the flow of Irish legal immigration to the United States and left thousands of Irish in New York City without proper documents.

Prior to 1965, virtually any qualified Irish citizen who wished to immigrate to the U.S. was allowed to do so, wrote Brian O’Dwyer, an immigration attorney who heads up the Emerald Isle Immigration Center. In 1965, the quota system gave way to a new rule, which gave preferences only to those immigrants who were able to be sponsored by members of their immediate family.

Irish immigrants are not alone in this struggle, there are at least 400,000 undocumented immigrants in the city. He went on to say that the proposed McCain-Kennedy bill will put an end to the problem. “[The bill] – which would allow immigrants to work here legally for either three or six years – will once and for all restore equity to our fractured immigration policy, he said. Until then, Irish eyes will be weeping, not smiling.

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Gangs in Queens
March 7th, 2006

An editorial in El Diario La Prensa praised State Assembly Member Jose Peralta and State Senator John Sabini for proposing legislation that gives police and school officials more power to fight violent gangs, which would, among other things, “create a databank of gangs that are active nationwide, and would give the school system the power to ban gang colors and symbols in schools.”

According to police department statistics, the number of gang related incidents in the 110th Precinct, which includes Elmhurst and Corona in Queens, went up to 64 last year from 58 in 2004, committed by flourishing Mexican and Central American street gangs called maras. “[Neighborhood residents] now rush to get past certain sections of Roosevelt Avenue and Linden Park before dark because that`s when gang members come out and take over.”

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
March 7th, 2006


Photo by AP

The Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled its fully cleaned and restored facade — and, as Gothamist points out, “it’s not like they have to return it to Italy.”

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Pataki's Health (and the Post's Taste)
March 3rd, 2006

Cartoon by Sean Delonas for The New York Post, February 23, 2006

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Port Hole
February 23rd, 2006

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Lobbying Reform
February 15th, 2006


(Newsday/Walt Handelsman)

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