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In a time of national reckoning over who should be toppled from their pedestal, it is also a time to consider honorable public figures who may have been wronged by a racially biased judicial system. A leading African American official of New York City, Larry Seabrook, was a state senator, a state Assemblyman, and lastly a city councilman. more
Some of the days since New York City schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic have felt like weeks, while others have passed with the blink of an eye. But as parents, one thing has remained constant: Our devotion to the health and well-being of our children. more
Recently enacted emergency legislation protecting New Yorkers from eviction and supported by our local legislators makes a good start on a newly visible housing catastrophe. Too many of our Bronx neighbors face deeply entrenched housing inequity: Scarcity of affordable housing makes rents unaffordable, and forces overcrowding into substandard buildings. more
Francisco Montes went to work every day when most of us in New York City stayed safely at home in an effort to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Francisco was one of hundreds of essential workers who continued to toil for long hours during the worst of the pandemic. They risked their health and that of their families, serving community members as they stockpiled toilet paper and basic food staples to hunker down. more
From the moment it rolled out, it was clear the Paycheck Protection Program was not working for everyone. As time went on, it became clear exactly who it wasn’t working for. more
Believing conspiracy theories must be comforting. Conspiracy theorists construct a venomous fantasy of an overwhelming threat, and they’re believed because they give the believer certainty about who the enemy is. more
In the book “The Family of Man,” which contains more than 500 photos exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955, a two-page spread shows individuals by themselves, along with the text, “I am alone with the beating of my heart.” more
Please consider the following: The United States is the only wealthy industrialized country without some form of universal health care. more
In the Aug. 20 edition of The Riverdale Press, Kirstyn Brendlen informatively reports of Jeffrey Dinowitz’s continuing defense of the indefensible closed-door Bronx County judicial selection process. Ms. Brendlen writes that Dinowitz justifies this practice as “a necessary and effective way to get nominations locked in.” more
Finding the ability to return New York City public school students to safe and effective and meaningful in-person instruction is the seminal issue of our time. The loss to young children is incalculable — first-graders may never be able to make up the deficits. more
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