OP-ED

New York should establish a registry to identify convicted animal abusers

As Chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee for the past 11 years, it has been my job to ensure that New Yorkers remain safe and secure. At the same time, I have also considered myself the unofficial Chair of the “Animal Safety Committee,” and the latest legislation I’m working on would ensure that the right to be safe from abuse is not limited to people, but extends to our loved ones who cannot speak for or defend themselves – our pets. Read More

Tough Love for Dads: Get Serious on Child Support

Imagine this hypothetical: A pro football player, who makes millions of dollars, has nine kids with eight women. They agree not to name him (wouldn’t want to hurt endorsements), and he agrees to discreetly support them. The mothers all apply for taxpayer benefits and get them — and the state has no way to track down the father for reimbursement. Read More

Safety for criminals

Imagine a world in which criminals control our streets, police officers can’t act for fear of being sanctioned by judges, murders skyrocket back to the levels of the early 1990s and schools and libraries are closed because so much of the city’s money is going for lawsuits against the NYPD. Read More

Drug-Law ‘Reform’ = Unsafe Streets

NEW York City has come a long way since 1973. Crime has dropped by staggering proportions. Almost every neighborhood has become desirable some city blocks, parks and subway stations are unrecognizable. But the city has a dark past that many of us remember all too well. Read More

Putting Our Protectors on Trial

Where would America be without its real-life Jack Bauers — who risk their lives daily to outwit and outfight real-life evil murderers, to keep our country safe? Yet, the next time we need one, he may be too afraid to run to our aid — in fear not of a murderous terrorist madman, but of our own government. Read More

Behind the Bloodshed: The City’s self-inflicted wounds

We’re in the middle of another summer spike in violent crimes and shootings, with yet another small child — this time playing in a sprinkler — wounded. But this year’s spike is worse because it comes in the midst of an overall rise in crime — something we haven’t seen inrecent memory. Read More

Fluoride –If In Doubt, Keep It Out

Did you know that the government is putting toxic chemicals in our water which come from the scrubbing systems of the fertilizer industry and are classified as hazardous wastes: sodium fluorosilicate and fluorosilicic acid. Are you concerned? You should be. Unfortunately, when these chemicals are called fluoride, safety concerns go down the drain. Read More

The MTA’s Invitation to Disaster

The MTA is flirting with disaster. At heavily traveled facilities like the Verrazano-Narrows, Whitestone, Throgs Neck and RFK bridges, and the Queens-Midtown and Brooklyn Battery tunnels, security assignments have been scrapped or substantially trimmed over the past three years. The agency is also leaving assignments uncovered when officers are absent. Bad move. Read More

Spotlighting New York’s Gun Thugs

In other cities, violent gun felons are released by the court system and allowed to disappear back into the alleyways and dark corners that spawned them, but here in New York, we keep them fixed firmly in the spotlight of the law. Now it’s time to shine that light statewide. Read More