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It is really not that complicated folks. Bring reusable bags to the store. There was a time when we lived without these bags. The world continued to go round. I am sick of seeing these things all over the city, stuck in trees and bushes. Get over it.

I use plastic shopping bags to dispose of my trash. So now I'll have to buy plastic trash bags. As a result, no plastic will leave the trash stream. This fee is a tax and yet another way the government is working against the people!



It is really getting out of hand. This city gives tax breaks to every corporation and rich foreigner but makes the poorest citizens pay extra for everything.





















Boy are you off the wall, Linda. Just look at the film that won best picture last week. Portrays Italians as buffoons. You'll never see Blacks portrayed negatively. Suggest you grab a cup of cappuccino and wake up.












I am not of Italian descent, but I never hear negative stereotypical remarks about Italians. Years ago, there were commentd because of the Mafia, but organized crime has gone international now. This is a nice idea for the community, but I don't really believe such ugly views still exist.























Correction: LIRR's fleet of unregulated, Non-Tier locomotives -- including those NYAR uses -- pollute like 1.2 million cars. The four locomotives NYAR is refurbishing for use at Fresh Pond Yard pollute like 120,000 cars. See this slide from Diesel Technology Forum.

There is one state-of-the-art Tier 4 Switch Duty Cycle locomotive at Fresh Pond Yard today, and no more are on order. The US EPA Certified, California Air Resources Board Verified Tier 4 Switcher locomotive was manufactured by Knoxville Locomotive Works. Waste Management purchased the locomotive with a $1 million US EPA grant that was obtained by the NYC Economic Development Corporation. WM provided a generous cash match. LIRR had nothing to do with this purchase. In fact, LIRR refused to participate when NYC EDC asked them to. The new Tier 4 Switcher is a "mother-slug" locomotive that eliminates 95% of diesel pollution compared to the 1970's freight locomotives the New York & Atlantic Railway and LIRR use today. Now our Senator Addabbo and our Assemblyman Miller are asking LIRR to replace all the old switcher locomotives NYAR is using with new Tier 4 locomotives that are as clean or cleaner than what Waste Management bought. State funding is available to purchase at least four Tier 4 Switch Duty Cycle locomotives in a Tier 4 locomotive procurement LIRR has underway. Since 2013, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi has successfully led funding requests to replace NYAR's locomotives -- a total of $18 million to date. The way LIRR's procurement is written only two NYAR locomotives will be replaced (when there are NYS appropriations available for at least four) and LIRR might buy locomotives that will pollute excessively when MTA, the Governor's office, and President Eng promised to buy the cleanest Tier 4 locomotives. To make matters worse, LIRR staff violated Public Authorities Law and sold four of the old locomotives to NYAR for just $43,400 (three of them in 2017 for just $4,000 each) -- when they were worth up to @ $1 million. Worse still, NYAR is getting the four locomotives refurbished for use at Fresh Pond Yard indefinitely. These four ancient locomotives pollute like 1.3 million cars. Why should neighborhoods of Queens have to endure this when citizens and elected officials have worked for a decade so money is available to buy locomotives that eliminate 95% of this pollution?! Fortunately, LIRR President Phil Eng hired an independent consultant to investigate LIRR's fouled up Tier 4 locomotive procurement after Senator Addabbo, Assemblyman Miller, and Assemblywoman Nolan wrote to him and past MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. There are a total of eight possible locomotives in the current RFP, but current purchasing is only for two, and maybe not the right kind. This is a 100% publicly financed procurement and state funding was given to replace locomotives a private company uses in order to improve public health -- not so private companies could milk the MTA and taxpayers without regard for adverse health impacts on Queens neighborhoods. It's up to the MTA Board and President Eng to get this procurement on track and keep the promises that were made to elected officials and citizens who have worked so hard so families and railroad workers can breathe cleaner air for the next 30 - 40 years.











Please fix the title! It's 30 months, not 30 years!





















Vacant stores have become a common sight in Queens. I live in Whitestone and there are large stores that have been vacant for years. I suspect that it's because of the skyrocketing rents, as well as the quality of the area. Of course, internet shopping certainly hasn't helped.







NYAR President James Bonner asserts that NYAR is a "good neighbor" that "...follows all applicable laws and regulations and will continue to do so." Why then on April 9, 2018, did the MTA write to Senator Joe Addabbo, Assemblyman Mike Miller, and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, saying that if allegations now being tried in a court of law and investigated (at the request of the LIRR Committee and MTA Office of the Inspector General) by the NYS Department of Labor and other agencies are "proven to be true" they "call into question the business integrity of NYAR and whether it should be permitted to continue providing rail freight services over LIRR's network." Tell it to the judge, Mr. Bonner.



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Why I deserve to win a trip to Cancun: Well, this is a little embarrassing, but the point is to win the trip, right? So here it goes…I was in the military for over 21 years. I am proud of my service and love my country. But it has been at a price. So, how do I begin? I’ll start at Ground Zero. As a member of the US Army National Guard, my Military Police unit was mobilized for Ground Zero on 9-11-01. We spent nearly a month working there. Those apocalyptic images and emotions will forever be imbeded into my psyche. I thought I had just about seen the worst man can do to man, on a massive scale. But I was mistaken. Because 15 months later my unit was deployed again, to a place called…Iraq. Once again, I saw and experienced things that, sometimes I relieve in my nightmares. But I am blessed, because I am alive. I cane home. And I thank God for that, because so many of my brothers did not. And I will live with that for the rest of my life. Perhaps later, I will delete this post, I think maybe its self serving and perhaps its inappropriate. But it has taken me years to be able to express myself. And perhaps this is a good thing. [bpfb_images] 36866_0-49093600-1446784880_img_2576-1.jpg [/bpfb_images]







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