Dear Editor:

Now more than ever, New Yorkers are sick and tired of the failed progressive policies that make our city more dangerous and less affordable. The voters in Queens have a choice this November: Do they want a socialist City Council majority that caters to the needs of the special interest groups, or do they want to elect common-sense candidates who will stand up for the rest of us? I think your readers already know the answer to that question.

I am supporting my good friend Mike Conigliaro for City Council in District 29, and I hope my friends in the Queens Jewish community will do the same. Mike will work with the NYPD to keep our streets safe. Mike will stand up for small businesses and local mom-and-pop shops. Mike will be a strong voice for property tax relief and the forgotten middle class. Most importantly, Mike will not be a rubber stamp for the radical left agenda that is destroying the quality of life in our city. That is what is at stake in this election.

I believe Mike Conigliaro can win this race if enough people come out and vote on Tuesday, November 2. Take it from me, a Republican can win in Queens, even when the odds are not in his/her favor. This election may come down to just a handful of votes, and yours could mean the difference. Every vote counts!

Eric Ulrich
City Council Member


Dear Editor:

Last week, Warren Hecht wrote about much of his deep faith in government bureaucrats, while also criticizing the governor of Florida – although it is the governor of Florida who constantly displays far more common sense than literally all of the many politicians from the Democratic Party in whom Mr. Hecht continues to place his own trust. Just a couple of weeks ago in The Wall Street Journal, there was a column about how very many young Orthodox Jewish families are moving from New York to Florida!

Mr. Hecht also has written in the paper about how he watches television, so he has to have a skewed view of what the overwhelming majority of the frum community believes to be the best course of action.

 Choni Herschel Kantor
Kew Gardens, New York


Dear Editor:

Happy Birthday, President Lyndon B. Johnson!

The late President Lyndon B. Johnson was born on August 27, 1908. Many remember him for succeeding President John F. Kennedy after his assassination in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Others remember him for his domestic Great Society Program, which included Civil Rights, Medicare, Medicaid, War on Poverty, and Public Broadcasting. There was also foreign policy, most notably the Vietnam War.

Few remember that the success of public transportation can be traced back to one of President Johnson’s greatest accomplishments that continues to benefit many Americans today. On July 9, 1964, he signed the “Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964” into law. Subsequently, this has resulted in the investment of several hundred billion dollars into public transportation under grants from the Federal Transit Administration (prior to 1991 known as the Urban Mass Transit Administration).

Even with COVID-19, millions of Americans continue utilizing various public transportation alternatives. They include local and express bus, ferry, jitney, light rail, subway, and commuter rail services.

Investment in public transportation today contributes to economic growth, employment, and a stronger economy. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments we can make.

Larry Penner