Opinion

Vernuccio’s View: Pacific Allies Coordinate Defense

Vernuccio’s View: Pacific Allies Coordinate Defense

The threat from China’s dramatic increase in military power and escalating aggressiveness has produced extraordinary concern among Pacific nations. Beijing has shown no signs of relenting, even in the face of a ruling by international authorities such as the World […]

Vernuccio’s View: Tiananmen Square: 30 Years, No Improvement

Vernuccio’s View: Tiananmen Square: 30 Years, No Improvement

Thirty years ago this month, the hopes for freedom of nearly a billion people were dashed.  Their dreams were crushed by a tyrannical governing system that had already taken the lives of a hundred million in their own homeland, as […]

Vernucio’s View: Is Pope Francis too political

Vernucio’s View: Is Pope Francis too political

Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, is continuing what some perceive to be a departure from the traditions of the institution he leads. Critics maintain that he has used his highly visible position to engage in temporal matters. […]

Then-challenger  Alessandra Biaggi addressing the Ben Franklin Independent Democratic Club in 2018. Credit: Bob Press

Press Clips: ‘Men Need Not Apply’ Alleged

Staff Turnover at Senator Biaggi’s Office By Robert Press State Senator Alessandra Biaggi took office less than six months ago, and has already seen a larger than normal staff turnover. First, it was junior staffers who were replaced in the […]

Too many cars and not enough road as traffic grinds to a halt at Webster Avenue and East Bedford Park Boulevard.--Photo by David Greene

Driver’s License Debate Fails On Principle, Policy & PopularityOPINION:

Legislative Column from Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C-Canandaigua) A proposal before the Legislature that would allow illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses is meritless, dangerous and an affront to both state and federal laws designed to facilitate […]

by · May 12, 2019 · Op Ed, Opinion
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena visited the recently bombed St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo Tuesday morning to inspect damages caused to the church. (Courtesy Government  of Sri Lanka)

Vernuccio’s View: Can a Sri Lanka-style Attack Happen in U.S.?

Can the type of terrorist attack that occurred in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday happen here in the United States? Last October, eleven people were killed and seven were injured at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in […]

by · April 24, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
NATO Summit 2018

Vernuccio’s View: Is Turkey Still an Ally?

There is a deeper significance in the move by The United States to suspend delivery of its premier fighter planes to ostensible NATO ally Turkey. The move is in response to that nation’s purchase of a sophisticated air defense system, […]

President Trump Welcomes the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil to the White House.  (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Vernuccio’s View: U.S., Brazil Build New Relationship

The rapidly growing relationship between Brazil and the United States since the election of Jair Bolsonaro in October 2018 was emphasized in the March meeting at the White House of the two leaders.  They are said to have a common […]

WYSK: The Negligence of the School Construction Authority

WYSK: The Negligence of the School Construction Authority

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW By Councilman Rubén Díaz, Sr. The Negligence of the School Construction Authority You should know that there is nothing more important for our future than our children. You hear politicians, families, and every day people talk […]

Vernuccio’s View: Is the U.S. Military Strong Enough?

Vernuccio’s View: Is the U.S. Military Strong Enough?

Is America adequately protected? Unlike other federal programs, determining the adequacy of the military depends not on internal factors, but on foreign challenges. Comparing the budgets of various nations is an ineffective way of determining strength. Countries with “command economies” […]

by · March 27, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Vernuccio’s View: Funding America’s Nuclear Deterrent

Vernuccio’s View: Funding America’s Nuclear Deterrent

What will it cost to deter a nuclear attack against the United States? The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is required by law to project the 10-year costs of nuclear forces every two years, and has recently released its analysis. The […]

by · February 27, 2019 · Military, Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Council Member Rev. Rubén Diaz Sr.

WYSK: BRONX COALITION OF MINISTERS AND TAXI DRIVERS WAS EFFECTIVE FOR YDANIS RODRIGUEZ

THE NEW POLITICAL COALITION OF MINISTERS AND TAXI DRIVERS OF THE BRONX WAS EFFECTIVE WITH YDANIS RODRIGUEZ You should know, that in the nonpartisan special election for Public Advocate, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez defeated Melissa Mark-Viverito in Bronx County and stepped […]

by · February 27, 2019 · Opinion, What You Should Know
WYSK: UNIONS FOR AMAZON BUT NOT CITY COUNCIL EMPLOYEES

WYSK: UNIONS FOR AMAZON BUT NOT CITY COUNCIL EMPLOYEES

You should know it was very interesting to sit down during the Amazon hearing at City Council. I listened closely as Council Members questioned the leaders of Amazon in City Council Chambers yesterday. As you know, Amazon entered into negotiations […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken issue with NATO.

Vernuccio’s View: Putin’s Next Target

Vladimir Putin has made it abundantly clear that he regrets the demise of the Soviet Union, and his actions indicate that he is taking all necessary steps to restore Moscow’s former empire, which enslaved numerous nations. The Kremlin’s massive military […]

by · January 24, 2019 · Opinion, Vernuccio's View
Source: US Customs & Border Patrol (cbp.gov)

WYSK: To Build Or Not To Build the Wall and Still Save Face

You should know that the matter of “Building the Wall” on the Southern Mexican Border has reached a political impasse between the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald J. Trump. These […]