2009-04-08 E-Edition

How To Find Free Tax Help



Dear Savvy Senior, Where can a tired, old, do-it yourself tax filer get help? Since I’ve retired, I started doing my own taxes, but this year I have several tax questions and need some assistance. Befuddled Barry Dear Barry: For anyone seeking tax help, the free lunch is alive and well. The Internal Revenue Service, AARP, and several Web sites […]

New Ballparks Usher In New Era Plus Traditions



Last Friday a significant event in the history of New York City occurred. The New York Mets and the New York Yankees, the city’s National and American League teams, played the first game in the history of their respective franchises in their new homes. The games were preseason contests—the Mets’ and Yankees’ season openers were both away games—but still marked […]

Letters to the Editor



Why Outsiders At WTC? To The Editor:   The Port Authority has awarded a contract for all the glass at the Freedom Tower to be built by a Chinese company. Although there were American companies who offered bids, the Chinese company was permitted to place another bid at the "11th hour". As a nation we must not allow this to […]

‘Pooper-trators’ Are Ultimate Party Poopers



Spring is finally here, and once again nature is painting our streets and parks with bright brushstrokes of green, red, yellow and pink hues. Even tough New Yorkers, used to getting around on foot regardless of the season, are welcoming the arrival of spring. City streets are once again overflowing with couples walking hand in hand, mothers pushing baby strollers […]

Gianaris Votes Against State Budget



When the $131.8 billion New York state budget passed the Assembly on March 31 by a vote of 94 to 53, Assemblymember Michael Gianaris was not among the “yeas”. “I voted against the state budget this week,” Gianaris said at the April meeting of the United Community Civic Association (UCCA). “There was about $10 billion more [in the budget] than […]

Maloney Calls For Reopening WTC Compensation Fund



Continuing her effort to provide medical assistance for anyone sustaining damage to their health by participation in the cleanup at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attack, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney has filed legislation to reopen a fund to aid those who lost their livelihoods because of their volunteer efforts. The fund, a federal creation called the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), […]

DiNapoli, Thompson Share News Of Economy



The topic, “America’s Financial Meltdown: Recession or Free Fall to Depression?” was, no doubt, on the minds of all attending the April meeting of the United Community Civic Association (UCCA). “Regular American taxpayers are hurting and angry,” said UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo. “Thousands have lost jobs, homes and dreams.” Hard-working Americans were left “unstimulated and uninspired” by decisions of […]

On the brief side…



Maloney Backs Media Protections Congressmember Carolyn Maloney hailed House passage this week of the Free Flow of Information Act, a measure which prevents federal courts from compelling journalists to reveal confidential sources of information in most cases. The bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration, does not cover protection of sources when disclosures could prevent a terrorist attack […]

GAHS Hails Centennial Of Queensboro Bridge



The centenary of the Queensboro Bridge has not gone unnoticed in the city, so the Greater Astoria Historical Society meeting, held on the bridge’s 100th anniversary to the day, was only to be expected. It was nonetheless informative, and even a little quirky. At least a half dozen speakers presented historical and personal material both recited and illustrated, demonstrating that […]