An Open Letter to Dante de Blasio to Help Heal NYC

An Open Letter to Dante de Blasio to Help Heal NYC

New York City must come together to Heal.  The pointless murders of Officers Ramos and Liu show us that words do matter.  They also serve to remind New Yorkers that every day, the NYPD and FDNY put their lives on the line to protect all New Yorkers – a lesson we seem to have forgetten since 9/11.

The current divisiveness between politicians, the police and residents must somehow be dialed back. Dante de Blasio can again play a role in helping.   My letter to Dante asking him to join with me as teenagers to show the adults that people with different ideas can engage in civil dialogue.  See the pdf of my letter here.

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Please Donate to Silver Shield Foundation

Please Donate to Silver Shield Foundation

As a high school student I know that all parents worry about paying for college tuition. Please consider making a donation in the name of Office Ramos to the Silver Shield Foundation.  The Silver Shield Foundation has been helping children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty with the cost of their education. The Foundation sets aside an education fund for each surviving child to assist with tuition payments for prep school, college and university undergraduate and graduate school, vocational and technical school, and tutoring services.  

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Mr. Mayor, You Cannot Hide Behind Fences

Mr. Mayor, You Cannot Hide Behind Fences

Yesterday two NYPD police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy area were shot – assassinated was the word Police Commission Bratton used  -- while they had lunch. 

The officers, Wenjuan Liu and Rafael Ramos, both had families.  The officers were eating.  They were probably talking about their plans for the Christmas holidays.  Officer Liu was just married.  Officer Ramos had a thirteen year old son.  They were not making an arrest.  They were not pursuing a criminal.  They were eating in their patrol car.  And they were gunned down solely because the wore the uniform of the NYPD.

This morning a third NYPD officer just escaped with his life when a  man shooting out windows of apartment building in the Bronx turned his gun on the officer and  pulled the trigger at point blank range.

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Mr. Mayor, Driving a Carriage is NOT Immoral

Mr. Mayor, Driving a Carriage is NOT Immoral

Mayor Bill de Blasio, as rationale for his bid to end the 150 year old tradition of Central Park's Carriage Horses and with it destroy the livelihood of 300 hardworking New York City families called the industry and its drivers Immoral.

Today, I had the opportunity to speak out against his action at a Carriage Horse rally held on the steps of New York City Hall. 

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The Truth About Animals in Conservancies and Those Who Participate in Urban Franchise

The Truth About Animals in Conservancies and Those Who Participate in Urban Franchise

Think about products consumers buy that are made from animals in grave danger of extinction. There are the ivory keys of a grand piano from an Asian Elephant. Then there’s the Burmese Python designer handbag being toted around on Park Avenue. How could you overlook the Bengal Tiger skin rug? It’s undeniable that seeing animals in their natural habitat is an utterly spectacular sight, but with illegal poaching, species endangerment, and consumer necessity, it’s no longer a safe environment for animal populations in rapid decline. Animal franchises such as circuses, SeaWorld, carriage industries, and so on protect animals from external harm while allowing them to participate in the lives of humans.

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People Come for the Horses; This is Part of NYC

People Come for the Horses; This is Part of NYC

Summer is drawing to a close and with that comes the arrival of fashion week in New York City. Our carriage horses will once again be in the news because they will be carrying the models as they make their grand entrance to the runway. This is a good time to remind us all that the horse carriages are a beloved time honored tradition for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Unlike so many things that can polarize a city, the horses are not a political issue. The three major newspaper publications in our city are all in support of the horse carriages and the charm and spirit that they bring to the fabric of our city. 

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My visit to the Elephant Conservation Center

My visit to the Elephant Conservation Center

Asian elephants and elephants worldwide are in danger of extinction. Their numbers are dwindling with only about 35,000 Asian elephants left. They are being poached for their valuable ivory.  Wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest international crime carried out by global criminal syndicates.  The trade is almost as lucrative as drugs and there’s even evidence that poaching now fuels terrorist activities.

                I was fortunate enough to get invited to learn about these fascinating, gentle giants at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Elephant Conservation Center outside of Orlando, Florida. I couldn’t help but think of it as an oasis for the large elephant family I met.

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An Open Response to Mr. Wood

This is in response to a posting on the IconicNYC.org's facebook page of a photo taken 23 years ago on  on published in the Daily News in 1991.  It called the members of IconicNYC both ignorant, cruel, and selfish.  

There are other photos posted on the page which we will not attribute to Mr. Wood but will remove because of the objectionable language.  

We will leave Mr. Wood's photo as it is part of the debate.  We wonder if the anti-hose people would extend the same courtesy if the shoe was on the other foot.  

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