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NYC DOE proposing five different models for in-person and remote learning

July 28, 2020

New York City Public Schools will be incorporating up to five different models to accommodate a combination of in-person and remote learning when doors open in September.

Key tenets of the plan include the ability for families to opt out of in-person instruction and choose remote learning full time. Additionally, schools will aim to provide in-person instruction to at least 33 percent of ...

In virtual town hall, NYC DOE re-commits to September reopening

While the nation’s largest school system hasn’t announced an official reopening of schools in the fall, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is determined that students will be learning five days a week in September using a blended model where students are in school for a part of the week and learning remotely on the other days of the week.

Acting First Deputy Chancellor ...

Community Board Chair’s Tenure Ends Soon, But She’s Sticking Around

August 5, 2020

New York, NY—It’s been an exhilarating three and half years for Molly Hollister as Community Board 6 Manhattan’s chair and although her tenure will be ending this year, she still looks forward to participating in the board’s proceedings.

Hollister has been a New Yorker for 20 years. She came here from Eugene, Oregon where she was the head of the advertising department ...

Three rent relief bills in Albany seek to stem the tide of evictions during COVID-19

There are three fairly comprehensive rent relief bills pending in Albany right now that would provide relief for both landlords and tenants as COVID-19 still ravages the economy, but without a groundswell of support the bills may not get out of committee and make it to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

Sam Stein, a housing policy analyst at Community Service Society, a non-profit that ...

Community Board eager to take up discussion around public safety

This week will mark two months since Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Community Board 8 Manhattan is eager to create a new overall committee to explore and discuss issues around public safety in light of the massive demonstrations organized by Black Lives Matter that took ...

Ben Kallos in Favor of Citizens’ Assembly for Action on Climate Change

August 10, 2020

New York, NY—It was June 2019 when the New York City Council passed a resolution sponsored by Council member Ben Kallos declaring a climate emergency and calling for an immediate mobilization to restore a safe climate. Now, one of the climate organizations in a growing coalition, Extinction Rebellion, is calling for a Citizens’ Assembly to accelerate action on the local ...

Councilman Trying to Secure More Affordable Housing

New York, NY—During his tenure as City Councilman, Ben Kallos has worked towards building and preserving at least 1,000 affordable housing units in his district. But some units have been lost to demolition to make way for residential towers that exceed the average building height of 200 feet tall. He has a plan that would compel developers to build more affordable housing when they are ...

Councilman’s Constituent Blames Him for Disparaging Proud Boys

New York, NY—City Councilman Ben Kallos fielded questions about legislation he can propose in light of the controversial arrest of Nikki Stone during a march and protest. He described that the plainclothes police officers who made the arrest could have been the Proud Boys because they weren’t wearing any identification, which prompted a constituent to say that he was unnecessarily ...

Crime Takes Top Spot in Neighborhood Public Safety Survey

August 12, 2020

Bicycle infractions used to be the number one public safety concern for Lenox Hill residents, but with an increase in gunpoint robberies and armed robberies from last year, violent crime is now number one.

The East 72nd Neighborhood Association conducted a virtual neighborhood meeting on Wednesday evening with several elected officials to find out the factors that could possibly explain the ...

Lenox Hill Residents Voice Concerns About Rising Crime

One Lenox Hill resident told their Neighborhood Coordination Officers that the city needs to elect a new mayor similar to Rudy Giuliani because his law-and-order record would put a stop to rising crime incidents in the neighborhood.

The resident said that he and his wife left Manhattan back in the 1970s to escape what they said was a rising crime wave. As crime has consistently trended ...

Gunpoint Robberies Up by 250 Percent Compared to all of 2019

New York, NY—According to the 19th Precinct, Lenox Hill and the Upper East Side are experiencing a significant uptick in robberies, five of them at gunpoint.

In the last 28-days there have been 27 robberies, which represents a 286 percent increase compared to 2019.

In addition, to date, there have been total of 14 gunpoint robberies, compared to 4 for all of last year, a 250 percent ...

Comet NEOWISE to Make Closest Approach on Thursday

July 21, 2020

HAWTHORNE, NJ - Not since Hale-Bopp in 1997 has a comet been so visible to Northern Hemisphere viewers. Comet NEOWISE, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, was found only last March as it began to enter the inner solar system. The icy interloper swung around the sun back in early July, and it is now making a swift exit towards the outer solar system, ...

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Good recordkeeping is an essential element of tax planning

Now is a good time for people to begin thinking about next year’s tax return. While it may seem early to be preparing for 2021, reviewing your recordkeeping now will pay off when it comes time to file again.

Here are some suggestions to help taxpayers keep good records.

Taxpayers should develop a system that keeps all their important information together. They can use a software ...

Using the Tax Withholding Estimator will help taxpayers avoid surprises next year

Using the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator can help taxpayers have the right amount of tax withheld and avoid surprises when filing next year.

Income taxes are pay-as-you-go. By law, taxpayers are required to pay most of their tax as income is received. There are two ways to do this:

Through withholding from paychecks, pension payments, Social Security benefits or certain other government ...

A HERO IN THE MAKING: The Mild-Mannered Man with Autism Behind One of PBS’s Newest Superheroes

PBS premiered a new multiplatform animated PBS KIDS series, co-produced by Twin Cities PBS and Portfolio Entertainment, titled “Hero Elementary” on June 1, 2020.  The school’s students are a diverse cadre who are super – literally.  Because they’re still kids, however, their powers and other aspects of growing up are still a ...

Here’s what taxpayers need to know about the home office deduction

The home office deduction allows qualifying taxpayers to deduct certain home expenses on their tax return. With more people working from home than ever before, some taxpayers may be wondering if they can claim a home office deduction when they file their 2020 tax return next year.

Here are some things to help taxpayers understand the home office deduction and whether they can claim ...

What taxpayers should do if they get a letter or notice from the IRS

Every year the IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for many different reasons.

Here are some do’s and don’ts for taxpayers who receive one:

Don’t ignore it. Most IRS letters and notices are about federal tax returns or tax accounts. Each notice deals with a specific issue and includes specific instructions on what to do.
Don’t panic. The IRS and its ...