Resolutions. Everyone makes ’em, everyone breaks ’em. But we at The Brooklyn Paper feel that, as journalists, it’s our job to hold these people accountable. So, for the first time ever, we’ve compiled the resolutions of some of our best-loved local celebrities — and promise (resolve, you might say) to follow up at the end of the year to see if they kept their vows.
By all accounts, 2006 was one of best years New York has ever had. But my personal resolution is to make 2007 even better.
Protect children in the shelter system by continuing intense oversight of the agencies handling child welfare; enroll a large percentage of the more than 500,000 New Yorkers who are eligible for food stamps but are not currently enrolled; pass electronic waste legislation, which makes manufacturers responsible for disposing of toxic waste in a way that does not pollute our environment or pose health hazards.
Dim your lights. Use less energy. Shine less. Drive less. Buy local.
To lose more weight than [Borough President] Marty Markowitz, grow taller than [City Councilman] Bill DeBlasio, and to win by a larger margin than [Sen.] Chuck Schumer.
We will be successful in keeping Victory Memorial Hospital an acute care facility. We will see the expansion of local schools by building extensions and additional classrooms. We will target and eliminate wasteful Medicaid fraud in New York State. We will adopt legislation that will lower the cost of prescription drugs. I will continue to advocate for the implementation of the death penalty for cop killers.
We will build additional senior centers and youth centers and we will expand the education tax credit and provide property tax relief. We will make our community, our city, state and nation a better place to live, work and raise a family.
My resolution is to reduce the size of Atlantic Yards.
I lightened up in 2006, and I am resolved to stay svelte in 2007!
As a nation, I hope to see us out of Iraq in 2007. Personally, one of my resolutions is that, despite what promises to be a busy legislative year, I find the time to do more reading.
I resolve to fight for less traffic congestion, safer streets, better bicycling, faster buses, cleaner air, a smaller carbon footprint, smarter development and, without question, convincing Brooklyn drivers to stop honking their f—ing horns so much. Also to write about all of it on streetsblog.org. Oh, and to quit drinking so much coffee.
I resolve to train even harder until I weigh 165 pounds, to pass my general contractors licensing bill for one-, two- and three-family home builders, and to grin madly each time a line drive screeches past New York Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina’s cranium.”
I resolve to make more music; it’s a wonderful way to take on the world!
We will notice when the word “democracy” is made of Gameboy pixels. We will try to catch the impossible irony in mid-air: When a supermodel says “Justice!” through bee-stung lips and cradles an orphan to make an ad for a sweatshop company. This year, we resolve to keep the smiling logo off Dr. King’s tomb by keeping Wal-Mart out of our neighborhood.
My New Year’s resolution is to be more understanding to community issues.
I would like to have a completed design for our new Lakeside Center (to replace the old Wollman rink) ready and reviewed by the community by the end of the year. And I would like to lose 20 pounds while doing it!
My New Year’s resolution is to put tefillin [Jewish prayer phylacteries] on Gersh Kuntzman!
Have dinner at home with my family more often.
My 2007 resolution is to make sure the Parachute Jump reopens!
— with Gersh Kuntzman and Ariella Cohen