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Up on the Board: Syria, knock-off handbags, Women’s Equality Act

The situation in Syria has become so serious that the United States needs to take a stronger role in aiding the rebels, the editorial board believes. Our past position, reflecting the sentiment of the majority of Americans, has been to avoid getting involved. But now that President Barack Obama has committed himself to arms, we feel U.S. aid to the rebels could force Syrian President Bashar Assad to negotiate a truce.

The New York City Council is considering arresting and punishing customers who buy knock-off handbags and watches on city streets. Now ladies from Iowa who visit New York and pick up a cheap purse could be fined up to $1,000 or given a year in jail. The editorial board isn't sure it's such a good idea to add Rikers Island to the list of hot spots for tourists.

We support Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's call to merge the treasurer and comptroller offices. The treasurer job is largely ministerial, and a merger would save the county as much as $1 million.

Our Sunday editorial on the Women’s Equality Act intends to call for the State Senate to bring it to the floor for a vote. There are important political and historical reasons for allowing legislators to say where they stand.

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Up on the Board is the editorial board's blog about what we just discussed at our weekday morning meeting. These meetings are where we talk about the news of the day and hash out our positions for the opinion sections of Newsday, Newsday Westchester and amNew York.


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