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Do Endorsements Really Influence Voters?

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown

Why regular folks might care about who newspapers and bigwigs pick When I was the publisher of a chain of weekly newspapers (including this one), each year around this time, numerous political candidates came to our office for their endorsement interviews. In races for city council or the state assembly or senate, where most voters [&hellip
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The 2013 Race: A Marathon That’s Far From Over

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Voters will be making crucial decisions three times in the upcoming months While many insiders think there’s just three weeks left until we pick a new mayor, comptroller, public advocate, two borough presidents, a district attorney and a new city council – an unprecedented turnover in our municipal government – it’s actually just the second [&hellip
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Live By The Test, Die By The Test

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The Common Core is counting the wrong metrics for education New York City’s education system, like the rest of America’s, has been hijacked by politicians who are eager to tout their success at making much-needed gains. Remember “No Child Left Behind?” That was the George W. Bush administration’s catchy title for revamping public education in [&hellip
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Pity The 2013 Political Candidates

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The public and the media has neglected to cover two interesting and important races It’s hard enough braving the wilting summer heat and standing at subway stations each morning shaking hands and passing out flyers. Then there’s the endless public events and candidate forums that occupy every waking moment – when you’re not on the [&hellip
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Will Democratic Primary Be Like 2001 or 1977?

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The first round of voting for our next mayor could easily repeat history Like the old saying goes: “Those who do not understand history are destined to repeat it.” This is true in local politics as it is for broader social issues. And in this year’s mayoral campaign, it may be more instructive to rewind [&hellip
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Why Spitzer vs. Stringer Matters

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

The winner of the comptroller race could shape city’s future Most New Yorkers don’t know what the city comptroller does, much less how to spell its archaic title. But New York City’s chief financial officer, or the comptroller, is arguably the second most important elected office in city government, and it will likely become even more [&hellip
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Did Weiner Plan Twittergate?

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

A far-fetched but plausible alternate reality for the mayoral candidate By Tom Allon Imagine that for more than a decade you’ve been plotting to become Mayor of New York City and you’ve been blocked from that path by the wealthiest man in town. You’re a reasonably well-known congressman, but your name probably won’t resonate in [&hellip
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Will This Be a Post-Racial Mayoral Election?

Written by Tom Allon on . Posted in News Our Town, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

A GOP victory in 2013? Identity politics is an age-old term for voters picking one of their own. Up until the 1940s, the Irish largely dominated New York politics and ticket balancing meant having one Irish candidate, one Italian candidate and one Jewish candidate to appeal to the dominant ethnic groups in the city. But [&hellip
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