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Run, Hillary, Run: A funny thing happened on the way to Cuomo’s 2016 presidential bid

Written by NYPress Staff on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Our Town

chartock By Alan S. Shartock Meanwhile, something else is going on. An interesting group of people is encouraging the immensely popular Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president, despite her having said she’s done with politics. There is her successor as United States senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, for example. I know Gillibrand, and I can tell you [&hellip
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Searching for Answers in the Sands of Time

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Childhood is where the seed of corrupt politicians is planted  By Alan S. Chartock A long, long time ago, I spent the summers on Fire Island with my family. My best friend, now passed, was Jon Lipsky, who went on to develop a tremendous reputation as a teacher and a playwright of the first order. [&hellip
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New Bill Would Protect Health of Sex Workers and Clients

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Bill would bar the police from confiscating condoms from prostitutes  By Alan S. Chartock There is a new bill floating around the Legislature that would bar prosecutors and the police from confiscating condoms from “sex workers,” also known as prostitutes. Prosecutors use the seized condoms as evidence against the prostitutes. Obviously, if sex workers use [&hellip
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The Governor’s Speech

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By Alan S. Chartock Did you see The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth? I loved that movie, which told the story of how King George VI, the present Queen Elizabeth’s father, overcame a stutter by going to an eccentric speech pathologist. I understand there may be a sequel in the offing called The New York [&hellip
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An Unlikey Hero

Written by West Side Spirit on . Posted in Opinion Our Town, Our Town, West Side Spirit

An Unlikely Hero DiNapoli is facing down some powerful enemies By Alan S. Chartock I am a huge Tom DiNapoli fan. Unlike others in politics, the New York State Comptroller is not a self-seeking, preening politician who is always trying to take political prisoners to get ahead. He doesn’t want to be president or governor [&hellip
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Unions Will Have the Last Laugh on Cuomo: The governor has some repair work to do to recapture working vote

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By Alan Chartock It was organized labor unions that gave working people in this country a chance to share in the American dream. Now these same unions are under attack, and it shows in the decreasing numbers of Americans who join unions. Some of the problems, of course, have to do with the often incorrect [&hellip
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No Room for Mistakes

Written by admin on . Posted in Opinion and Column, Opinion Our Town, Opinion West Side Spirit, Our Town, Politics, West Side Spirit

alan Even a saint wouldn’t survive today’s 24-hour news cycle by Alan Chartock Why would anyone in their right mind run for political office? The way I figure it, you have got to be nuts to want to be a congressman, state legislator or mayor in this tabloidridden, 24-hour, “gotcha” news environment. Let’s face it: The hypocrisy of the people going after our [&hellip
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Cuomo’s Victories a Shell Game

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by Alan S. Chartock Think of it this way: Democracy is hard to do. To achieve true democracy, you need to have an educated electorate. If citizens don’t know what their public officials are up to, they can’t make intelligent choices. In fact, they can be led around like donkeys. When that happens, public officials can [&hellip
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The Hardest Working Profession Unscrupulous Pols are Scapegoating Teachers

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New York State’s teachers are under assault. It isn’t fair and it isn’t right—these are some of the most important people in our lives. There will always be unscrupulous politicians who try to scapegoat our teachers and it is really an abomination that this stuff goes on. It’s incomprehensible to me that people think our [&hellip
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Capitol Connection: Poison Pill with a Sugar Coating

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When Republicans in the New York State Assembly want to get noticed, they have to do something outrageous—someone once said that if they were to ride naked, on fire, on an elephant through the halls of the Legislature, they might get three seconds on TV. Let’s face it: there are three guys who call the [&hellip
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