Posts Tagged ‘Editorial’

Our Run-off Picks

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column

New York City’s Democratic voters will probably pick the city’s next C.F.O. and ombudsman in a run-off election on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Since no candidate in the four-way primary races for comptroller and public advocate reached the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off, the top two vote-getters are now facing off. And because [&hellip
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Parents in Public Schools

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column

It is the middle of July, and few New Yorkers are thinking about school these days—except, perhaps, up in Albany. That’s where the recently un-deadlocked Senate is slated to take up the Assembly’s school governance bill, which passed June 17, leaving mayoral control of schools fairly intact. Senate Dems have a few amendments they’re rumored [&hellip
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Our Top Reforms

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column

As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues, beer and Hudson River fireworks, New Yorkers—particularly the elected variety—can reflect on the sorry condition of their own state government. In decades past, Albany hasn’t exactly been a beacon of democracy. But things have gotten decidedly worse over the past month, with the Senate deadlocked in [&hellip
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Run, Carolyn, Run

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, News West Side Spirit

We wholeheartedly encourage East Side Rep. Carolyn Maloney to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year’s Democratic primary. This is not a knock, necessarily, at Gillibrand’s qualifications, or at President Barack Obama and his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s recent appeal for “party unity.” It is an appeal to reaffirm the democratic process and the [&hellip
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FORDHAM NEEDS TO GROW

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column

In the latest of many development debates facing the Upper West Side, Fordham University has asked the city to grant it several variances so that the school can expand its Lincoln Center campus. Important questions about the project have been raised during recent community board meetings, but we believe that with some key modifications, the [&hellip
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OUR ELECTION PICKS

Written by admin on . Posted in Editorial, Opinion and Column

Over the last two years, we as a country have had the enjoyment of watching a good old fashioned, competitive presidential election. Here in Manhattan, though, we’ve missed out. Our races for Congress and State Legislature, especially during the primaries, have been lackluster at best and devoid of competition at worst. This isn’t good for [&hellip
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EXTEND TERM LIMITS FOR 2009

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From political circles to dinner tables and PTA meetings, the city is abuzz with term-limit discussions. Reasonable people can reasonably disagree on whether or not we should extend the current two-term threshold for city officials in 2009, and certainly here in our office we’ve had a spirited debate on the matter. But given the unknown—and [&hellip
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ON ORGANIZERS, CUT THE CYNICISM

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Ever since this year’s Republican National Convention, I have been disappointed to see the disparaging treatment that John McCain’s presidential campaign has afforded community organizers. Especially disheartening were the remarks of Gov. Sarah Palin and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who plainly knows better. As mayor, Giuliani worked with hundreds of community organizers and saw firsthand [&hellip
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