Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Cuomo Tackles the Albany Beast

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Would-be gov’s success depends on ability to navigate Legislature By Alan S. Chartock Andrew Cuomo is positioning himself to be president of the United States. His chances of getting there will be infinitely increased if he is able to turn Albany into a calmer, less venal, more reflective and genuinely representative place. Cuomo must win [&hellip
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Powell Looks to Unseat Rangel

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East Harlem Assembly Member Adam Clayton Powell IV, a scion to the Powell political family, announced his campaign against the Harlem lion Rep. Charles Rangel April 12. Amid chants of “change is coming,” the five-term Assembly member kicked off his campaign on the neighborhood’s “lucky” corner: East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, where he announced [&hellip
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A True Believer Believes Again

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The acquittal earlier this month of Manhattan Surrogate Nora Anderson, of charges stemming from her successful 2008 judicial campaign, was more than just a victory for the accused. It was also a reprieve for Democrats like myself, who have an almost religious belief in the sanctity of Manhattan’s judicial election process. Anderson was accused of [&hellip
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NADLER SELLS HEALTH CARE BILL

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Across the nation, Democratic members of Congress defended their support for health care reform to constituents during the Easter recess. But while many Democrats in more conservative districts stuck their necks out by voting for the historic bill, Rep. Jerrold Nadler is defending the legislation to liberal Upper West Side voters who believe it didn’t [&hellip
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Senate Majority Report

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This week, we learned that the State Senate had established committees that literally sold accessibility to state politicians for menu item dollars. Labor leaders were told that for 50 grand they would have “increased access” to the Senate majority. Others were told that 25 grand would buy them power. If you are recorded by the [&hellip
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Cohen Gets Mayor’s Nod

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg has selected a former chair of Community Board 7 to sit on a panel that will evaluate major changes for municipal government. Upper West Sider Hope Cohen, a 15-year veteran of Board 7, is one of 15 people appointed to the long-awaited Charter Revision Commission, the mayor’s office announced March
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Why We Need Non-Partisan Elections

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Our city, state and nation are at an historic political crossroads. Citizen resentment and cynicism about partisanship and our elected leaders is at an all-time high. In Albany, our legislators have become synonymous with dysfunction. Scandals have taken down a governor and comptroller, and a dramatic State Senate coup last summer brought government to a [&hellip
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2010 Predictions

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As has become an West Side Spirit tradition at the end of December, we ask various illuminating personalities populating our neighborhoods for New Year’s predictions. There was no shortage of responses, especially when it came to the New York Yankees’ World Series prospects. We hope these forecasts are an enjoyable way to ring in 2010, [&hellip
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