Politics
322 days ago 16 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Voting, Elections, Election Day
Approaching Election Day, I look forward to simply advocating Americans take their right to vote seriously; that they exercise on or before Election Day. 365 days ago I blogged that Voting Matters. Matters even more this year. Interestingly the ballots Shelly and I cast may matter more on three City Charter referenda than on candidates (I fully expected the re-election of junior U.S. Senator, Governor, State Comptroller, Member of Congress, and Member of the Assembly. I also...
Just over was three years ago, Gotham lost one of its good guys – Jack Friedman who had passed away earlier today just days short of his 56th birthday. Fittingly because Jack enjoyed live music – we attended several shows together, I drafted a post to Fredslist and the Gotham website wall about his passing and the funeral and Shiva arrangements while attending a jam in Hicksville where I had arranged for my brother Rob in from Portland to play. His funeral like this blog ...
573 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: inspiration, Traffic, Parkland
Traffic recorded a song, Sometimes I Feel So Uninspired, that applies to so much when one looks around these days for leadership in the usual places.   Yet the courageous response of young people after the tragic and violent shooting murders in Parkland provides Inspiration to this correspondent.   A bit more than a year ago, I shared the playlist of that name pulled together in my first semester at Hofstra.   Perhaps injecting youthful energy and determination into our disc...
601 days ago 14 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Language, words, Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins
Language matters.  Words matter.   It frames how we view things, events, people, ideas and more. We see pundits, politicians, PR pros, advertisers, marketers and other all use it.   It makes great sense to use words to point out hypocrisy and inconsistency where we find it; I enjoy ther use -- frequently I hope.   I prefer using it in a positive manner.   An example involves using the acronym for Gotham Queens to describe its recent rebranding. New group coordinator Dan S...
679 days ago 24 comments Categories: Politics Tags:
Four blogs ago I focused on those who by action(s) or inaction(s) enable creeps to perpetrate terrible harm or worse on others.   Friday I received an email disturbing in content: it defended Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. I replied, “So are you saying that notwithstanding Moore’s conduct he merits election to any public office? "A creep is a creep whether left or right or anywhere in between.”   An incredulous response in part read, “Are you saying you believe the c...
686 days ago 12 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Voting, Elections
Tuesday, I expect to devote much of my day inducing others directly or indirectly to exercise their right to vote.  Advising a candidate who all expects to win overwhelmingly you might not think that  --  as we used direct mail, community newspaper ads, robo calls and canvas teams to encourage eligible folks to exercise this right I view as something sacred and a right all must cherish.  The data suggests otherwise.  Too many opt out.   Besides candidates for various offices,...
I face an interesting dilemma involving a City Council candidate I advise. We want to include material advocating his position on a very important ballot issue – Proposition No. 1 (“Prop 1”) – voters get to weigh in on this November 8 when voters will also find him on the general election ballot. Four years ago, voters chose him with 96.8% the general election following a bruising multi-candidate primary for an open seat. The year he prevailed in a two candidate race with ...
706 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Harassment, predators
The proverbial water cooler discussion over the past week involved sexual harassment and worse. The political scientist in me viewed what occurred as a perverse exercise of power.   Acts totally unjustified.   I tweeted a Newsday editorial with my own spin, “Protecting #predators & letting acts go unpunished, endangers more people. Shame too on enablers.”   So many stories came out and one theme that interests me involves what kept the perpetrator of such harm in place...
755 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags: tolling, congestion pricing, bridge tolls, Queensborough Bridge
A signature issue involves keeping our free East River and Harlem River bridges toll-free.   Today, as senior advisor to Keep NYC (Congestion Tax) Free, I join elected officials and community leader at a news conference near the entrance to the Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge to remind policymakers it still makes sense to keep the status quo with respect to placing tolls on the aforementioned and several other bridges that remain free. [Credit Photo on Corey's iPhone by Rach...
The Doors second LP, Strange Days, featured a song, People Are Strange.   Strange days indeed as one consider the world around us (More on that later.).   I strategize. I plan.   Not all the time but certainly when things matter.   Sometimes, for some matters, I might need to think fast, almost to the point of brinkmanship.   Even where one might expect nothing of the sort to take place.   It happened a few days ago at a fraternal organization where several people acted...
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