Politics
I generally know the topic of a blog in advance and, today, I expected to urge folks to apply and/or encourage others to apply for the Gotham Green Awards®. Circumstances changed and how. Between dinner and dessert Friday eve, I learned that we lost a veritable national treasure — Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “a jurist of historic stature,” according to Chief Justice John Roberts.   This distinguished American of humble Bro...
Big news of the week involved so many of us – including this commentator – losing power last week.  Lost ours around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  I reported to Con Edison via text message. Interestingly the text “process” never yield an approximate power up time.  News stories Wednesday suggested today.  Ouch! I worked with my local NY City Council Member Barry Grodenchik to help get my community up and running (I am “acting President” of my North Bellerose Civic Assocation; anothe...
139 days ago 16 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Government, politics, editorials, op-eds, high school, partisan
Friday’s blogger opined this past Friday how politics unintentionally crept into the comments to his blog that ran the week before. Bloggers on this platform agree not to cross into politics when the opine. Though I worked in government, advise many affected by its actions, serving in it or seeking to serve I find comfort in my ability to muse about topics not involving politics. BUT that does not mean that blogs posted here – including mine – need to avoid being political. ...
As you read this, you may be voting in less than 48 hours – unless you voted already.  Yup early voting in New York started last weekend.  So maybe you did. It may prove convenient and most certainly expect it to help juice voter participation. In past years, early voting here involved absentee balloting by permanent absentees and those who apply for them.  As regular readers of this blog may recall I make a point of promoting voting as Election Day nears. Certainly, You Mak...
727 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 ...
979 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...
1007 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...
1084 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...
1091 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,...
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