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I am often asked by those who are politically sick and tired of being sick and tired, what can be done to effectuate real change in the politics, at all three levels of government (federal, state, city/local). There are no easy answers. One thing I do know is that politics must never become a spectator sport. People of goodwill and strong ideals must participate in the process, no matter who else isn’t.
THIS IS REALLY SAD; THIS IS REALLY BAD: JUMPING INTO NEW YORK’S REAPPORTIONMENT/ REDISTRICTING DEBATE (Part two of two).
If you keep fucking with the theories behind democracy, the way elected officials who are shallow, spineless, ruthless, power-hungry and egotistical (democrats and republicans) do, then expect one day to have an “Arab-spring” (political revolt) right here in the good old US of Amnesia. When will we ever learn?
Come September 2013, state senator Eric Adams (20SD/Brooklyn) will be a candidate in the primary election, seeking the democrat’s nomination for Brooklyn’s Borough Presidency. A win in the primary will give him at least a ninety-nine per cent chance of winning the general election; since in Brooklyn, democrats have a minimum five to one edge in registration, over all other political parties combined. Adam’s will be attempting to make history, by being the first black person (male or female) elected to that office.
Every new decade, we are forced by various constitutions (federal and state), various court decisions, legal frameworks, local charters, and other socio-economic-cultural-political precedents, to do a census count. This is essentially a precursor to reapportioning lines for legislative (and election/EDs) districts: on all levels of government (federal/state/local). You can say that it’s a tradition now.
New York’s city council member Lew Fidler (D/46th council district/Brooklyn), stood on City Hall’s steps today (MLK Day), to announce that he will be accepting the nomination of both the Democrats and the Independence political party, to contest the upcoming special election for Brooklyn’s 27th senatorial district. This vacancy was recently created when the previously elected state senator (Carl Kruger) pleaded guilt to federal bribery charges.
Fidler was first elected to the council in 2001. He is a lifetime resident of the East Flatbush/Midwood area.
New Yorkers love to give the finger; especially drivers on its roadways. If while driving, you swerve sharply to avoid hitting someone suddenly stopping in front of you; you can expect the person driving in the other lane (the one you swerved in front of), to give you the finger (the middle-finger to be exact). If you are in the subway jostling for position on a crowded train-platform, don’t expect that when you accidentally bump someone, you will not get yourself “a finger”.
Room Eight New York Politics is six years old this month. I guess congratulations are in order for Ben Smith and Gur Tsbar. After all, as editors, they had the foresight and vision to launch this website. Thanks to the contributions from like Gatemouth, Larry Littlefield, Jerry Skurnik, Judge Boyajian, Manny Burgos, Mary Alice Miller, Yoda, Vincent Nunes, Dominic Carter - and all the other prolific contributors over the years- this site has grown exponentially.
The two “Johns” of whom I write are John Liu and John Sampson. Liu is the NYC comptroller. Sampson is the state senator from Brooklyn’s 19th district. He is also the conference leader of the senate democrats. I want to believe he is actually the senate minority leader but some folks tell me that’s not official.
Anyway, both Liu and Sampson have come in for some serious ragging in mainstream media lately. I want to believe there is more to this than meets the unsuspecting naked eye.
A couple months ago I told some people that Rick Santorum might just win the Iowa caucus. His poll-numbers were around two per cent then. A few of them laughed at me. One cynically asked me if I owned a crystal ball. Another questioned my punditry. Another said I was getting too full of myself. All these comments were similar to those made when I called the Obama caucus-victory four years ago.
A few weeks ago I promised my Facebook followers that I would write a column on this season’s New York Knicks basketball team. Here it is.
ARE THEY FINALLY STARTING TO MAKE SENSE IN ALBANY; OR WILL ANDREW CUOMO MISS HIS CHANCE FOR REAL REFORM?
I have always had a strange memory: my brain-cells tune in (or hone in) on silly lil stuff at some remarkable times. Then they file them for future reference.
Recently, the USA commemorated the 10th anniversary of the tragic series of events that transpired on September 11th, 2001. At some point in the future, some people might review contemporary media accounts and question the impact of “9-11” on African Americans; since mainstream media has focused on white families affected by the overall tragedy: much to the chagrin and dismay of many in the black community.
Some say we live in a post-racial society with the advent of Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the US presidency; but is that true?
SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM MY SCRAMBLED BRAIN: ON THE FUTURE OF “ROOM EIGHT NEW YORK POLITICS (www.r8ny.com)” AND BLOGGING IN NYC
I am quite aware that I do not write as often as I used to, but I did put you all on notice. I also gave some of the many reasons why I have chosen to decrease my output. Now it looks as though another writer/blogger is probably going the same route. That’s not good for NYC political-blogging. Over the years we have lost many political-bloggers in this city: or have we already forgotten Maurice Gumbs?
Back in the summer of 2003, freshman NYC council member James Davis was shot to death in the NYC council chambers at City Hall; mere moments before a stated meeting of the council was called to order. The most poignant memory of that terrible event was probably that of a distraught Geoffrey Davis (James’s younger brother) continuously sobbing:”they assassinated my brother; they assassinated my brother”. Television-news coverage showed the palpable grief. The pain was real. James and his younger brother Geoffrey were real close. James was Geoffrey’s first hero.
As I said before: truth by its very nature is controversial. And since my first column with this title, I have had to defend a president of whom I have been critical at times; and with whom I disagree on quite a wide range of policy-approaches and position-takes in both foreign-policy and domestic spheres. Look; I am a man who loves to give Jack his jacket and Jim his gym shoes: thus I must give President Barack Obama his props (as they say in the hood).