Thank to Robert Moses, New York has one of the strongest Governorships in the country. The Moses-created state budget process is actually designed to strip the legislature of its legislative powers. The legislature’s response has been to use the lemons it’s been left with to churn out the sour juice of obstruction, which is not quite the same as demanding accountability. There are, however, other places we might look for such relief. Ideally, the offices of NYS Comptroller and Attorney General are perfect opportunities to create oppositional institutions within the state’s Executive Branch which could be used for such a purpose. With that goal in mind, I became an early supporter of the Attorney General candidacy of the State Assembly’s in-house pitbull, Richard Brodsky of Westchester, in spite of the fact that he is a pompous and overbearing blowhard. My theory was that Brodsky, an unrelenting muckraker, was guaranteed to drive whoever was elected as governor stark raving mad, which they would undoubtedly come to deserve. Brodsky also plays a mean blues piano.
Do we have a DOT Commissioner? A mayor? A city council? Any editorial writers? Must we repeat this every day?
Does anybody care that our citizens continue to die?
This headline is from NY1 today (this isn't stopping):
"Nun Critically Injured Crossing Manhattan Street"
Does DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall (Mrs. Chuck Schumer) do anything? Certainly, no one gave a damn to show up at my wife's uncle's funeral when he was killed by a car last month. Not even a damn letter of concern.
I would appreciate if someone at DOT showed any concern or pulse whatsover. A "hit & run" hotline, a public service announcement, a press release. DO SOMETHING!
Please accept our sincerest apologies for the downed site earlier this afternoon.
That little experience ... ummm ... sucked!
Such is the scoop sources say.
Not only will the Congress's leading anti-war voice give Yvette Clarke his full-on support, but former US Marine and PA Rep John Murtha - one of Bush's most outspoken critics on Iraq - will also join Clarke at a town hall forum to hear the concerns of voters in the 11th Congressional District tomorrow night.
Significant this is because of the district's strong anti-war leanings. According to sources with knowledge of Brooklyn politics, polling routinely shows that the Iraq War is tops on the minds of voters in the 11th.
You’d think maybe, just maybe, Mark Green would be gracious on the day after he wins the New York Times endorsement. At the crucial moment where his fledgling campaign could conceivably pick up steam, I’d expect an email from his campaign that started off something like:
Instead, we get yet another negative attack on Mr. Cuomo:
In a matter of days Room Eight will be six months old. All indications are that this was a very successful experiment. We all owe our thanks and praises to Ben Smith and Gur Tsabar, for their foresight and creativity. I appreciate their invitation to be a pioneer blogger here. To say the least, it has been quite interesting. I would like to take some credit for having “guru” Maurice Gumbs use here as a pit stop, on his way to his “Footnotes” wire/blog/periodical. He has sure taken a site that was already flying high to even greater heights. The resident writers here are quite learned and informative; and of course Gatemouth is unique (I will miss you “H”/lol). I have had lots of feedback from people, who sneak on here to browse, peek, spy or pry. I have also gotten feedback from those who aren’t real pleased at some of the things stated here.
I have a “modest proposal.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Modest_Proposal. Rather than creating a voucher system in education, as some have suggested, why not convert Medicare -- which is a voucher system -- into something that works like the public schools?
Under the Medicare program, the federal government pays for health care, but the elderly are allowed to choose any health care provider they please. If the nearest public clinic isn’t good enough, they are allowed to use other non-profit, for-profit, and public health facilities elsewhere, and still have Medicare pay. Moreover, the level of Medicare reimbursement is the about same (with an adjustment for the cost of living) whether the patients were dishwashers or doctors in their working lives, and whether they live in Scarsdale or the South Bronx.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle recently asked the four attorney general candidates to opine on this one question:
You can read each of the candidates' responses by clicking on their names after the jump.
Worth noting - the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association found Maloney's position "the least offensive among the four".
Maloney's piece - as it were - begins with a recollection of fond childhood memories shooting a .22 caliber rifle with his dad and brothers... and concludes with his support for the death penalty.
In the past, I have generally found NY Times editorials hard to read, as their tendency had been to come up with lame excuses to back the incumbent, when they weren't just endorsing the Democrat for President. But things have been getting better. With the exception of the final decision, I found myself agreeing with much of what was said about Spitzer and Suozzi as candidates for Governor today. The Times acknowledges Spitzer’s substantial accomplishments, but points out that Suozzi’s accomplishments are in some ways greater, because they were more difficult and involved greater personal risk. The Times all but says that although Spitzer’s record is excellent, Suozzi may be the better candidate.
This is from Sunday's New York Times:
"Fatal Hit and Run Is Second in 9-Hour Span in Manhattan."
It's time to get serious on hit & run. I say this not just because my wife's uncle was killed last month (still unsolved) and it's made us think seriously about leaving New York.
What's to be done?
1. GET SERIOUS ABOUT TRAFFIC. I've said this a million times. Parking tickets and towing are just one part of it. Does the DOT (Mrs. Chuck Schumer) have any traffic plan at all? Does anyone in the DOT care? Why not immediate public hearings? My wife and I fear crossing the street, and we feel sorry for older people and young kids crossing streets. How many people must die before traffic issues are addressed?
Some time ago the Feds excavated the decomposed bodies of mobsters buried in a crude grave on Ruby Street in East New York. At that time I predicted that the day would come when another cemetery could give up some rotten bodies. And I suspected that it would be connected to the Courts and downtown Brooklyn.
Seems like we’re getting close.
In a previous article (Clarke & Andrews No More Hidden Secrets posted by maurice gumbs, Thu, 08/24/2006 - 2:30pm) calling for Yvette Clarke and Carl Andrews to come clean I mentioned that I had seen Carl’s campaign poster prominently displayed on the glass door of BPC Management at 80 Livingston Street next to the old Board of Education building. I thought it highly unusual.
I saw this picture and couldn't resist doing a caption contest, but, naturally, I had to do it my way.
Ben, et al., have been accused of calling these "contests" when there's no prize. Well, that changes here, the winner will receive an autographed copy of it with their caption added. I pick the winner at my sole discretion, although feel free to comment on other people's captions, which I will take into account.
by Mrs Panstreppon
A. When she contributes to the campaign of Rep John E. Sweeney (R-CD 20) in exchange for a $1,000,000 earmark for her Readnet Foundation in the pending HHS appropriations bill.
Meet Robin D. Hubbard, president and founder of the Readnet Foundation. Ms. Hubbard is also the founder and a trustee of the failed Readnet Bronx Charter School at the Metropolitan College of New York and president of Smart Learning Systems, LLC (formerly Readnet Systems, LLC).
There are three proposed earmarks totaling $1,400,000 for the Readnet Foundation in the pending HHS appropriations bill.
There's a statewide gubernatorial town hall meeting taking place next week.
Evidently, Buffalo isn't part of the state anymore. We don't have concerns worth considering.
Getting down to brass tacks, every single candidate comes on over to Western New York and tells us how he or she really really cares about revitalizing our economy and reversing the population hemmorhage. The City of Buffalo operates under the watchful gaze of a state-appointed, state-empowered control board. The County of Erie has a soft state control board that is itching to turn hard. We have an enormous interest in who occupies the governor's mansion in January 2007, because there is so much at stake here.
Gatemouth Spanks the Monkey: Some Musings Concerning The Theory of My Political Evolution (Second of Two Parts)
"I don't know just where I'm going, But I'm going to try for the kingdom if I can"
As I’ve noted in Part One, left-of-center blogger Mole333 has taken public issue with my DLC-tainted brand of neo-liberalism, essentially calling me outside to settle it in the streets. In response, I questioned how far he’d evolved on the scale of political evolution. Beyond my ideology, or lack thereof, Mole has also taken issue with my tendency to look at politicians realistically. “And some (like, it seems to me, our friend Gatemouth) simply think all candidates are pretty much the same and despair of finding excitement in supporting a candidate...in fact they seem disdainful of anyone who actually shows some enthusiasm for a candidate.” He tends to conflate this criticism with my neo-liberalism, as if they were one and the same, but my cynicism towards pols is a tendency I share with not a few of his friends on the hard left, while muddle-headed idealism tends to blind at least some who sit in my political corner, particularly those who refuse to look at Joe Lieberman in a critical manner.