I was amused by a story in the Buffalo News about an attempt to do away from some tolls on the thruway up there.
John Faso pledged to eliminate with the tolls (an idea that has merit) but his explanation of where the lost money would come from is the amusing part:
Faso said he would end the tolls and replace the lost toll revenue by separating the New York State Canal Corp. from the Thruway Authority.
The canal agency, which oversees the state's sprawling canal system upstate, had its budget transferred to the Thruway Authority in 1991 to save money in the state's general fund. Since then, the canal office has been a financial drain on the Thruway.
I find the Sun indispensable for its lack of respect for the conventional wisdom, and its willingness to poke into areas the other dailies chose to ignore. But every once in a while they get a “talking points” memo from the RNC, and turn over their news pages to the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy”. Today’s page one featured a headline “Democrats Plan Race-Based Campaign Against Black Candidate in Maryland”. The article features excerpts from confidential memos from the Maryland Democratic Party and the DSCC which purport to outline this pernicious strategy. How do the Dems plan to discredit black Republican Michael Steele? “Connecting Steele to National Republicans, especially on issues such as Medicare Reform and Social Security privatization, can turn Steele into a typical Republican in the eyes of voters, as opposed to an African American candidate”.
Andrea Peyser has a column in the Post supposedly explaining how Mark Green’s arrogance doesn’t let you like him.
But if you deconstruct the column, it’s not clear what Green did wrong.
Here are parts of the column and my comments:
I was running [for mayor] after 9/11 in the face of $74 million" spent by Mike Bloomberg, a lean Green told me yesterday over eggs easy …
"If I told you I ran for election in Hawaii and the date was Dec. 7, 1941…, would you say the attack had nothing to do with the election?
We know. It's very early. But, John Toscano of the Queens Gazette throws some fuel on the Comptroller
As both readers of my blog know, I recently concluded that only two candidates for Congress in the 11th CD, David Yassky and Christopher Owens, met the minimum standards to be fit for service, but while I found Yassky more promising, I was reluctant to support him because he is a white candidate in a black majority district. I sort of feel ashamed about this, but my reluctance to support him is a pragmatic judgment, not a moral one.
Yassky's whiteness is going to hang from him like a target and every two years he is going to face another racial crusade. This presents several problems. The first is that it does little for community comity. The ugliness of this race has already been damaging to community relations in Brooklyn, and will become more so as the primary approaches. This animosity is fueled by other candidates (especially Chris Owens), free lance community opportunists, and parasitical institutions of the Fifth Estate like Ed Weintrob’s repulsive collection of Brooklyn Paper rags.
Here is an article from the Staten Island Advance about potential candidates for the now open State Senate seat.
Ms. Alvarado said Ms. Quinn believes it is "absolutely unacceptable" for Wal-Mart to build a store anywhere in the five boroughs without consulting with the City Council first, even it is not legally required to do so.
There are things that happen in this city, that elicit an immediate outcry from black leaders, once they occur. And then there are things that happen, where these same leaders stay awfully quiet, when they shouldn't. Last week we saw this play out once again.
On East 125th Street in Harlem, a young white male was struck by a car, while running to avoid being robbed and beaten by a group of young kids of color. The young man subsequently died from the injuries he suffered. He happened to be a student of New York University on his way home.
Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long announced today that his Party will preempt the Republican Party by holding its state convention to choose its Senate and Gubernatorial nominees on May 23rd in the Big Apple, one week before the May 31st GOP Convention begins on Long Island.
In honor of retiring Senator John Marchi and because this might be the first time since 1978 there could be a serious contest here, the 2nd installment of who votes is about Marchi’s 24th Senate District.
These percentages are based on data in the Prime New York voter file and these reports come with the usual caveats - ethnic data is based on last names so are not 100% accurate, past voting behavior is not always predicative, etc.
In short, Toussaint gets 10 days and must pay $1,000. Ed Watt and Darlyne Lawson, two other TWU administrators, face fines of $500 a piece, and no jail time.
I know. I know. The prophetic title of this piece is NOT what many of you want to read first thing on a Monday - nor, I imagine, on any other given day of the week.
But, I am here to speak truths, and this is one of them: The Harlem Success Academy, a new charter school led by former Upper East Side Council Member Eva Moskowitz, is bound to produce extraordinary results.
And I make this prediction with great confidence, not because I have so much faith in Eva (we'll save that story for a rainy day), but because I sense that the brains and money behind this operation, Joel Greenblatt (not Klein), is on to something big.
East Side Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney this morning, persistent-Bush-thorn PA Rep. John Murtha had many choice words for the President.
He began by cracking jokes around Bush's campaign pledge to pursue an "humble" foreign policy, summarizing, "This is the most arrogant administration I have ever seen."
The Sacramento Bee published an editorial criticizing local Congressman John Doolittle for, paying his wife a 15% commission on contributions to his campaign committee. The Bee points out that they can find only 1 other Congressman doing that - NY's own John Sweeney who pays his wife 10%.
The Bee makes a strong case that this may violate House ethics rules. Read the editorial and see but wonder why no NY paper (to my knowledge) has criticized Sweeney for this action.