Well...are we, New York City?
New York State?
The entire United States?
I would tend to think so.
I glanced at the cover of Metro this morning.
Chris - this is what happens when you suborn the will of the voters; more than that, you VOTE AGAINST SICK DAYS?!?
What's that crap all about?
Let's face it.
The other night appearing on TV, RNN, host Richard French with seconds left to go threw a question to me, a hand grenade for NYC Politics. French asked me about the race for mayor.
With the bad news this week for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg--his lowest approval rating in eight years at just 39 percent, the Mayor’s Spokesman Stu Loeser says quote:
“The mayor is making tough choices in a difficult time, which is what people elected him to do.”
To those of you interested in the political process, and I hope that is everyone, it’s that time of year, to start watching LIVE DEBATES on NY1.
First of all, no organization in this state comes close to doing as great a job on debates as NY1. Hours and hours of preparation go into the debates. Hours and Hours of meetings and research.
It doesn’t matter if your politics are Left, Right, Conservative, Liberal, Progressive. Or Independent. These debates are an opportunity for the public, a “snapshot” for you to see the candidates without some type of a media filter.
It would be a mistake to classify Bloomberg's November 4 mayoral reelection win as anything but a defeat for the working people of New York City. At the same time, however, there is no reason to despair; on the contrary the election results represent a basis for optimism moving forward.
First, to dispense with the obvious: Although the billionaire representative of Wall Street, big developers and the Republican Party won, New York City elected John Liu comptroller, marking the first time in this city's more than 400 year history any Asian American has held citywide office. Further, a grand people's coalition formed around Liu: his campaign was composed essentially of the city's entire labor movement; the African American, Latino and Asian communities; women; youth; the LGBT community and a large percentage of white liberals.
It's Election Day. Today we as voters have an opportunity to elect a new mayor, but, perhaps more importantly, show why we are a democracy. I can only speak for myself, so here are the many reasons why I am voting for Bill Thompson, and also my reasons why I will not, now or ever again, vote for Mike Bloomberg.
President Obama, at last night's correspondents dinner, provides the quote of the day:
"In the next hundred days, I will meet the leader who rules over millions with an iron fist, who rules the airwaves and uses his power to crush all who challenge his authority at the ballot box. Good to see you, Mayor Bloomberg."
Faddish Web 2.0-oriented consultants often advise their clients to be ubiquitous on the Internet (I know I have). So it's not surprising that in the last ten days I (and I assume thousands of other New Yorkers) received email invitations from Bill Thompson to be his friend/join his network on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and, today, Digg.
I'm finding myself on edge waiting for the Comptroller's Twitter feed.
a man swiped $3.6 million from a city bank account to purchase jewelry, electronics and even an SUV! The man was not caught until an $800,000 buying spree at Jewelry Television tipped off the company to alert JPMorgan about suspicious activity who, in turn contacted the Controller's office.
My question is, how could the Controller's office not find $3.6 million missing from a city bank account? This went on for over a year. We have to ask ourselves, how competent is Billy Thompson to be Mayor of this city if he cannot even control a city bank account? Can we trust him to negotiate a legitimate City budget year after year?