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Who Will Be NYC’s Next Mayor?

August 6th, 2013

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New York City is going to elect a new mayor this fall and it won’t be Anthony Weiner. Who will it be? My money is on Bill de Blasio. Why? Because he’s the un-Bloomberg.

The September 10th Democratic primary will produce a runoff between de Blasio, the city’s elected Public Advocate (whatever that is), and City Council speaker Christine Quinn. Quinn is seen as very close to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She engineered the City Council vote that allowed Bloomberg to run for a third term in 2009 even though the city’s voters had voted— twice! —for a two-term limit.

In 2011, after discussing the race with Mayor Bloomberg, former Mayor Ed Koch said, “There’s no question in my mind that, of all the candidates, he sees Chris Quinn as far better for the city of New York.” Read the rest of this entry »

Smart, Smart, and Stupid

June 13th, 2011

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This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

“Smart . . . smart . . . and stupid.” That was my eighty-something-year-old mother’s reply when I asked her what she thought of Bill Clinton during the impeachment saga of 1998.

We can now add Anthony Weiner’s name to the list of smart, smart and stupid politicians. It’s a long list that includes Gary Hart, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Crane, Gerry Studds, Eliot Spitzer, Mark Foley, Mark Sanford, Jim McGreevey, John Ensign, Bob Packwood, David Vitter, Eric Massa and Christopher Lee. You might want to throw in John F. Kennedy.

The public’s immediate response to such revelations: “What were they thinking?” What is it about the lethal combination of sex and politics that makes so many men “smart, smart and stupid”? Read the rest of this entry »

Creating a 40-Hour Work Week for Prisoners

January 19th, 2010

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This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.

Violent crime decreased by 4.4% in the first half of 2009, despite the lousy shape of the economy and the high rates of unemployment, according to a surprising report released last week by the FBI. Experts looking to explain this counterintuitive trend have credited everything from smart and targeted policing in big cities (last year New York was safer than it had been during any year on record), to innovative use of new technologies to prevent and deter crime (more cities are using crime-mapping systems and other novel strategies to leverage scarce resources), to the $4 billion included in the stimulus bill to help state and local law enforcement and criminal justice systems weather the tough economic times.

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