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UNITY THROUGH DANCE
For weeks here in the New York City area folks have asked me, what is Bill Thompson doing?
Is he a candidate for NYC mayor?
Does he really want this or is he just going through the motions?
Where is Thompson's passion?
Well, if Thompson's personality was not so low-key, he might respond with the slogan line of that Kia Sorrento TV commerical: "How you like me now."
New York needs jobs. But New York has a Governor with neither the experience nor the will to do what’s necessary to create jobs.
You might not know it from listening to his sleek, Robert DeNiro-narrated ads, but New York is still the most taxed, most regulated, least economically free state in the Nation.
Sixty years ago, we had 45 seats in Congress. Today, we have 27, and our unemployment rate is nearly a full point above the national rate. Many upstate counties have unemployment rates of over 10%.
On Tuesday, state Sen. Malcolm Smith and five others paraded by television cameras and journalists on their way into the federal court in White Plains where, one after another, they pleaded not guilty to numerous corruption charges.
In order to purchase a co-op apartment in Manhattan, you often have to supply a litany of documents, bordering on the absurd, bank statements, pay stubs, letters of recommendation, and a credit check. Once all of your documents have been probed, you typically must sit for an interview with the co-op board. For your troubles, you are then afforded the opportunity to pay exorbitant prices for your little slice of the American dream.
Tina Woods puts a lot of pride in delivering the New York City edition of Natural Awakenings. Often spotted with a stack of magazines in hand and a smile at every stop, she defies what most envision as a typical publisher. "In a day of digital media saturation, it really says a lot that people still love our pages," Woods shares ahead of the New York City Green Festival on Earth Day weekend. "There is still value today in having a concrete tangible service where people pick up the paper and get it sometimes directly from my hands as we deliver ...
Reince Priebus gets it.
At the Republican National Committee conference in Los Angeles last week, the Chair of the Republican Party spoke about his vision for a future in which the old caricature of the “Grand Old Party” gives way to the new, more inclusive “Growth and Opportunity Party.”
It should come as no surprise. The top NYPD official that ran Stop and Frisk supports the high controversial police tactic as an effective law enforcement tool.
Just-retired Chief of Department Joseph Esposito did make a convincing case while testifying recently.
To listen to Esposito, he sounded reasonable, pointing to historic drops in crime in New York. Almost every word out of his mouth was Crime prevention. How much crime the NYPD had avoided due to stop and frisk.
Rich Coutinho goes one-on-one with Mets Captain, David Wright, about his new contract, being the 4th captain in team history and the future of the Mets organization.
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For the past 25 years I have sat in baseball press boxes and watched young pitcher after young pitcher walk onto a mound and try to strut their stuff. Some have more talent than others. Some have more desire than others. Some have the intellect to make up for sub-standard stuff. But the true litmus test is on the nights they do not have their best stuff and during those games how they alter their game plan to get themselves to the finish line.