— Henry J. Stern (Starquest), Promises Abandoned
In this age of Super PACs, political mudslinging, and historic low approval ratings for elected officials, there isn’t much incentive for the average citizen to even think of running for office.
To make things worse, the brave souls who are interested in making a direct difference by running for office quickly encounter an arcane system of electoral hurdles designed to restrict the voice of people and their communities of interest.
New York Civic is aiming to rectify this situation with its free “Candidate College” instructional video series. Featuring many of New York’s top campaign professionals, “Candidate College” explains the ins and outs of campaigning in New York State – covering topics ranging from fundraising to media outreach – to help prospective candidates that are not part of the proverbial political machine make a serious and professional run for office.
To watch the “Candidate College” video series, click here.
To read the “Candidate College,” go here.
This amazing video is a couple of years old, but a great lesson for all would-be unscrupulous politicians and those that would seek to do illegal business with them. It depicts disgraced former Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diane Gordon soliciting a bribe from a developer. Gordon was trying to get the developer to build her a $500,000 home and outfit her office with a pair of expensive doors, in exchange for helping the developer get a city contract to develop a vacant lot in her district. Gordon was sentenced to two to six years in prison, after she was convicted of 8 of 9 counts, including “two counts of receiving bribes, two counts of official misconduct and two counts of ‘receiving awards for official misconduct.’”
Celeste Katx at Daily News sniffed: “[Bloomberg ]thinks three terms is good for him — and only him.”
What’s your opinion on the issue of term limits?
Why Public Crimes Outrage Us; Readers Name More Offenders.
A recurring question which many people have asked is: Why do there appear to be so many crooks in government? Here are some thoughts on the matter:
There are criminals in the private sector, as well, but their crimes are less likely to be reported by their companies and publicized by the media.
This past Saturday was the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon, born and raised in Liverpool, England, but a New Yorker by choice for the last nine years of his life. His tragic death on December 8, 1980 in front of his home led to outpourings of sorrow from around the world. Mayor Koch led a memorial gathering at the Bandshell in Central Park days later on on Sunday, December 14, attended by an estimated 100,000 people, to honor his memory. Recordings of Beatles’ music were played for the crowd, but no speeches were made.
On December 18, 1980, a resolution to honor Lennon was introduced in New York’s City Council by the Councilmember-at-Large from Manhattan. It was co-sponsored by 30 members from all five boroughs, a majority of the Council. Here is the text of the resolution.
New York Civic is looking for a bar or restaurant willing to host our next networking event. Does anyone know of a location (preferably in midtown Manhattan) that would appreciate 150 drinking patrons on a slow weeknight in December? Please Reblog with any suggestions you have! And if you’re interested, here are photos from the last event we held in Bryant Park.
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: New York Civic’s Fundraiser Is Next Week, NOT Tonight! The new date for the event, featuring our special guest Mayor Ed Koch, is September 30th. If you have not received a mailed notice of the event and would like to come, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-564-4441.
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