Editorial: Bruno’ Burden

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He only needed five months. That is how much time Joe Bruno needed to recover the upper hand after Eliot Spitzer’s “Rip Van Winkle” inaugural address. Backed into a corner, up against a new governor whom everyone expected to be a steamroller even before he proclaimed himself one, Joe Bruno took his lumps. Word of the FBI investigation got out, the majority thinned, Shelly Silver got to lead the way in selecting a new comptroller. Like the boxer he once… [More]

To Repair Upstate, Urban Renewal Is Key

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by Sam Hoyt For too long the Empire State has languished while the rest of the country prospered. Our central cities—once the economic hubs of the region—are withering as resources are directed to farther and farther outlying suburbs. Working-class families are working harder than ever just to keep up, with little chance of moving ahead. Recent college graduates face slim job prospects close to home and retirees and others on fixed incomes see their savings eaten away by rising taxes.… [More]

Column: Time to Learn the Drill on Energy Independence by KT McFarland

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I am a lifelong Republican. Last year, I ran for the U.S. Senate from New York. I did so not because I figured I could beat Hillary Clinton, but to offer voters an alternate vision for the Republican Party. Why? Because most people don’t think Republicans stand for anything anymore. Our national leadership has been so preoccupied with social issues, most of which they’re against—that they’ve failed to be  for anything—other than the war in Iraq.Republicans need to believe in… [More]

Rescind the Child Support Requirement by Fatima Goldman

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With his recently announced Working Families Food Stamp Initiative, Gov. Spitzer has made low-income working families a priority. The governor noted when announcing this effort to simplify applications for food stamps that, “by expanding access to the program, fewer families will be forced to risk missing work in order to put food on the table.”We commend the governor for his attention to these issues. However, the truth is that low-income families need a lot more than food to build financially… [More]

Editorial: In Praise of the Fighting

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The Hevesi exit. The comptroller selection panel. The decision to ignore the panel. The steamroller comment. The to-the-wire budget negotiations. The end of session stalemate. Troopergate, Choppergate—whichever name the scandal has these days. The driver’s license debacle. Oh, what an 11 months this has been. To everyone paying attention, the obvious question is: What could possibly be next? In some ways, that is sad—a disheartening and depressing comment for a state which still lays claim to Excelsior as its motto.… [More]