Archive for the ‘FYI’ category

Democratic NYS Senate coming soon to a district near you!

September 24, 2008

The most recent Siena Research Institute Poll was released today regarding the top five most contested races thus far for the NYS Senate. Below is a chart breaking down the percentages of each candidate.

The Republicans are currently enjoying a 30-31 majority in the NYS Senate (more…)

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Bye bye Bruno…

June 24, 2008

Only four days after letters were sent by Democratic candidates to State Senate Republicans demanding that they support the property tax cap, Republican State Senator Joseph Bruno (SD-43) saw the writing on the wall and decided not to run for re-election. What this does is open up his seat for an unanticipated uncontested dog fight. It will actually draw attention away from other vital State Senate races such as the Trunzo (R) v. Foley/Dahroug (D) (SD-3), Padavan (R) v. Gennaro (D) (SD-11), Maltese (R) v. Addabbo/Baldeo (D) (SD-15), and Hannon (R) v. McElroy (D) (SD-06).

It looks like Bruno’s successor, Dean Skelos (R) (SD-9), is going to be voted in today by Senate Republicans over Thomas Libous (R) (SD-52). When Skelos becomes the majority leader, it’ll be the first time since 1995 that the Senate power will return to Long Island. It’s too bad that the Senate majority will be short lived for Republicans with the departure of Joe Bruno, since there is no reason for other State Senate GOP wall mounts to stick around.

To steal a line from Bob Dylan’s third album cover, “The Times They Are a-Changing”

Summer 2008 Internship

June 19, 2008

In the interest of sharing information and new opportunites, below is listed a job description that I received for an unpaid Summer 2008 Internship with Queens NYC Council Member James F. Gennaro.  Any further inquires, please contact his office directly.

SUMMER 2008 INTERNSHIP

Part-Time Community Liaison /Caseworker

Queens NYC Council Member James F. Gennaro

A prominent Queens based New York City Council Member seeks an energetic individual to serve as an Intern Community Liaison/Caseworker for his Queens NYC Council District Office.  This is a flexible, part-time position for a hardworking college student who wants to get a first hand look at the inner workings of local government and politics.

The ideal candidate:

  • Lives in Queens
  • Is a hardworking, self-starter who can commit a few regular hours every week.
  • Has a deep desire to address local issues and make a difference in the community.
  • Is extremely energetic and sociable, and has the ability to organize a base with members of various communities.
  • Candidate must have strong communication/writing skills; must be computer literate and must have the ability to multi-task.

Excellent Writing Skills

Excellent Interpersonal and Public Speaking Skills

Driver’s License and Car is helpful.

Must have experience with diverse populations

Knowledge of City Government, Community Boards is a plus

Bi-lingual a plus

Responsibilities include effective outreach, technical assistance, monitoring of local issues, and participation in public events.

Duties will include: attending community events and meetings both with the Council Member and on his behalf, serve as the contact to resolve constituent issues with government agencies and private entities, daily general office duties (answering phones, letter writing, clerical), and other duties as deemed necessary.

For more information contact:

Mrs. Leah Carter                      leahcarternycc@gmail.com

718-217-4969 (phone)

718-217-4968 (fax)

Rock the “Boat” – Latino makeover for Rock the Vote

June 17, 2008

Rock the Vote has decided to search for a new Latino tag line through an online poll being conducted at:

http://www.rockthevote.com/en-espanol/

This link and the original blog post at http://blog.rockthevote.com/ was sent to me by their new Political Outreach Director who is heading this initiative.

I see this as a great opportunity for Rock the Vote to use their network and experience in a realm that has been constantly discussed, but seldom tapped.

Is it too little too late?

The Blue Review

June 8, 2008

Yes it’s that time again where we use a theme and a cheesy phrase to complete an objective piece of writing. Welcome to the Blue Review where I will review movies, books, anything with a political spirit to it. Today I am here to give the greatest of praise to the book, “The Post-American World” written by Fareed Zakaria. For those of you who don’t know him, Fareed Zakaria is the Editor of Newsweek Magazine, has a new show called “GPS” on CNN, and is a regular on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The book is an excellent and intellegent look at world politics. He skillfully displays how the world is moving from an era of Anti-Americanism, to We-Don’t-Care-About-America-Anymoreism. He highlights the fast growing nations around the world (namely Russia, Brazil, Turkey, and of course, China and India) and the fear that this inspires in the American mind. America is so comfortable being the world’s only superpower that when other nations start to rise, we immediately begin to panic. Looking at the facts, the biggest movie industry is in India, the largest ferris wheel is in Singapore, the largest casino is in Macao, the tallest building is in Taipei (soon to be overtaken by Dubai), the richest man is Mexican, the largest publicly traded corporation is Chinese, the world’s biggest plane is built in Russia and Ukraine, the largest factories belong to China, London is becoming the Financal capital of the world…you get the point. The world is becoming a global community, and yet we still spend billions of dollars more than every nation on the planet COMBINED on our military (we’re still number 1 on that one) and we are not afraid to show it. We have an airfield on Muslim holy land, we have invaded two Muslim nations, we ignore the UN, the EU, NATO, we give millions and billions of dollars in military assistance to virtually every country in the Middle East, and yet we wonder why the world laughs at our name. I won’t give away everything about a book but I highly recommend it. Fareed has openly stated that Barack Obama would be the best choice for the American name; to restore the good reputation we once had in the world. He states in an article on CNN.com: “There’s no question that Sen. Obama winning would have an impact on America’s image for the better. It would boost America’s image, it would give people a sense of the promise of America, the “only in America” type of story. ” Read the book. Review the facts. Judge for yourself.

I’ll leave you all with this quote from his book that gave me goosebumps as I read and realized the deep truth to the statement.

“Generations from now , when historians write about these times, they might note that, in the early decades of the twenty-first century, the United States succeeded in its great and historic mission-it globalized the world. But along the way, they might write, it forgot to globalize itself”

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