Sic Transit By Henry J. Stern

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How Can Governor Justify Ousting Lee Sander at MTA Without Naming Successor? Today is Lee Sander’s last day as executive director of the MTA.   He was fired by Governor Paterson with no successor in sight, and given two weeks’ notice, which is the custom in many low-end jobs.  That is a hell of a way to run a railroad.

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Home Free All By Henry J. Stern

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Squatters Become Owners after 20-Year Occupation; City Gave Away Buildings On Sunday (May 17, 2009) the New York Post published our column on squatters. It was part of a two page spread, which included a news story, a map of the East Village and nine photographs. The account was written by Ginger Adams Otis, a Post reporter. The headline is …

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The Scapegoat By Henry J. Stern

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NOTE: With graduation and summer holidays approaching, some of you may be looking for useful activities in which a student can participate. We have a program for summer interns which gives people experience in government which may be helpful when they seek permanent jobs. Students who have participated in the past have found it helpful, both in learning skills and …

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New York Civic: MTA – Saved for the Nonce By Henry J. Stern

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Minutes before we were to send out our article on the MTA, we received, by e-mail, the following press release from the transit agency: "Governor Paterson today accepted the resignation of MTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Sander. Mr. Sander offered his resignation to the Governor earlier this year in anticipation of yesterday's passage of legislation that joins the …

eHeziNew York Civic: MTA – Saved for the Nonce By Henry J. Stern

Influence for Sale By Henry J. Stern

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New York Civic’s spring party and fundraiser is just six days away. To view an invitation, please visit our website, www.nycivic.org, or simply click here. We hope to see you there.  The view is extraordinary, and comes at no extra charge. Also, if any of you know volunteers, college students, or teenagers who are interested in New York City government, …

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When Is a Fee a Bribe? By Henry J. Stern

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Murders Down by 77%, Pension Fund Influence Comes at a Heavy Price, Recall Prince Bernhard? Years ago, the number of violent crimes committed in New York was much greater than it is today. One could count on four to six murders each 24 hours in the city. The record high was 2245 in 1990, the first year of the Dinkins administration. Many of …

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Shiver Me Timbers By Henry J. Stern

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Pirates Over the Centuries: History and Popular Culture (With Assorted Digressions) The best thing to happen in the event of scandal is for another more important story to drive your problem out of the newspapers for a few days.  That happened after Bernie Madoff was arrested in December 2008, eclipsing the downfall of the Governor of Illinois.  It has happened …

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New York Civic: Spitzer Redux By Henry J. Stern

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Consider supporting the effort of Henry J. Stern's New York Civic 2009 Fundraiser, which will be held on Thursday, April 30th, on the 55th floor at 330 East 38th Street.  To RSVP for the event, and to view information about helping New York Civic, link here. You are also invited to phone us directly, at 212-564-4441. Spitzer Seeks Redemption, But …

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New York Daily News Names Sour Sixteen By Henry J. Stern

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Tabloids Trash Albany as Corrupt and Secretive; Name 16 in Rogues' Gallery The New York State Legislature, long a target of newspapers and reformers, was assailed by the New York Daily News Sunday in a front page headline on the wood (large block print), State Of Shame. The article is by Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett. It begins under a …

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