COMMENTARY: Confronting the Questions and Challenges of a New Reality
By RICHARD BRODSKY

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ALBANY, NY — March 17, 2020 — There is no template for leadership in a time of plague. What we want from leaders may not be what is needed. Assurance, protection and cheerfulness are what we supply to children in a crisis. Truth and warning would serve us better. Nor is there a model for how to behave in our …

Richard BrodskyCOMMENTARY: Confronting the Questions and Challenges of a New Reality
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COMMENTARY: In Taking on Trump, Cuomo So Far Has the Weaker Hand
By RICHARD BRODSKY

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ALBANY, NY — March 2, 2020 — The ongoing headbutt-fest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump shows every indication of being hugely and grotesquely entertaining. The problem is that so much is at stake, we can’t afford to laugh. Part of the spectator interest is the temperamental similarity between the two men. Don’t get me wrong: Cuomo on his …

Richard BrodskyCOMMENTARY: In Taking on Trump, Cuomo So Far Has the Weaker Hand
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COMMENTARY: Five Takeaways From the Impeachment of Donald Trump
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — February 23, 2020 — The impeachment and trial of Donald Trump has come and gone. In an age of instantaneous news and opinion, that’s not surprising. But now’s the time to reflect and see if anyone learned anything. The first lesson is that being a vile person, and a serial liar, are not grounds for conviction …

Richard BrodskyCOMMENTARY: Five Takeaways From the Impeachment of Donald Trump
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COMMENTARY: Stop the Hand-Wringing; Primaries Can Be A Long Process
By RICHARD BRODSKY

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ALBANY, NY — February 16, 2020 — In 1972 I worked as an advance man for Maine Sen. Ed Muskie in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. He was the electable, moderate candidate, the consensus choice to take on Richard Nixon. Among my tasks was to set up a rally outside the offices of the Manchester Union Leader run by William …

Richard BrodskyCOMMENTARY: Stop the Hand-Wringing; Primaries Can Be A Long Process
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COMMENTARY: The Hard Truths About Healthcare in Upstate New York
By RICHARD BRODSKY

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — February 10, 2020 — Let us now praise the Albany truth tellers. First among them is  Gary Fitzgerald, who heads the organization of upstate health care providers. Health care upstate is in big trouble. Consider: 85 percent of upstate hospitals operate at a loss. Thousands of jobs for doctors and nurses are unfilled.  Upstate patients are …

eHeziCOMMENTARY: The Hard Truths About Healthcare in Upstate New York
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COMMENTARY: A Healthy Democracy Needs Engaged Citizen-Activists
By RICHARD BRODSKY

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — February 4, 2020 — One of the most attractive things about the politics of Albany is the vast infrastructure of individual citizens and organizations battling for what they think is right. Spend some time at the Capitol on a Tuesday when thousands of real people show up to make sure that legislators hear them and act …

Richard BrodskyCOMMENTARY: A Healthy Democracy Needs Engaged Citizen-Activists
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Two of New York’s Sacred Cows are About to Lock Horns
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — January 26, 2020 —What’s different about this year’s budget proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nothing to do with the size of the looming $6 billion budget gap. Albany has successfully wrestled with larger gaps often. The problem is that for the first time we’re headed for a collision between the two sacred cows of state …

Richard BrodskyTwo of New York’s Sacred Cows are About to Lock Horns
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On Crime and Punishment, Let Fairness and Justice Guide Us
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ALBANY,NY and WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — January 19, 2020 — If you listen carefully, we are in the midst of a profound debate about crime and punishment. Baseball’s cheating scandal; Rep. Chris Collins’ guilty plea; President Donald Trump’s impeachment; Harvey Weinstein’s trial; cash bail reform. In all these we sense that something wrong has happened. We can’t seem to agree …

Richard BrodskyOn Crime and Punishment, Let Fairness and Justice Guide Us
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Behold the Three-Headed Beast of New York Government
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — January 12, 2020 — The annual State of the State ritual put New York’s economic trilemma on display. We have three tribes marching in three incompatible directions. And we have 80 days to sort it out. We face on old problem — a massive budget shortfall — with a new political dynamic. We aspire to a …

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Bigotry Tests Our Values. It’s A Test We Can Pass Together
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — January 5, 2020 — The explosion of public expressions of bigotry is breathtaking. We had thought that, as individuals and as a society, we had moved past the acceptance of awful and indefensible behaviors. The evidence is otherwise. Laws had been passed. It wasn’t legal to discriminate. Penalties had been enhanced. Do wrong and you paid …

Richard BrodskyBigotry Tests Our Values. It’s A Test We Can Pass Together
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