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 …

Richard BrodskyBehold the Three-Headed Beast of New York Government
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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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Gubernatorial Vetoes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
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End-of-year Vetoes Produce Strange Results, Bedfellows and Laws. WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — December 30, 2019 — For example, in January 1995, Gov. George Pataki’s first official legislative act was to veto a bill sponsored by Sen. George Pataki. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that a bill to allow citizens to sue for environmental violations, which he …

Richard BrodskyGubernatorial Vetoes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
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Three Perspectives on the Impeachment of a President
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — December 23, 2019 — Today’s column is really three separate columns in one, since the law of impeachment and the politics of impeachment are different discussions, and apart from them is a big existential question the country faces. So, let’s proceed. The Law of Impeachment The impeachment case brought by the House of Representatives is legally thinner …

Richard BrodskyThree Perspectives on the Impeachment of a President
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GOP Could Use Some Leadership, But Don’t Hold Your Breath
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — December 15, 2019 — Republican State Chairman Nick Langworthy is certainly peppy. He’s quotable and energetic. There’s lots of activity. What’s missing is a message that his party can take to voters. And his slate of candidates is becoming more and more depleted. In recent days, three GOP stalwarts have thrown in the towel, taking the …

eHeziGOP Could Use Some Leadership, But Don’t Hold Your Breath
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New York’s About to Face Some Hard Choices on Health Care
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — December 8, 2019 — The recent hair-pulling about the state budget is old news and something new. It isn’t a budget deficit. That term applies to the current budget and no one is saying that we’re currently running red ink at that level. It is a projected gap next year between currently anticipated revenues and currently …

Richard BrodskyNew York’s About to Face Some Hard Choices on Health Care
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Warren’s Campaigning on the Issues; It’s the Right Approach
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — December 1, 2019 — The dominant ideas of the 2020 presidential race are emerging, especially in the Democratic primary contest. Unexpectedly, the intellectualism of Elizabeth Warren has come to define the politics of the campaign, much to her credit. Candidates, pundits, and voters are caught up in the debates about her proposals. Good or bad, right or …

Richard BrodskyWarren’s Campaigning on the Issues; It’s the Right Approach
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As American as Baseball, Mom and Corporate Welfare
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — November 27, 2019 — I’m not a big fan of the billion-dollar bailouts that we hand out to rich and powerful corporations like candy. They’re bad economics. They don’t work. They don’t enrich anyone but the corporations. But I do support moving swiftly and smartly to assure the survival of the four minor-league teams that just …

Richard BrodskyAs American as Baseball, Mom and Corporate Welfare
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In the End, Bloomberg’s Just Another Self-serving Billionaire
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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — November 18, 2019 — It is sometimes necessary to rank our billionaires. Mike Bloomberg is considerably richer, smarter and nicer than Leon Cooperman. Cooperman’s dyspeptic outbursts at Elizabeth Warren and her billionaire’s tax illuminated how out of touch and smug are some of our 1 percenters. He will continue to be the poster child for what’s …

Richard BrodskyIn the End, Bloomberg’s Just Another Self-serving Billionaire
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