Second Stanza of September Song By Henry J. Stern

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Second September Song Answers Your Letters. The New Year is 5770. Labor Day Chronicled; Autos, Ballots Discussed Yesterday’s rumination, September Song, drew a larger than usual response from readers.   Some of them first corrected the inexcusable mistake that we made with regard to the Jewish New Year, which will begin on the evening of Saturday, September 19.  The number …

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September Song By Henry J. Stern

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Oysters 'R' In Season; Academic Year Begins; Jews to Welcome 5760 Today is the first of September, and that has always been a calendar day of some significance to me.  It falls midway between my birthday and New Year’s Day, thus dividing the year into three trimesters.  More importantly, today is the first day of the month in which the …

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Lionizing Mice By Henry J. Stern

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Why Politicians Betray Our Trust: Swollen Egos, Varied Temptations A public figure does have responsibilities beyond those to his family.  He owes something to the people who worked for him, who set aside other opportunities to serve him.  He owes honesty to the people who contributed to his campaign, and he has the further obligation not do anything to embarrass …

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Great, But is it Legal? By Henry J. Stern

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Paterson Appoints Ravitch, but has he the Authority?Appeals Court will Decide, Hopefully, Reasonably Soon The internet is a remarkable invention which has made it possible to communicate with large numbers of people in a very short time.   It remains a challenge, however, for even this marvelous device to keep up with the twists and turns of the Albany players whose …

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Senate Fiddles as New York Burns By Henry J. Stern

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Senate Stumbles Into Food Fight Today is July 1, the 24th day of dereliction for the New York State Senate. It is also the first day of the city’s new fiscal year (FY 2010).  Each level of government has its own unique calendar; the Federal government's fiscal year begins on October 1 and the State's on April 1.  The only …

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The Blackberry Revolution By Henry J. Stern

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Malcolm Didn't Listen When Big Tom Visited,He Was On Blackberry Back in January 2007, in the enthusiasm following Eliot Spitzer's landslide victory in the race for governor, we picked up on a slogan that had been used by the Spitzer campaign – "Day One: Everything Changes."  We continued to keep time in days for some months after Day One, but …

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Down to the Wire By Henry J. Stern

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MTA to Get More State Aid; Legislators Plan to Supersede Agency's Doomsday Budget The artificial March 25 deadline set by the MTA came and went Wednesday. The state legislature has still not reached agreement on the transit agency’s demand for new state subsidies, and by what means the necessary funds will be raised.  The agency’s response was to enact what …

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Uncomptrolled By Henry J. Stern

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This is Shocking, Even to Us: Alleged $30 Million Extortion By Hevesi Campaign ManagerThe most shocking political news of the year came today in the indictment in New York County by a 23-member grand jury of Hank Morris, former campaign manager for former City and State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, and David Loglisci, former top investment officer of the New York …

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