New York Primary Voting

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not perfect, but he has shown the ability to govern. (Cynthia Nixon is simply not ready to govern. Maybe someday, but not until she’s shown some semblance of governing experience.) We should surround Cuomo with progressive reformers who will hold him to the things he promised and that NYers need, particularly by reeling in the rogue Dems who have sided with Republicans to prevent meaningful change to things like corruption reform, criminal justice reform, subways and election reform.

In my opinion, we should re-elect Gov. Cuomo and surround him with these state candidates:

* Lt. Gov: Jumaane Williams. While the lieutenant governor holds an essentially ceremonial position, Mr. Williams has vowed, if elected, to do what he can to add to that pressure. He will be a fresh face in Albany but not a stranger to how government works. (He’s currently a three-term City Councilman.) What’s more, the current lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, has served as little more than an echo for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. During a debate with Mr. Williams, Ms. Hochul could not name a single instance in which she had changed the governor’s mind on an issue, or opposed one of his policies.

* State AG: As I mentioned yesterday, Zephyr Teachout is the best-positioned candidate to clean up the corruption in Albany and to keep in check an out-of-control president. She’s a political corruption expert and I believe she will be an effective champion for democracy and civil rights, good government and the environment, workers’ rights, fair housing and gender equality.

Closer to home, the nomination for Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court Judge will be on the Democratic ballot. But beware: there is only one Democrat: Theresa Whalen. The other candidate, Tara Scully, is a Republican who’s only on the ballot to mislead voters and create a no-contest scenario in November. How did she get there? The Republican Party paid over $35,000 to a firm called Red Elephant, who gathered signatures to put their candidate on the Democratic line. Make no mistake about it: their person, Tara Scully, is no Democrat. That’s a lie. Be sure to vote Whalen and prevent the Republicans from being handed the seat in November.

Safety and Opportunity Are Not Mutually Exclusive

I’m of the opinion that we can protect our country while remaining a land of opportunity. It’s not an opinion shared by many conservatives, so when a powerful one agrees, I’m intrigued.

The Koch brothers, who lead the political network that donates hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative politicians, today denounced Trump’s executive order. From ABC News:

“We believe it is possible to keep Americans safe without excluding people who wish to come here to contribute and pursue a better life for their families,” Brian Hooks, who oversees the Koch network’s bi-annual seminars, said. “The travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive.

“Our country has benefited tremendously from a history of welcoming people from all cultures and backgrounds. This is a hallmark of free and open societies,” he added.

Maybe Trump will take note if more powerful donors speak up. Now is not the time to be silent.

‘Up is Down’

David Barstow with a great piece in today’s New York Times on the “bogus claims that gushed from President Trump during his first days in office.” This quote is especially notable:

It is one thing when the hyperbole comes from a reality TV star exaggerating his ratings to a roomful of television critics. The stakes are infinitely higher when it comes from the leader of the free world, and this reality is provoking alarm from many across the political spectrum.

Now Is Not The Time To Be Silent

Like many Americans, I spent last night following the news of the detainment of refugees seeking a better life in America…the same America from which our immigrant ancestors sought – and were granted – a better life. I was first appalled by the developments and then relieved when a federal judge became the voice of reason. Following the news on TV and social media, I kept to myself, seeing as I had nothing of value to add. But then I saw a tweet which hit home.

The essence of the tweet (which I unfortunately can no longer find) was that the poster had been waffling between staying informed about what the new administration is doing and shutting down completely from the insanity. But the events of last night convinced her that now is not the time to remain silent.

For my part, I’m going to stay informed and remain objective. And I will not be silent.

Music You Need To Know: The Lone Bellow

It’s rare for me to obsess over a new band, but that’s exactly what’s been happening the past two days. And considering that I’ve been in a music discovery rut for quite some time, discovering a band I actually like was that much more rare. But somehow I ended up on the Esquire website, and somehow I clicked on “Exclusive: Watch a Doc on The Lone Bellow.”

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Evidence of MLS Growth: Exhibit #24

In this ongoing series of posts1, I present evidence of the growth of soccer in America. This evidence is intended to educate the public and silence the critics who think soccer is dead in this country. 

Speaking yesterday morning at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit, Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross acknowledged that he is seeking to acquire an MLS expansion franchise.

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  1. By “ongoing” I mean “the first,” and by “series” I mean “there may be more.” []

Yahoo! Has My Attention

I’ve always been an early adopter of most technology, dating back to the early 90’s when I was one of the first people on my college campus to learn HTML. But as life has become busier and more complex, my tolerance for technology – everything from mobile apps to routers – has significantly decreased. But conversely, give me something with a great user interface that will be useful on a regular basis, and you have my attention.  Yahoo! now has my attention.
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A Hofstra Homecoming for the Cosmos and Me

When I arrive at Shuart Stadium at Hofstra University tonight, it will be a homecoming of sorts for me. Sure, the Cosmos will also be there; after all, they played at Hofstra during their first two seasons in 1972 and 1973…three years before I was born. But from 1984 to 1994, I roamed the sidelines of the then-named Hofstra Stadium.
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