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William Cunningham joined DKC, a public relations and crisis communications firm, as Managing Director in January 2006, after serving Mayor Michael Bloomberg for five years. As the Mayor’s Communications Director, Cunningham helped shape the media outreach of the Mayor’s Office as well as over 50 city agencies. He advised the Mayor on a broad range of subjects including policy, politics and communication strategies. Cunningham’s career in public service dates to 1975, when he served on the senior staff of New York Governors Hugh L. Carey and Mario M. Cuomo. He was Chief of Staff for the late Senator Daniel P. Moynihan and managed his last campaign in 1994. In the private sector, Cunningham has worked as a consultant, advising trade associations, major corporations, professional service firms, and organized statewide and regional public information campaigns. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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He Roped the Dopes

Posted September 9, 2009 | 22:07:38 (EST)

On August 10th, I suggested that President Obama should take a lesson from Muhammed Ali and use a rope-a-dope strategy to counter the attacks on his health care plan. Listening to his speech tonight, I saw him do this to his opponents. After laying out the benefits to those who...

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Applying Historical Lessons to Health Care Reform

Posted August 21, 2009 | 14:20:32 (EST)

As of today the Health Care Debate raging across the country has been a discussion of campaign tactics. Is the outrage on the tube manufactured? Is it real? Who organized the pros and the cons? Are the Tweeters being outmanaged by the emailers? And when the debate turns to the...

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What Schulberg Might Have Told Obama About Fighting

Posted August 10, 2009 | 18:17:32 (EST)

Budd Schulberg, Academy Award winner for the script of the movie On the Waterfront, and a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame, died this past week. Too bad he couldn't have been the corner man for President Obama in his fight for health care reform. I think the President...

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The End of Literacy?

Posted July 21, 2009 | 11:40:26 (EST)

Two prolific and titanic practitioners of the English language passed from our world this week: Walter Cronkite and Frank McCourt. There is little left to be said about the accomplishments of these two...their lives' work defined and explained them both.

To all of us here, and most of the world,...

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Power to the People...Ravitch for Lt. Gov

Posted July 9, 2009 | 16:32:45 (EST)

I'm not a lawyer, but let me play one for now...after all, with the antics in Albany, how could it hurt? In thinking about the monotonous, boring and buffoonish situation in our State Senate these past few weeks, I've wondered why no citizen has stepped up to file a legal...

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A November Election For Lieutenant Governor?

Posted July 9, 2009 | 13:28:25 (EST)

I'm not a lawyer, but let me play one for now. After all, with the antics in Albany, how could it hurt? In thinking about the monotonous, boring and buffoonish situation in our State Senate these past few weeks, I've wondered why no citizen has stepped up to file a...

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Paralysis In Albany

Posted June 29, 2009 | 08:05:26 (EST)

Since the New York State Senate has continued its self -induced paralysis by failing to reach some sort of a short term working arrangement, a number of consequences await the citizens of New York this week: counties may have to raise property taxes because they have no ongoing authority to...

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Farce Turns To Tragedy

Posted June 23, 2009 | 18:12:36 (EST)

My former boss, the late Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, was a noted author and social scientist. He wrote an article for the American Scholar in 1993 where he referred to a phenomenon in which society begins to accept levels of behavior that heretofore would have been unacceptable.

As this...

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Send in the Clowns

Posted June 22, 2009 | 10:15:00 (EST)

The eyes of the New York political world, and perhaps the nation, have been turned on the New York State Senate. The coup and near counter-coup of a few renegade members have exposed the most "dysfunctional" state legislative body to editorial scorn and cartoon ridicule. Moreover it is impossible to...

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