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Julie Menin
Julie Menin is a civic leader in New York City and political television news commentator who has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel and has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, CBS Evening News, CNN American Morning, CNN Situation Room, Hardball, Larry King, and other programs. She is the former host of a national show on politics airing on NBC cable. She is also a frequent Op-ed Contributor and has written op-eds for the New York Times, Crain’s, The Daily News, NY Post, West Side Spirit, Crain’s, Our Town, and The Downtown Express.
Julie is also the Chairperson of New York City's Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan. She was elected Chairperson of CB1 in a 2005 special election and unanimously re-elected to three successive terms in 2006, 2008, and in 2010. As Chair of CB 1, she spearheaded the building of 3 new public schools in her district, including New York's first "green" school, PS 276.

She led the effort to move the 9/11 trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed from Lower Manhattan. She exposed the fact that the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (on whose board she sits) was sitting on over $200 million which had been slated for Con Ed, and she successfully advocated to get the money allocated instead for Lower Manhattan needs. She has also helped build two new community centers in Lower Manhattan, three new playgrounds, a new ball field, a new public library branch. In addition, she led the community board on the rezoning of Northern Tribeca to preserve its contextual character and to build more affordable housing. In addition, she urged the city to launch a citywide community notification program to apprise New Yorkers of critical information in the event of an emergency which is now NYCNotify, and successfully led the effort to pass a bill in the city and state to mandate life saving epi-pens on all ambulances.

Julie is the Founder and former President of Wall Street Rising, a not-for-profit organization with 30,000 members dedicated to revitalizing Lower Manhattan in the wake of the events of September 11th. She currently serves on the following boards: the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Municipal Art Society, Downtown Alliance, WTC Memorial Foundation, Governors Island, Women’s Campaign Forum, Columbia College Alumni Board, Downtown Hospital and Citizens Union.

Formerly, she was a regulatory attorney at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington DC and at Colgate-Palmolive in NY. She graduated with a degree in political science magna cum laude from Columbia College at Columbia University and received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

She was named by City Hall newspaper as one of the city's "40 Under 40" Rising Stars in New York politics. Julie was voted by the New York Resident as one of the "100 Top New Yorkers", was named NY1's "New Yorker of the Week", and her civic awards include the Women's Campaign Fund's "Rising Star" award, the City Women's Club's "Civic Spirit Award", A.C.E.'s 2008 "Public Service" award, Manhattan Youth's "2008 Public Service Award”, the 2010 League of Conservation Voters award and Citizens Union 2010 Civic Leadership Award.

Entries by Julie Menin

Hold the KSM As a Federal Court Trial at a Military Installation

(23) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 6:17 PM

As Chairperson of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan, representing the area that is slated to hold the KSM trial, I wrote today, on behalf of my Community Board, to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to reconsider the decision to hold the Khalid Sheikh Mohammed trial at...

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A Responsible Solution for the KSM Trial

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2010 | 11:21 AM

Recently, the New York City Police Department released the cost estimates for security for the trial in Lower Manhattan -- upwards of $200 million a year for a multiyear trail. That amount of money simply cannot be justified and suggests that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to completely...

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Let the Sun Shine In on Final Health Care Debate

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2010 | 9:56 PM

One of the key items President Barack Obama campaigned on was his promise to transform government and restore Americans' faith in government, which had in 2008 fallen to a historic low. He repeatedly spoke on the campaign trial about making government transparent and even proclaimed in 2007 that he would...

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Downtown Dispatch: Fear and Anxiety Grip Lower Manhattan as It Braces for the Terror Trials

(10) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 9:30 PM

It has been eight years since the horrific attacks of September 11th, but emotion and anxiety are still raw in the Lower Manhattan community. The impending trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) has caused anxiety and fear in the Lower Manhattan community as some residents decry the risk of a...

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My Interview with Ann Coulter

(160) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 10:54 AM

Coulter's stream of unconscionables is predictably high on drama and low on facts. In one of her more outlandish comments, Coulter calls Representative Maxine Waters, "Very, very stupid, despite the fact that she's black, she is stupid. It is possible to be black and stupid."

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Abortion Opponents Cannot Be Allowed to Derail Health Care Reform

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 11:08 AM

A truly alarming storm is brewing in the ongoing health care reform saga. Bipartisan Congressional opponents of abortion are explicitly threatening to vote no on any health care bill that does not explicitly prohibit abortion coverage.
Such a prohibition, if put into effect, would actually have the...

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Women Have The Most To Lose if Health Reform Fails

(93) Comments | Posted October 19, 2009 | 11:27 PM

Imagine that you recently had a baby through a cesarean section and had planned on taking off a few years to stay at home to care for your new baby. Now with the economic recession forcing many women back into the workforce, you find that you too need to re-enter...

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Letterman: A Setback for Women

(40) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 8:27 PM

To date, the public outrage about David Letterman's affair(s) of the heart has been pretty minimal. Maureen Dowd wrote in the New York Times that "sexual harassment entails pressuring or penalizing a staffer or making the office atmosphere hostile" and she then concludes that since Stephanie Birkitt was promoted...

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Jack Welch Sounds False Note on Women in Corporate America

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 11:14 PM

Women across the country should sound a collective sigh of dismay at the antiquated and frankly harmful comments recently made by former GE CEO Jack Welch.

Speaking at a human resources conference, of all places, where one expects to hear more gender friendly rubric, Welch proclaimed, "There's...

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$10,000 for Donated Eggs: A Price for Science

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2009 | 11:06 PM

New York has become the first state to allow public money (in this case up to $10,000) to be offered to women who donate their eggs for stem cell research. While the move was heralded by many scientists and advocates, some proponents of stem cell research along with a...

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What Sanford, Ensign, and Spitzer Have in Common

(31) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 2:58 PM

There is one thing Governor Sanford, Senator Ensign and former Governor Spitzer have in common beside a propensity toward moral indiscretion, and that is they are all middle-aged men. When we look back at some of the most flagrant sexual scandals of political officials, we cannot help but see that...

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We Can't Turn Our Back on Iran

(10) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 11:31 PM

As the protests in Iran over the recent election results continue, an opportunity for the United States to strongly support democracy and women's rights was sadly lost this week. This week President Barack Obama proclaimed that there was not much difference between Mir Hussein Mousavi and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when...

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No Apology Necessary for Sotomayor

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 9:10 PM

Recently quoted former Bill Clinton advisor Lanny Davis as having said about the White House and Sonia Sotomayor's controversial statement from a speech she gave at Berkeley, "She misspoke. Every day that goes by that they don't say she misspoke and she used the wrong words ... they just...

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Don't Resign Nancy

(7) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 9:35 PM

Republicans are keeping up their attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and Governor Huckabee forming a troika in calling for Pelosi's resignation because of her statements regarding enhanced interrogation methods and the CIA. These calls for her resignation truly stretch the bounds of credulity.

Let's look...

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A Dangerous Day for War On Terror

(18) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 11:24 PM

Today was not a great day for the war on terror. Hearing these two dueling speeches by the President and former Vice President did not advance our goal of uniting this country in a battle against the terrorists. The problem with former Vice President Dick Cheney's rhetoric is...

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Are We a Pro-life Nation?

(33) Comments | Posted May 17, 2009 | 11:02 PM

A new Gallup poll released this week found that a majority of Americans identify themselves as "pro-life." Specifically, 51% of Americans identify themselves as pro-life and 42% as pro-choice. This is the first time since Gallup began asking this question in 1995 that a majority of people have identified themselves...

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Why It Needs to be A Woman

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2009 | 9:52 AM

Much is being made of the historic opportunity for President Barack Obama to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Souter. Articles are trumpeting the tremendous number of women judges and lawyers, without concomitantly questioning why we don't see more women at the top echelons of law...

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The Blame Game

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2009 | 8:52 AM

Democrats and Republicans are rushing to see who can serve as the primary scapegoat for the populist rage-inducing AIG bonuses. In this case, however, both parties are equally culpable and, if this were a court of law, both parties would both be tainted by "unclean hands."
For Republicans,...

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I Didn't Know We Elected Susan Collins?

(5) Comments | Posted February 15, 2009 | 2:51 PM

The deal that House and Senate Democrats, joined by 3 Republican Senators basically thrust Republican Senator Susan Collins into the position of the decider over the fate of the bill. Last time I looked, I don't recall that we elected Susan Collins to be our leader. But that is exactly...

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Stimulus: The Time to Act is Now

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 11:42 AM

With the Senate's passage of their version of the stimulus bill, now it is up to the House and Senate to hammer out a plan that bridges the differences between the two proposals. The House's approach pushes for more spending aid than the Senate's, while the Senate's bill places greater...

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