While nothing in local politics is ever simple, everything about local politics is very immediate and very real. The next mayor of New York City will have a significant impact on the future of this city.
If I told you during the campaign that Governor Andrew Cuomo would have major, unprecedented first-year accomplishments, and then would set the bar high in year two, wouldn't you ask what was in my coffee?
There is no question that the protesters have tapped a vein of frustration felt by Americans of all political persuasions. While the energy driving these protests in cities across the country may be new, the issues are not.
Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative underplays the dire nationwide economic distress which has so many minorities ensnared in poverty -- including minority women and young girls who aren't eligible for the Initiative.