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Tom Allon
Tom Allon brought his background as a life-long New Yorker, a parent, an educator, and a publisher of a group of community newspapers to his campaign for Mayor. Combining that with his in-depth knowledge of the neighborhoods of New York, Tom lead the discussion about education, job creation, and economic development for New York City in the 2013 Mayoral campaign.

Tom Allon began his career in the New York City public school system, teaching journalism and English at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High School.  He went on to become an editor at the award-winning West Side Spirit and moved to the publishing side when he became Publisher of Manhattan's two largest community weeklies, Our Town and West Side Spirit.

Tom has been a leader in local neighborhood-based journalism and the New York City publishing industry for the past 25 years.  He is currently the CEO and owner of City and State NY, the most influential political media company in New York State.

Before privatizing Manhattan Media in August 2001, Tom was the executive vice president of News Communications, Inc., a public media company that owned 23 newspapers in New York City’s boroughs, Long Island and Washington, D.C.  He was involved with the start-up of the successful Capitol Hill daily, The Hill, and helped supervise News Communications' expansion throughout NYC’s neighborhoods in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Tom helped create two successful public high schools, Eleanor Roosevelt High School on the Upper East Side and Frank McCourt High School on the Upper West Side.  He also served on the advisory boards of the West Side Crime Prevention Program and the Broadway Mall Association and was the President of the New York Press Association in 2008.

A 1980 Stuyvesant graduate, Tom received his BA in History from Cornell University in 1984 and his MS in Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1985. He now lives on the Upper West Side with his three teenage children.

Entries by Tom Allon

Lessons From My Father

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 6:12 PM

I have never visited my father's birthplace in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. In fact, I find that part of the world quite confusing. I couldn't tell you the difference between a Czech and a Slav or what area the Czech Republic occupies.

My father, who passed away in 1999,...

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Muhammad Ali Suffered For Our Sins

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 11:50 AM

Ali with The Beatles in 1964

If Cassius Clay had excelled as a baseball player instead of as a pro boxer he'd probably have charmed us with his poetry and boundless ego well into the 21st century. He would not have...

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And Now a Word to the Graduates

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 3:29 PM

Dear Class of 2016:

When I began college 36 years ago, the new president was a former b-list entertainer who many thought was a simple-minded warmonger.

Let us pray that history does not repeat itself three and a half decades later.

I had spent my senior year of high...

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It's a Wide, Wide World

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 6:07 PM

Growing up in New York, I had a view of the world similar to the old Steinberg poster: after Broadway and Columbus and Central Park came 5th Avenue and then came California and then China and Australia in the distant horizon.

It's easy to be a myopic...

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Goodbye to the Donkeys and Elephants

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 12:16 PM

I've always found the image of the lonely sanitation man cleaning up in the wake of the circus an apt one for presidential campaigns.

Now that the 2016 circus of elephants and donkeys has departed New York -- and left tons of policy debris and noise pollution behind -- it...

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Whatever Happened to Ethics?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 10:05 AM

It's the underpinning of all knowledge and behavior, yet no one teaches ethics anymore. For the last five decades we have seen the waning of civics classes in high schools and ethics classes in colleges. In the corporate world, learning ethics has become an anachronistic notion.

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America's Lost Place in the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 7:08 AM

When I was a college student at Cornell University over three decades ago I decided to major in history because I felt it would allow me to understand the roots of so many 20th century riddles that plagued me.

How did the Holocaust happen? Couldn't America have prevented it if...

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My Love-Hate Relationship With the GPS

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 4:34 PM

We are living in an age of rapid technological innovation. How to properly utilize some of these new tools is one of the greatest challenges we face. Clearly, many of these advances have enhanced our ability to communicate, our quality of lives, our productivity.

But like all...

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A Big Win for New York Values

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 4:04 PM

Like any proud New Yorker, I was outraged a few months ago when the sniveling Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, used the loaded term "New York values," in his attempt to smear liberal New Yorkers like me. He was attempting to bloody his main Republican presidential opponent, Donald...

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NY Slant: Chuck Schumer to the Plate

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 10:38 PM

The moment that Chuck Schumer has been training for his whole life came sometime after sunset on Friday night when U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep at a ranch in West Texas.

There's no way that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky and...

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The MTA Debases Women on a Daily Basis

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 7:03 PM



Dear Governor Cuomo:

Like you, we are the parents of three daughters. Walking the streets of New York, they tell us they are catcalled, leered at and objectified. Last year, one of them was groped...

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Time to Step On the Gas

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Cities -- like the human body -- are machines that need proper maintenance and repair.

New York City, the greatest metropolis in the world, looks great on the outside. There are gleaming luxury high-rise buildings, shiny new neighborhoods and energetic tourists everywhere.

But looks are deceiving.

Beneath the...

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Trump and the Media, Co-dependents

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 3:17 PM

Look up the definition of co-dependent in the dictionary and it indicates an unhealthy relationship between two people that is dysfunctional, leads to abusive behavior and is just plain old bad for both parties.

I can't think of a better word to describe Donald Trump's budding romance with...

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Why Elections Are So Much Fun

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 9:38 PM

When I was a young child growing up on the Upper West Side, I was a huge sports fan, my mood fluctuating with the fortunes of the Mets, the Knicks and other professional sports teams. On days that one of my teams was playing, I always felt excited, a frisson...

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Mayor de Blasio's Midterm Report Card

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Since we're living in a data-driven, grades obsessed world, it's time to gather around for Mayor Bill de Blasio's midterm report card.

It's halfway through the Mayor's four-year term. First terms are notoriously hard but since this is the big time, there's no grading on a curve for the earnest,...

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Hay, Wake Up Council Members!

(10) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Co-authored by Rebecca Cohen

Stella, Caesar, Blondie, Chris, Doreen, Charlie, Pumpkin, Tickles and Oreo are just some of the names of New York horses that have been killed or injured while working.

Working, really? That would imply choice, right? It's really no different than an...

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Passing the Buck

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Any high school history student is aware of the famous sign that President Harry Truman kept on his desk: "The Buck Stops Here."

Which means: If you are a true leader, you take full responsibility for what happens when you are in power.

But for many modern...

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Plastic: It's Not My Bag

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 11:04 AM

I will be honest: I am not much of a recycler. It just doesn't occur to me. I know it's important and I know why it's important, but it never makes it to the top of my list of priorities. If I could choose between watching the Mets, being with...

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Can Men Finally Find Work-Life Balance?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 2:46 PM

We live in a society - and an era - in which many middle-aged men define themselves by what they do, not for who they are. It's career success (and, of course, the salary and wealth that accompanies big jobs) that seems to be the brass ring for most. Corporations...

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To Sleep, Perchance to Feel Rested

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 9:51 AM

Like millions of Americans, I have an uneasy relationship with sleep, and I've spent the past year really digging into this under-appreciated aspect of our lives.

I have dreamed up a new way of assembling research, data, new technologies and resources to help provide people with useful information so...

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