The Upcoming Televised Debates

To those of you interested in the political process, and I hope that is everyone, it’s that time of year, to start watching LIVE DEBATES on NY1.

First of all, no organization in this state comes close to doing as great a job on debates as NY1. Hours and hours of preparation go into the debates. Hours and Hours of meetings and research.

It doesn’t matter if your politics are Left, Right, Conservative, Liberal, Progressive. Or Independent. These debates are an opportunity for the public, a “snapshot” for you to see the candidates without some type of a media filter.

Will Rangel Cut the Deal?


Congressman Rangel finds himself between what is said: “a rock and a hard place.”

In the twilight of his career, he is forced to make a decision that he does not want to make.

Having Known Rangel for a number of decades, and knowing how important his legacy is to him, every ounce of Rangel’s being is to fight the ethical charges all the way.

It wouldn’t be surprising if he took that route.

Say It Ain’t Say Kathleen


One general rule of thumb in politics is voters don’t really pay attention to a race until September and Labor Day.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, is probably hoping that’s the case after it has been revealed she did not cast her first ballot in an election until 2002, nearly two decades after she first registered to vote.

Don’t Count Rangel Out Just Yet


An investigative subcommittee has charged Congressman Charles Rangel with multiple ethics violations, but to those hoping the Harlem Democrat is going to resign, don’t hold your breath.

Rangel is a fighter, and when he does decide to leave, he’ll want to do it on his own terms.

In a statement Rangel said: "I am pleased that, at long last, sunshine will pierce the cloud of serious allegations that have been raised against me in the media."

"I will be glad to respond to the allegations at such time as the Ethics Committee makes them public."

We will miss your deeds Mr. Steinbrenner


George Steinbrenner deserves the praise of all New Yorkers. He was a legend, and a good humanitarian who exuberated a winning attitude that all New Yorkers could appreciate.

He never talked about it in great detail, but Mr. Steinbrenner did a lot to help African American college football programs.


One relationship Steinbrenner had was with the late great Grambling University football coach, Eddie Robinson.

Not enough people know that Steinbrenner actually loaned Yankee Stadium to Grambling for the annual Whitney M. Young Urban League Football Classic, which showcases black college football teams and even today raises scholarship money.

Paterson steps up to “level the playing field.”


What do three of the last four governors have in common?

Promises to increase opportunities for minority and women owned firms.

Well, here’s something that shocking and how could it exist in a liberal state like New York?

We already know that New York is one of the most ethnically diverse states:

-Has the second highest number of women-owned businesses

-And New York has the third highest number of minority-owned business enterprises

Yet the reality is at the end of the day, when it comes to spending money with such businesses, New York State currently falls behind eight other states.