A Win for Democracy in Buffalo

Last week something remarkable happened, with two separate court rulings netting a significant victory for everyone who believes ballot access is fundamental to a well-functioning democracy. This happened when judges in separate proceedings in state and federal courts both ordered the Erie County Board of Elections to put Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s name on an […]

The Party Problem

Looking at the political landscape in New York’s largest cities, it is fair to say, most people are left out of the political process and only a fraction of New York voters are making our state’s political decisions.   In our large cities, the winners of sometimes competitive Democratic primaries coast to victory with almost […]

The Primary Problem

While New York has many political problems, one gaping issue in front of both Parties is the fact that we have a closed primary system.  That means that in order to vote in a Party Primary, you must be an enrolled member of that Party.  Most New Yorkers think, “of course you do!  Where in […]

People Over Party

Many of us are sick and tired of the hyper-partisanship that has become the default in politics. Back room deals, rule by executive order, and legislative gridlock are now the hallmarks of government across America. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in our own New York State. The two major political parties play the game […]

Football, Bruce Springsteen and Unity

If you’re like us, you watched every second of the Big Game on Sunday, enjoying a not just the game and the food, but the commercials!  And no commercial from yesterday landed with as much authority than Jeep’s ad featuring Bruce Springsteen.    Take a look here: The Boss shared a message that really resonated with […]

New York Must Unite To Recover

As we watched today’s Inauguration of President Joe Biden, it’s difficult to shake the horrific events that transpired just two weeks ago.  The events of January 6, 2021 will be forever seared into our collective memories as an historically distressing event in American history.  The visuals of an angry mob storming our nation’s Capitol and […]