Citizens Union Speakers
NYC Charter Revision: Non-partisan primary elections — or, as the Citizens Union has re-labeled them, “top-two elections” — dominated Monday’s charter revision commission session at Brooklyn College.
The CU team proposing top-two included chairman Peter Sherwin, Executive Director Dick Dadey, senior staff members Alex Camarda and a silent Rachael Fauss, and the disembodied voice of CU Foundation board member John P. Avlon, who was unable to appear in person.
So effectively counterbalanced was CU’s top-two advocacy by the opposition from floor speakers that the evening felt scripted, almost as if some political strategist had said “we’ll satisfy CU that we’re listening to them, but we’ll give enough opponents a chance to speak that CU will realize that putting non-partisan elections on the ballot this year would fail. And then the mayor won’t owe anything to them or to the Independence Party.” Continue reading
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ACORN folds countrywide, reports Queens Crap. Our own experience with ACORN began with its indictment of our local elementary school many years ago in a widely-publicized report called Secret Apartheid II. ACORN accused the extremely diverse Flatbush public school of giving a warmer welcome to prospective parents who were white, while keeping an African-American “parent” tester waiting a long time. But we knew the individuals involved, we knew the actual sequence of events, and we knew that ACORN’s report had been completely fabricated. In the Saul Alinsky community organizing tradition, ACORN had concluded that the ends, fair treatment of minority parents, justified the means, making up the facts. Continue reading