Archive | September, 2010

Now that we have your attention, Mr. Cuomo…

30 Sep
By ELINOR TATUM
Publisher and Editor in Chief

Finally, it looks like there might actually be a real campaign.

It seems as though Andrew Cuomo has finally gotten the message that he has to actually engage the electorate and show us that he is actually worthy of our votes. We have been speaking loud and clear for some time now, and it looks like he has started to listen. We have been trying to tell him that we want someone to vote for, not simply someone to vote against.

And last week, Cuomo actually came to Harlem, took some time to shake hands and talk to our folks and open up a dialogue with our community. This is a good first step, but we can only hope this is just the first step in addressing the issues and concerns of Black people, who will be vital for either his electoral success or defeat. Continue reading

Newark sanitation workers angry with Booker

30 Sep
By GLENN TOWNES
Special to the AmNews

Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s weekend nirvana came to an abrupt end Monday afternoon after dozens of Newark sanitation workers who received layoff notices from City Hall blasted the mayor.

Booker had been enjoying a whirlwind weekend of television appearances, speeches and accolades from people across the country after it was announced last week that the city would receive a $100 million donation from the CEO of Facebook to help revamp Newark Public Schools. Continue reading

Libertarians send warning to LGBT voters about Democrats

30 Sep
By STEPHON JOHNSON
Amsterdam News Staff

“Like abused spouses who keep returning to their aggressors, gay voters keep handing their votes to the Democrats who abuse them,” opens the public statement from the Libertarian Party, urging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) voters to leave the barracks of the Democratic Party. “The Libertarian Party wants to break this self-destructive behavior and offers LGBT voters a better alternative,” said the statement.

This comes off of last week’s decision by the U.S. Senate to vote against taking the bill that would repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which doesn’t allow homosexuals to openly serve in the military, to the floor for a debate. Democrats won the vote 56-43 but were still four votes short of what’s required to block a filibuster. However, according to a recent national online survey conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion, 59 percent of the respondents said that gay, lesbians and bisexuals should be allowed to serve in the military. This, according to the Libertarian Party, is the reason why LGBT voters should jump ship immediately. Continue reading

Black farmers to Congress: Pay us now!

30 Sep
By STEPHON JOHNSON
Amsterdam News Staff

Last week, John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, made the trek to the nation’s capital with over 100 Black farmers. Boyd called on Congress and President Barack Obama to act promptly and vote yes to paying the farmers’ discrimination settlement that they’re owed.

Joined by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Boyd spoke with the media and said that the powers that be are genuinely working towards a solution that ends with Black farmers getting their money. “I am told that bipartisan efforts continue in good faith. Compromise on offsets is needed to get this done this week,” he said last week. “The strong commitment we have from both parties to get this issue resolved this week is evidence that on critical issues, our leaders can still come together.”
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Paladino’s “racist” politics

30 Sep
By HERB BOYD
Special to the AmNews

Carl Paladino stunned the state’s GOP when he won the Republican gubernatorial primary earlier this month. Now, he’s stunning the nation with his toxic tongue full of venom and denunciation of Black and poor people, to say nothing of his e-mails laden with racism and pornography.

With apparently no limits to his wacko demeanor, Paladino has even shared e-mail images of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle, portraying them as a pimp and a prostitute. While the candidate has apologized for these “misjudgments,” as he termed them, it still leaves a question about his judgment as a potential state leader. Continue reading

AmNews editorial starts a stir

30 Sep
By AMITY PAYE
Special to the AmNews

The race for governor has finally started to heat up.

Last week, AmNews publisher and Editor in Chief Elinor Tatum lit a fire under the campaign with her editorial titled, “Andy, are you gonna to run a campaign?”

“You have remained silent. You have met with no one. And I mean no one. You have not spoken to us or any other media outlets, for that matter. You seem to think that you are the golden child who cannot be touched, but I am afraid, my friend, you may be sorely mistaken,” Tatum wrote last week. Continue reading

A pox on Paladino and Cuomo

30 Sep
By HERB BOYD
Special to the AmNews

About the same time Attorney General Andrew Cuomo was announcing his urban agenda in Harlem in a closed session with several Black elected officials and community leaders on Monday, Councilman Charles Barron was delivering his urban agenda plan in Brooklyn.

In an interview a day after his press conference, Barron, who is running for governor on the Freedom Party line, spoke in detail about his plan. Continue reading

NYC Subway Frustration

27 Sep

By Gregg Walker: Manhattan Viewpoint blogger

Last weekend provided us with an opportunity to experience the frustrations of the investments being made in our city’s subway system.

2nd Avenue Subway Delays Continue

Though the 2nd Avenue Subway project is already years behind schedule and $1 billion over budget, new disappoints have emerged.

Early this month, we learned that new cost overruns and delays were being blamed on the need to move the plumbing and utilities under the private buildings along 2nd Avenue. One wonders how this moving of utilities could have been unanticipated. Continue reading

Wall Street Journal: Harsh Critique of Cuomo

27 Sep

By JACOB GERSHMAN

The head of a black-owned weekly newspaper based in Harlem said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has “proved nothing” to African-American voters and takes their support for granted.

The publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, Elinor Tatum, vented her frustration with state’s the attorney general in a strongly worded open letter in the newspaper published on Thursday.

“You have remained silent. You have met with no one. And I mean no one. You have not spoken to us or any other media outlets, for that matter,” Ms. Tatum wrote. “You seem to think that you are the golden child who cannot be touched, but I am afraid, my friend, you may be sorely mistaken.” Continue reading

NYTimes: Cuomo Facing Criticism From Blacks

27 Sep
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE Published: September 26, 2010

Andrew M. Cuomo faces discontent among black elected officials and community leaders who say Mr. Cuomo has ignored them during his campaign for governor and is offering black New Yorkers little reason to rally to his cause, endangering his prospects for November.

In interviews, the officials raised numerous concerns about Mr. Cuomo, the state attorney general and a Democrat who has in the past had uneasy relations with New York’s black political establishment. He has done virtually no campaigning in predominantly black neighborhoods in New York or with black elected officials, they said, and has offered no major initiatives aimed at minority New Yorkers, spurring worries that black voters will stay home in November.

Some were rankled that Mr. Cuomo refused to take a stand on legislation enacted this summer that prohibits the New York Police Department from keeping records on people questioned during street stops but not arrested or fined. Continue reading