By BILL LYNCH, Chairman of Bill Lynch Associates
It is hard to believe that just two years ago, many of us stood in the plaza in front of the Harlem State Office Building cheering and weeping for joy over the election of the first African-American president, Barack Obama. There is no other way to describe the feeling in the wake of the 2010 elections than terrible, especially for African-Americans in New York and nationally.
In New York State, we will no longer have an African-American governor, and with Democrats in danger of losing the State Senate that we only just won in 2008, leaders John Sampson of Brooklyn and Malcolm Smith of Queens, both African-American, could lose their posts. Continue reading
By HERB BOYD, Special to the AmNews
In an hour-long speech followed by a question and answer session in the White House’s East Wing, a day after the election, President Barack Obama said, “I take responsibility,” on a number of points. And no acceptance of blame was more crucial and telling than the tidal wave, or “shellacking,” as he put it, that gave Republicans control over the House of Representatives.
“Over the last two years, we’ve made progress, but clearly too many Americans haven’t felt that progress yet. They told us that yesterday,” he said, his voice trailing off. “As president, I take responsibility for that.”
By CYRIL JOSH BARKER, Amsterdam News Staff
New Yorkers spoke loud and clear at the polls on Tuesday by allowing city elected officials to serve only two terms. The vote also prevents the City Council from voting to extend term limits.
Responding to one of two questions on the back of their ballots, 74 percent of people voted in favor to keep term limits to two terms. The decision comes after Mayor Michael Bloomberg extended term limits in 2008, allowing him to run and win a third term in 2009.
Last week, Bloomberg came out in support of reducing term limits back to two, simply stating during a press conference, “I’m voting to restore it.” Continue reading
By CYRIL JOSH BARKER, Amsterdam News Staff
While the new voting system for the general election was an improvement from the primaries, problems still arose for many voters who cast their ballots.
On Tuesday, voters again used the new way of casting their votes by using paper ballots, rather than lever machines. During the primaries, problems ranging from malfunctioning machines to improperly trained poll workers prompted Mayor Michael Bloomberg to call the process of “royal screw-up.”
In fact, things were so bad last time that it prompted the Board of Election to fire its executive director, George Gonzalez.
Reports indicate that officials from 311 said that they received 729 complaints about ballots and voting machines and 674 about poll sites, while 185 called to complain about poll workers. Approximately 4,266 people called looking for their polling site and 1,554 needed to get general election information. Continue reading
By Nayaba Arinde, Amsterdam News Editor
The morning after the night before Freedom Party supporters hit the ground running.
“Oh we got the win!” beamed Councilman Charles Barron, who up until Tuesday night had been the Freedom Party gubernatorial candidate. “We are having a press conference on Thursday to announce our founding convention on February 22 and 23rd; when we are going to hammer out our platform, our issues, develop our strategy for our political empowerment, and build our membership. The Freedom Party is here to stay. We are on the move.” Continue reading
By Curtis R. Simmons, Stephon Johnson, Josh Cyrus Baker and Amity Paye
Andrew Cuomo has assembled a lengthy Urban Agenda document covering a range of issues that are of interest to communities of color.
In a document covering more than 250 pages his staff has covered a range of issue from criminal justice, housing, education, small and minority businesses. The Amsterdam News staff began the process of analyzing the document so that we can access how a Cuomo Administration would approach issues facing urban and communities of color throughout the state. Continue reading
By HERB BOYD
Special to the AmNews
Unlike the rest of the country, where the Republicans reaped a harvest of votes and almost ran the midterm tables, the state senate race in New York remains a big question mark with three races still up for grabs.
Not in doubt, though, are the state’s top positions that were handily retained by the Democrats with Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo defeating Carl Paladino by a two-to-one margin out of a total of some 2.5 million votes. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand beat back their Republican opponents; Eric Schneiderman, after a nip and tuck race with Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, is the new attorney general-elect; and Thomas DiNapoli, who replaced Alan Havesi as state comptroller, finally edged out Harry Wilson.
By CURTIS R. SIMMONS
There is no way around it. Tuesday night was not a good night for either the Democrats or Black political empowerment.
While most elected African-Americans did not lose in races around the state or in the nation, decades of accumulated power were washed away in Washington D.C., and gains long fought for in Albany are also at risk as well.
Just two years ago, African-Americans of every political stripe celebrated the election of the first Black president, and analysts are saying that white voter anger over his ambitious agenda has resulted in an unprecedented backlash. In Washington, Democrats lost 60 seats—the largest loss of seats since Truman’s big losses in 1948. Continue reading
Elections will be held throughout the day today. Visit the Board of Elections Web site to find your poll site.
By NAYABA ARINDE
Amsterdam News Editor
Rev. Dr. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell once asked, “What’s in your hands?
Representation, referendums and rights.
Next Tuesday the nation can participate in the general election—and in theory choose the candidate who is best willing and able to satisfy the interest of the public good. It is, of course, all a matter of opinion and perspective, with hundreds of candidates, incumbents, propositions and side issues up for consideration.