Author Archives: Robert Hornak

Queens GOP Endorse Councilmember Dan Halloran in Race to Fill Open 6th Congressional District


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The Queens GOP leadership made a bold move Saturday at their March Executive Committee meeting by endorsing City Councilmember Dan Halloran to run in the newly created 6th Congressional District. Party leaders strongly felt that with this unique opportunity Halloran was the best candidate to win this seat for the Republican Party, and Halloran graciously accepted […]

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Politics Aside: Koo jumps to Democrat Party


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Republican City Councilmember Peter Koo rang in the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, by becoming Democrat City Councilmember Peter Koo. This might seem very appropriate as Dragons are said to be highly ambitious, driven and unafraid to take risks. That is good, because this just may be the biggest gamble of Koo’s […]

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Politics Aside: The city that doesn’t work


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No sooner was it announced than we were told it was dead on arrival. Well, announced isn’t really the way to describe it; leaked would be better. Last week it came out that the official Office of the All-Intrusive Nanny State, otherwise known as the Department of Health’s Partnership for a Healthier New York City, […]

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Politics Aside: Are NYC’s gun laws unconstitutional?


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After years of complaints by all but the most ardent anti-gun activists, New York City’s insanely strict gun laws are finally being exposed for the unconstitutional mess they are after two separate incidents in December in which tourists, with all the proper permits from their home states, were arrested for possessing firearms. In the first […]

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Politics Aside: The lie of the temporary tax increase


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When is a temporary measure, even with a set expiration date, not temporary? When it’s initiated by government, of course. How many times have we been confronted with the supposed risk of major calamity due to state and local government budget shortfalls? How many times were these supposed impending disasters staved off by “temporary” tax […]

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Politics Aside: Watch the falling dominos


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Watching one of those world-record setting domino falls, where the pieces go off in all different directions and patterns, is like watching politically connected indictments in Queens these days. As the dominos fall, they get closer and closer to knocking down more elected officials. A few weeks back this column wrote about the Kool-aid many […]

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Bloomberg’s math adds up


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently made a comment that caused the education world to lose their collective minds. He suggested that the 1.1 million kids in New York City schools would be better served if we eliminated half of the 80,000 teachers currently on the payroll, and doubled the pay of the remaining teaching force. Not […]

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Politics Aside: Is it time for Liu to step down?


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As more information continues to spill out about the scandal surrounding John Liu’s fundraising practices, both in his 2009 campaign for comptroller and his current effort to run for mayor, it is becoming clear that his ability to effectively do his job is in serious jeopardy.  That would be the case for anyone in this […]

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Politics Aside: Bloomberg Disinfects Zuccotti Reign of Terror


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In the early hours on Tuesday morning, November 15, Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally directed the NYPD to clear out the squatters in Zuccotti Park, who have been holding not only the park but the entire neighborhood hostage for the last two months. And it’s about time. What began as a simple expression of frustration about […]

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Politics Aside: Can New York City’s Titanic pension system be saved?


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Comptroller John Liu are claiming to have made a deal of “historic” proportions for taxpayers by striking a deal to merge investment authority of the city’s five pension funds under the control of a single independent central management board, with full-time staff led by a newly-created Chief Investment Officer, who would […]

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Politics Aside: Time to occupy government


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While the occupation of Zuccotti Park continues, observers are still trying to figure out what the Occupy Wall Street message is. While it seems to mostly be a BYO for agendas, with people there for everything from legalize drugs to anti-war to socialist revolutionaries, there does seem to be one constant theme – their taxes […]

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Politics Aside: Time for pink slips to fly


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Nobody likes to see anyone fired; especially when times are tough and jobs are hard to find. But the fact remains that one of New York’s biggest problems is a bloated public employee force, with generous pay and benefits compared to what is found in the private sector. Governor Andrew Cuomo is approaching the end […]

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Politics Aside: Wheel of Redistricting Fortune


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Every 10 years the federal government orders a new census to be taken, and based on the shifts in population, new lines are drawn for legislative districts all across the country for federal, state and local offices. It’s one of the most basic and most important aspects of politics, and perhaps the most misunderstood and […]

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Politics Aside: Tuesday is Election Day


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If you haven’t really been paying attention, this Tuesday, September 13, is Election Day. This year these will be the only elections of consequence, which is typical for Democrats, but this year it includes Republicans as well for a change. That’s because there are no regular public elections in Queens this November. The only action […]

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Politics Aside: New York open for business?


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Governor Andrew Cuomo made an amazing announcement last week, one that should catch everyone’s attention. He is hanging up an “Open for Business” shingle for New York, hoping to retain businesses and even attract some to the Empire State. In announcing this new initiative, Cuomo said in a release, “As we continue to transform Albany’s […]

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