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Ross M. Wallenstein is a political and communications professional with over a decade of experience in New York and Washington, DC.  He was the manager for Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz’s successful special election campaign in 2011.  Previously, he served as an aide to Governor Eliot Spitzer, Governor David Paterson and Queens Congressman Gary Ackerman.  In 2007, City Hall News named him a rising star in New York City politics.


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An ode to a Queens Legend
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 3/16/2012 at 12:23AM

I worked for Rep. Gary Ackerman – who announced his retirement last night after 29 years in Congress – for 4 years, 1 month and 13 days.  Yet, I was (almost) as surprised as anyone by his announcement. In the last few weeks, he made no indication that he would be stepping down.  In fact, [...]

Will a Republican primary fight help the Republican nominee?
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 1/26/2012 at 9:43AM

In 2008, the democratic nomination was not decided until early June.  Yet the ultimate democratic candidate, Barack Obama, became our 44th president.  With this year’s first three Republican contests won by different people, it begs the question: would the Republican candidate do better this November if the nomination is not decided soon? Usually, a long [...]

1912 Redux?
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 1/09/2012 at 9:36AM

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the most successful third party candidate in American history.  In 1912, disappointed with four years of William Howard Taft’s administration, former President (and native New Yorker) Theodore Roosevelt challenged his handpicked successor for the Republican nomination. After he failed to take it away from Taft at the party’s [...]

Is it 1994 again?
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 12/14/2011 at 8:59AM

We have a young, progressive President in the White House, a guy named Newt trying to shake up Washington, and a moderate republican running for US Senate in Massachusetts.  Is this 1994? No, it’s 2011.  This time around the President is Barack Obama, Gingrich is running for next year’s republican presidential nomination, and the moderate [...]

Could social media win a campaign?
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 11/16/2011 at 10:29AM

Would it be possible for candidates to rely on social media alone?  Does social media have the ability to propel candidates into public consciousness enough to be elected to local, statewide or even national office? Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University wrote in Sunday’s New York Times, that “a new generation [...]

A look back on Election Day.
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 11/09/2011 at 9:48AM

Yes, voters around the country went to the polls yesterday in this off—off—off  year election.  Here in Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown was overwhelmingly elected to a sixth term.  Running unopposed, Ruben Wills was elected (again) to fill the remainder of the Council seat of the late Thomas White.  Clearly there were no surprises here. [...]

The Political Implications of Occupy Wall Street
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 11/04/2011 at 9:26AM

I don’t believe that sleeping in a park for six weeks straight equals a protest. That aside, I do understand the anger and frustration of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I hope it leads to a broader discussion during next year’s presidential election. The likely republican nominee, Mitt Romney, has a different outlook on fiscal [...]

I hate boring elections
Politics Ross M. Wallenstein 10/26/2011 at 12:06PM

2011 should have been a very boring year.  As it turned out, with the resignation of Anthony Weiner and some state assembly members, it was not intolerable. (Disclosure: I was the campaign manager for Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz’s election to replace Nettie Mayersohn.) But 2012 promises not to be boring.  Next year is going to be [...]