A bog of corruption
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 4/11/2013 at 3:10PM

“Swamp Thing” was a 1982 sci-fi thriller by horror maven Wes Craven.  There was a horrible sequel in 1989, “Return of the Swamp Thing.” I came to miss those “Swamp” movies, but then I started covering Albany on a regular basis a few years ago, and encountered what many have described as a political swamp. [...]

Throw the bums out
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 4/03/2013 at 12:23PM

If you go through State Senator Malcolm Smith’s district in Hollis, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have a kind word to say about him.  Smith has been popular there for years, bringing home the bacon. He had made what was seemingly an abortive attempt to run for mayor, but a try on the [...]

Spring fever
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 3/28/2013 at 10:16AM

I was walking on 7th Avenue last week and noticed a baseball cap that had a vaguely familiar look to it. At first glance I thought it was a San Francisco Giants cap, but on closer examination, I noticed the insignia in orange: an interlocking Y and G.  Aha!  The Yomiuri Giants of Japan. And the [...]

The safety factor
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 3/20/2013 at 7:15PM

I got a speeding ticket the other night. I deserved it, doing 74 in a 50 mile-per-hour zone. I could argue I was on the West Side Highway around 96th Street and it was around midnight with few cars on the road. But really, there are no excuses. I wasn’t rushing anywhere. I was just [...]

Banning the bubbles
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 3/14/2013 at 11:19AM

So the soda ban has been banned. Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative has, for now, fizzled out, and most of New York is celebrating. Instinctively, people don’t want to be told what to do, especially when it comes to food. But there are two sides to this case. The judge in this case, Milton Tingling of the [...]

Bring on spring
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 3/07/2013 at 5:28PM

Winter may be on its last legs, but like an aging boxer with something still left in that old right hook, it can pack a punch. And we have to keep our guard up a few more weeks before we are out of the woods. But what will spring bring? We’re told city beaches will [...]

Falling skies
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 2/22/2013 at 1:06PM

Chicken Little has finally been proven correct. The sky is really falling! A meteor landed in the Russian city Chelyabinsk, and in the age of “record everything,” there were plenty of different camera angles, all designed to terrify. Experts say meteorites, as they are called when they enter the earth’s atmosphere, hit the planet all the time, but usually not in populated areas. More [...]

What a show
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 2/06/2013 at 11:53AM

Until I sat down to write this column, I’d forgotten how long I’d known Ed Koch. “Known” is a funny word.  Of course everybody “knew” Ed Koch.  But I first worked with him more than 25 years ago, when he was still Mayor, and I was a producer at WMCA radio.  Koch would come in [...]

Don’t hold your breath
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 1/28/2013 at 10:02AM

I did not attend the inauguration this year, the first one I’ve missed since 1996. But much like a football game, I find you see a lot more watching it on TV. It’s funny to see politicians on the Capitol steps, schmoozing and pretending to like each other. And, really, how can you top 2009, [...]

A boardwalk without boards
Wild World of Politics Dick Brennan 1/17/2013 at 2:55PM

The Rockaway boardwalk was shredded by Sandy. The damage between 110 Street and Beach 88th Street was overwhelming. I was stunned to stand at Beach 99th Street across from the St. Camilus school gym. For the past five years I’ve participated in a February “polar plunge” there to raise money for cystic fibrosis. But the [...]