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Politics Aside: Koo jumps to Democrat Party
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Robert Hornak 1/26/2012 at 10:55AM

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 [...]

Politics Aside: The city that doesn’t work
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Robert Hornak 1/17/2012 at 3:34PM

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, [...]

Let’s set the record straight
Letters Letters 1/05/2012 at 5:45PM

Robert Hornak demonstrates, in his “Politics Aside” column of December 29, 2011, his lack of knowledge of both history and of the consequences of “fracking,” all the while making a blatant and undeserved attack on those opposed to the practice of the latter. While misusing a quote, i.e.: “We have nothing to fear but fear [...]

Politics Aside: The lie of the temporary tax increase
Opinion Robert Hornak 12/21/2011 at 9:33AM

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 [...]

Politics Aside: Watch the falling dominos
Opinion Robert Hornak 12/13/2011 at 3:58PM

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 [...]

Politics Aside: Can New York City’s Titanic pension system be saved?
Opinion Robert Hornak 11/02/2011 at 11:18AM

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 [...]