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January, 2016
Shades of 1962 and 1972 in 2016

Shades of 1962 and 1972 in 2016

Somehow, every time I think about this year’s presidential elections I cannot help invoking the names of Goldwater and McGovern.

Each of those individuals had a dramatic impact on the future of the Republican and Democratic parties. When their campaigns imploded, it took both political parties many years to recover.

Senator Barry Goldwater (R-Arizona) was the darling of the conservative wing of the party. He was charismatic and did not hold back on any issues, at any time.

During those years, the right wing of the Republican Party had taken control of the machinery and steered the nomination to Goldwater.

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Private Colleges Council Elects Kremer as its Chairman

Private Colleges Council Elects Kremer as its Chairman

Hofstra University Trustee Arthur “Jerry” Kremer has been elected as Chair of the Council of Governing Boards (CGB), representing 3,000 trustees of the more than 100 private colleges in New York state.  Mr. Kremer is a former Chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and is currently President of Empire Government Strategies of Uniondale, N.Y.  He is the first Hofstra trustee to be elected as Chair since the founding of the CGB in 1976 and has served on the Hofstra Board for the past 25 years.

“I am honored to be singled out for this position and proud to be a spokesperson for the private college trustees of New York State,” said Kremer.

About the CGB

The Council of Governing Boards (CGB) is the Trustee organization of New York’s independent colleges and universities, representing the interests of the approximate 3,000 Trustees of those institutions.  CGB’s Board of Directors draws from those campus Trustee ranks to produce a representative sampling of the more than 100 Independent Sector institutions of higher education in New York State. CGB’s sister organization, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), represents the interests of the campus chief executive officers of the Independent Sector of higher education in New York State. CGB’s Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary serve as Public Trustee members of the cIcu Board of Trustees.

2016 State of the State Address

2016 State of the State Address

Former New York State Assemblyman, Jerry Kremer visited Albany for Governor Cuomo’s sixth State of the State speech on January 13, 2016.   He took time to connect with old friends, including former Assembly colleague and current New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Our state legislators don’t get a fair shake

Our state legislators don’t get a fair shake

The people of America are in a bad mood, and it’s hard to understand why. Unemployment is the lowest it’s been in years. Oil prices have hit rock bottom, and you can fill up your car for $25. New cars are selling at the fastest pace in 40 years. Lots of good things are happening, but somehow nobody is singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

The bulk of the public’s scorn is being directed at the politicians. People like U.S. Rep. Steve Israel decide to retire because they’re sick of asking for money or because Congress has more than its share of ugly people who just plain hate everyone and everything. Politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz keep talking like America is a third-world country that needs to bomb everyone into oblivion so that we can feel good again.

Donald Trump is going to make America great by deporting 12 million men, women and children, treating all Muslims like terrorists, vilifying Mexicans, making fun of Jewish businessmen, bullying disabled media people and declaring that anyone who disagrees with him is a “loser.” The pope can apologize for the misdeeds of the Catholic Church, but Trump is incapable of ever saying he’s sorry.

Once upon a time, when you talked about the president of the United States, people who disagree would say, “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my president and I respect the office.” Now they drop the niceties and spew hatred and viciousness because Donald Trump says you don’t have to be politically correct anymore.

When the media writes about Albany, good-government groups and the holier-than-thou clique portray elected officials as wasteful, uncaring and busy stuffing their pockets with cash. I have no respect for most of the crowd in the Washington establishment, but I must rise in defense of the members of the New York State Legislature.

I’m a former member of the Assembly, having served for 23 years. I am biased only to the extent that I want the Legislature to be respected for what it does, and compared with Washington, it does a lot on a bipartisan basis. Looking back over the past few years, among the items legislators have acted on were full-day kindergarten, marriage equality, record amounts of school aid, some modest gun-control laws and a variety of others.

 

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Gov. Cuomo’s bold development plan

Gov. Cuomo’s bold development plan

This past week the ghost of Robert Moses was revived by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in an appearance before the Long Island Association.

If you are too young to remember who Robert Moses is then I suggest you read “The Power Broker” by Robert Caro. If you are too busy to read then I will mention a few of the projects completed by the late Mr. Moses.

Once upon a time, it was possible to build a road or a bridge and get it done over the objection of a small handful of people.

Robert Moses is responsible for the Long Island Expressway, the Northern and Southern State parkways; the Tri-Boro Bridge, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and at least 10 other successes that I don’t remember.

Moses dared to be a master builder and had the backing of most of the important people in New York State, which helps a lot when you are building something.

Moses was not Mr. Nice Guy.

 

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