Archive for August, 2005

5th August
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, August 5, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The demonstration on Monday of a reported 80 teenagers in front of City Hall protesting the presence of the police in city schools is part of a campaign to thwart the centerpiece of Mayor Bloomberg’s program to restore order in the city’s most dangerous schools. I predict that by this time next year there will be far more protesters available to the adults behind these demonstrations who shamelessly exploit children to further their own radical political goals.

Even as the students protest the policies of the Department of Education, the department is giving their adult handlers control over a new high school that will open next month, the Bronx Leadership Institute. Some 120 pupils will begin class in September to undergo training — perhaps brainwashing is a better word — to protest the “establishment.”That means you, Mr. Bloomberg. (more…)

4th August
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, August 4, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The former Bronx borough president, Fernando Ferrer, has released his first commercial, an innocuous 30-second biographical piece run on cable and Spanish-language TV in a very limited buy. The spot is designed more for the press than for the public. By becoming the first Democrat to hit the airwaves, Mr. Ferrer’s handlers hope to get buzz going. Since I’m writing about it, as is every other political observer here in Gotham, there must be something to that strategy.

Interestingly, Mr. Ferrer’s new slogan is “Fernando Ferrer: for all of us, for a change.” What does this mean? Is Mr. Ferrer suggesting that Mayor Bloomberg — who,if nothing else,is annoyingly inclusive — is not the mayor of some group? Who is us? Is it everyone? Is it the poor? Minorities? Puerto Rican New Yorkers?
Or does he mean that this time HE intends to be the mayor of all of us, a departure from the Sharpton-inspired “two cities” theme he pursued four years ago?
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3rd August
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, August 3, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Comptroller William Thompson, who has no small interest in this year’s election, although he has no opposition himself, has cast his lot with the former Bronx president, Fernando Ferrer.With friends like this, Mr. Ferrer need not worry about enemies. Mr. Thompson is being a good soldier. But his eye is on 2009.
Here’s what Mr. Thompson really wants to see happen. He certainly wants Mr. Ferrer to win the primary outright, and not face a runoff against C.Virginia Fields.If there is a runoff between Mr. Ferrer and the Manhattan borough president, it puts Mr. Thompson in the uncomfortable position of not backing what would seem to be the viable candidacy of a legitimate black hopeful.
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2nd August
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, August 2, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

The remarkable story about a large sum of money lent to the liberal Air America radio network by a Bronx nonprofit group, largely financed by government grants to provide services to poor children, has those on the right celebrating the embarrassing situation Air America finds itself in.

The city’s Department of Investigation is examining the channeling of the money to the liberal network, and the network’s current management has been less than forthcoming in explaining the bizarre transaction.
Beyond this national story, the affair has put back in the news the name of Charles Rosen, the executive director of the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, who resigned after news of the loans began circulating.
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