Richard Brodsky

American politician Richard Brodsky

Richard Brodsky is an American politician who represented District 92 in the New York State Assembly, which includes the towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant, the villages of Ardsley, Elmsford, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington, Tarrytown, as well as parts of Briarcliff and Yonkers, among other communities located in Westchester County, New York.
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1946

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Public Pension Issue Poses Liability Worries
Huffington Post - about 5 years
ALBANY, N.Y. -- As a lobbyist in New York's statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk: Even though he's not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension. He's among hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states who get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, an Associated Press review found. Legislatures granted them access decades ago on the premise that they serve governments and the public. In many cases, such access also includes state health care benefits. But several states have started to question whether these organizations should qualify for such benefits, since they are private entities in most respects: They face no public oversight of their activities, can pay their top executives private-sector salaries and sometimes lobby for positions i...
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Richard Brodsky: In New York: Spitzer Returns
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Eliot Spitzer's sudden political re-emergence, as a candidate for Comptroller of New York City, is an exercise in redemption, or farce. Take your pick. American voters are generally a forgiving bunch. Apparently, it's possible to fall flat on your face, dust yourself off, and re-enter electoral politics. Ask Mark Sanford or Anthony Weiner. Sanford is a hard-right Tea Party Republican who sought personal forgiveness and a Republican Congressional seat in South Carolina. He publicly prostrated himself for forbidden liaisons and won the primary and general elections. Weiner is a hard-driving liberal Democrat from Brooklyn who has surged to the lead of the primary race for mayor of New York City after embarrassing himself and his high-profile wife with bizarre internet postings. But not everybody qualifies. Forgiveness seems reserved for those whose peccadilloes are personal, and, well, personal. There's little willingness to forgive a thief, especially when public f...
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Richard Brodsky: The American Path to Citizenship: Mass Statelessness in America
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
All over the world there is turmoil about how nations turn immigrants into citizens. The debates lay bare distressing truths about racial and cultural divides. Read More... More on Latino Politics
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Richard Brodsky: Anti-Nazis Come to Washington
The Huffington Post - over 5 years
Globally, World Without Nazism has identified more than 1,000 resurgent Nazi movements. While the U.S. has not been immune from outbreaks of terrifying right-wing violence, the real action is in Europe. There needs to be a carefully considered American response. Read More...
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Richard Brodsky: Nazis? Again? Really?
Huffington Post - over 5 years
In America, the Greatest Generation ages and the number of witnesses to the struggle, horror, and bravery of World War II dwindle down. Behind them they leave an untarnished legacy of the fight against Nazism, and personal bravery and sacrifice in the name of human brotherhood. Elsewhere, Nazi movements are re-born. On March 16, in Riga, Latvia, I will join other Americans and Europeans to witness an annual march and wreath-laying to honor the Latvians who served in the Waffen-SS, including numbers of men who participated in the murder of Jews and others massacred by the German killing machine. It is a breathtaking symbol of the resurgence of Nazi movements across the world, and a moment to reflect on our moral and political condition. From Greece to Russia to India to Hungary to Moldova and the Ukraine, and in North America, there are active political organizations and mass sympathies for Nazi and neo-Nazi groups. They flow from traditional wellsprings, anti-immigra...
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Richard Brodsky: How Obama Can Win -- or Lose
Huffington Post - over 5 years
There's been a refreshing change in the content of public conversation over the past year or so. For literally decades, the unchallenged truth was that taxes were too high, debt was too high and cutting of government spending and taxes were required for the nation to prosper. Austerity, austerity, austerity. While this is the historic mantra of the Right, from the days of McKinley and Hoover on to Reagan, Democrats were unable to find a counter, and eventually joined in. It was, after all, Bill Clinton who announced "The era of big government is over" and it was Obama who proudly announced "Last year, I worked with Democrats and Republicans to cut a trillion dollars worth of spending." But the conversation changed, thank goodness. First, Occupy Wall Street crystallized a national discontent with the increasing wealth gap between the 1% and the 99%, and second, when Obama found ways to expound on that theme, with the unintentional help of Mitt Romney. There's now a r...
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Richard Brodsky: Thank You, Occupy Wall Street
Huffington Post - over 5 years
The end of 2012 brought, for most progressives, a profound sense of relief. Imagine a last week in December as President-elect Romney finishes off his Cabinet by naming Rick Santorum Secretary of Health and Human Services. Things could have been a hell of a lot worse. There's a whole list of people to be thanked. Obama's political skills really mattered. Rank-and-file Americans stood up to a barrage of lies. Rank-and-file Americans stood up to the most shameful events of the year -- intentional efforts to suppress their vote. Various politicians did the right thing when the going was tough. Millions of people volunteered to walk, call, canvas, speak, write and otherwise engage in politics. Lincoln made real politics seem legitimate. But much of that, important as it was, was the veneer on a more basic dynamic. Only a year ago the Tea Party was ascendant, and austerity and tax cuts for the rich were the unchallenged dogma dominating the national conversation. Only when ...
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Richard Brodsky: Nazism Resurgent: What Would Churchill Do?
Huffington Post - almost 6 years
For the last two years I've been involved in the creation of an organization called World Without Nazism. It's the brainchild of a Russian Senator, a smart and experienced oligarch named Boris Spiegel. It's a response to an observable outbreak in Nazi movements and rhetoric across Europe. Not made-for-TV Nazis. The real deal, old unreconstructed Nazis and new, slick modern versions. In Greece there's Golden Dawn, using the economic downturn and immigration fears to become the fifth-largest party in the Greek parliament, and using street tactics reminiscent of Brownshirts. In the Baltic states there are parliamentary and government officials trying to give state pensions to surviving members of the Waffen-SS. Within Russia, Ukraine, Moldova there are voices and political parties raising familiar complaints about ethnic minorities within their borders, and in neighboring nations. In Norway, there is mass murder in the name of extreme right-wing politics. Last month, ...
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Richard Brodsky: Chicago Teachers Strike: Obama and Romney Try to Sort It Out
Huffington Post - about 6 years
The seemingly out-of-the-blue Chicago teachers strike is deeply complicated, very important, and a potential political game-changer. To the extent right or wrong matters it's almost impossible to tell. The bargaining positions of the two sides aren't clear. Are the teachers paid enough? (They average $71,000). Do they work enough hours? (Mayor Emanuel proposed longer school days.) How should each teacher be evaluated? What's happened to test scores? Can incompetent teachers be removed? Are principals and superintendents doing the right kind of job? Every question about American education and the presidential race is part of the strike. If we've learned anything in the ongoing debate about education policy it's that there is no agreement among the experts or the public about any of these questions. And political ideology has emerged as a defining lens through which the debate is focused. The conservative (largely but not entirely led by Republicans) attack on unions w...
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Richard Brodsky: Missing in Charlotte: Occupy Wall Street Ignored
Huffington Post - about 6 years
It was certainly an upbeat, warm and effective first night of the Democratic Convention. If the next two are as smartly done, and if any of America's 12 undecided voters are tuning in, the Democrats are helping themselves, a lot. The buzzwords and constituency touches were carefully and thoroughly done. The Identity Interests were welcomed, mentioned and thanked. Gay, female, Jewish, Latino, black, veterans, small business, youth, seniors -- the list goes on. Yet one special constituency was carefully omitted: Occupy Wall Street. None of what happened last night would have been credible had the movement not begun last year. Cast your mind back a mere eighteen months. The reigning political narrative was debt reduction and reduced government spending. Put aside whether it was good economics or bad. There really was no competing worldview that easily explained out situation. Obama and progressives were badly on the defensive, with no real counter explanation or p...
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Richard Brodsky: Cuomo, Pot and Obama: Progractionary II
Huffington Post - over 6 years
Quick, what connects the Wisconsin recall election and marijuana? Well, the answer may be... Andrew Cuomo. The two issues popped up at the same time when Scott Walker and the corporate right turned back a spirited electoral challenge and Andrew Cuomo came out for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of pot in public view.* Cuomo's decision came as scrutiny increased on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policies which have seen an enormous jump in police stopping and frisking folks on public streets without any assertion of cause to arrest them or reasonably suspect them of a crime. Whatever actual law enforcement action ensued usually was based on the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and the the people stopped were very disproportionately black and hispanic. It has been an increasing sore point with communities of color, civil libertarians, and the occasional conventional citizen who gets caught up in a police controversy (see judge). It is an issue dear to ...
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Richard Brodsky: Exit Jackzo: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Free Fall
Huffington Post - over 6 years
The resignation of NRC Chairman Gregory Jackzo puts the issue of nuclear safety smack on the middle of Obama's desk, and then into the presidential race. That's a good thing.  The NRC is not doing the job that the law and common sense require it to do.  It is a captive of the nuclear industry, operates in secret and without due regard for the public health and safety. The NRC's relationship to the nuclear industry today is just what the SEC's relationship was to Wall Street four years ago.  We are skating on very thin ice.  The nomination of a new chairman, with the public debate that will follow is the best way to get it pointed in the right direction. Full disclosure:  I've been active for many years in the efforts to close Indian Point, because it's dangerous in design and operation, and within 50 miles of 22 million people, unlike any other American reactor.  Those efforts have included litigation to force IP to stop taking three billion gallons of water a day from the...
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59 Years Young, HIV+ Brain Cancer Survivor Will Be Running Long Island Marathon on May 6
Pre-Canada.net - over 6 years
Richard Brodsky was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1997. In 2002 he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and given 2 - 4 years to live. Brodsky's goal is to run his fastest marathon time for his 4th straight time. Brodsky's last 3 marathons have been his fastest marathons since being diagnosed with cancer. On October 15, 2011 and January 29, 2012, Brodsky was invited by ING to participate in the Hartford and Miami Marathons. His Hartford time was 04:27:14 and his Miami time was 04:27:02; we are talking gun time as opposed to when...
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Richard Brodsky: Jeremy Lin for President II: "Lin-oleum," "Lin-oleum"
Huffington Post - over 6 years
In spite of the above, the Lin story is both important and uplifting. <a class="fplink fp-509687" href="/Jeremy+Lin+1">Jeremy Lin</a> has reminded us, without intent to do so, the beauty and importance of sport.
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Richard Brodsky: Jeremy Lin: The Dream Candidate for the Republicans
Huffington Post Sports - over 6 years
Imagining candidate Lin is an exercise worth doing if only because it illuminates the paucity of leadership and ideas in the Republican Party.
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Richard Brodsky: Santorum and Romney: What's That About?
The Huffington Post - over 6 years
Here's where Rick has the advantage over Mitt.
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