COMBATANT CANDIDATES MAKE IT INTERESTING

“In guv race, dumber, uglier talk “, Newsday, September 26, 2010 It happened at week’s end. Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino actually agreed on something. The two main candidates for governor cut through their mutual animosity long enough to back Gov. David Paterson’s state-worker layoff plan. Please, don’t get used to all this comity. The two…

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POLLS PUSH CUOMO TO POUNCE

“Andrew attacks”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, September 24, 2010  Nothing focuses a front-runner’s mind like a suddenly tightening poll. A day after Carl Paladino snuck within six points of Andrew Cuomo in the Quinnipiac survey of the governor’s race, the Democratic attorney general leapt immediately onto the attack. His first shot? A negative TV ad…

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TREES 3D: DAMAGING, DESTRUCTIVE, DEADLY

“Henican:Trees weapons of mass destruction?” , Newsday, September 19, 2010 The thunder and the lightning deliver all the drama. But it’s the trees that change peoples’ lives. We learned that again on Thursday as a freak storm blew across Queens and Long Island, leaving fallen trees everywhere. No, we’re never more than a downed tree away…

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THE IDIOCY OF THE ‘CRAZY CARL’ CANDIDACY

“The ‘Crazy Carl factor”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, September 17, 2010  The “degenerative idiot” is backing the “racist, homophobic…misogynist.” That’s what passes for bipartisanship in this year’s governor’s race. Party hardly matters anymore. Since Buffalo rich guy Carl Paladino came out to play, everybody’s been trashing everybody else. “Degenerative idiot” is the charming phrase former…

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REMEMBERING 9/11: WE CAN DO BETTER

“Anniversary now an insincere publicity circus”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, September 10, 2010  I’ve begun to dread these 9/11 anniversaries. Do they really have to come every year? It isn’t just the innocence that was lost that day. That will never be recaptured. It isn’t even the lives that were lost. We have far better…

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EXAGGERATED EARL IS ANOTHER FALSE ALARM

“Hyping storms is really risky business” , Newsday, September 5, 2010 This danger, of course, is getting too complacent. No, not from the holiday. Complacency is what these three-day weekends are about — especially this one, heralding, as it does, the de-facto end of summer, even with all this rain. The danger comes from Exaggerated Earl,…

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LIRR FIRST COMMAND: DON’T CATCH FIRE

“LIRR’s command upgrade will make ‘rail’ difference” , Newsday, August 29, 2010  How ’bout this for Command No. 1 at the LIRR’s new state-of-the-art Command and Control Center? Don’t. Catch. Fire. Unplanned conflagrations like the one that knocked out a 1913 switching room at Jamaica station can be truly catastrophic. Nearly a week after Monday’s cable…

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EMPLOYMENT UP—BUT LIVING-WAGE JOBS STILL SCARCE

“Jobs are coming back ” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 23, 2010  It’s the perfect good-news/bad-news story for today’s recessionary times. The jobs are coming back to Long Island – just not the paychecks. For the fourth straight month, private-sector employment is up on Long Island from twelve months earlier – 8,600 new jobs this time.…

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WHAT MAKES GROUND SACRED?

“Sacred Ground: Who Decides?”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, August 20, 2010  One day – not too soon, I hope – I will die. And when that tragic moment arrives, those who love me will be saddened. Then a nice person in rubber gloves will come along and squirt 409 spray on my desk. An hour…

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HELICOPTORS DROWN OUT SOUNDS OF SUMMER

“Henican: Holding pattern on E. Hampton copter flight plans” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 7, 2010  It’s as key to Hamptons-weekend extravagance as Diva vodka martinis and Lamborghini golf carts: The Friday-afternoon helicopter ride east. Wasting half the cocktail hour in LIE backups? Getting stuck on Route 27 behind a pokey landscaper’s truck? Only a schlub…

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