HI HO, HI HO, IT’S OFF TO WORK

 “Caution When Mixing Kids With Air Traffic Work,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 6, 2010   An 8-year-old boy operates a subway train. A 9-year-old girl drives the family Mitsubishi. Little brother, age 4, rides shotgun.   And now, a precocious pair of 9-year-old twins are in the Kennedy Airport control tower, clearing commercial airliners for…

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AND ON THE 7TH DAY HE QUIT

 “Paterson Election Campaign? That Was Quick”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February  27, 2010   That was quick.   After a short and exhausting campaign, Gov. David A. Paterson finally accepted what had been obvious to everyone but him: He really couldn’t run for election and also run the state. Neither had been going very smoothly.  …

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BYE, BYE, BERNIE KERIK

“FROM TOP COP TO TOP FLOP,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, February 18, 2010 I don’t know if he’s quit taking steroids — or what. But head shaven, collar loose, Bernie Kerik looked shrunk at the White Plains courthouse as he was sentenced to four years in prison for being a self-absorbed jerk. OK, that wasn’t…

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FINISHING STRONGEST TEAM AND CITY PRAY

“It’s Destiny,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 7, 2010 No team ever meant so much to a city. No city ever needed it more. I won’t try to hide my conflict of interest. I grew up in New Orleans – like all Saints fans, a long-suffering Saints fan. It was a character-building experience and not…

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SWEET RELIEF FOR SUFFERING FANS

“Who Dat in the Super Bowl,” Ellis Henican Column, amNew York, February 5, 2010 You think it’s tough being a Mets fan? Try rooting for a team where you have to wear a paper bag over your head. Things once got so desperate for us Saints fans, anonymous suffocation seemed like an reasonable alternative. I…

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ALL THAT FISCAL TALK… ANY FISCAL ACTION?

“Listen to What I Say,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 30, 2010 This whole fiscal responsibility thing can get a little dicey. Sometimes people actually hold you to what you say. Just ask Peter Schmitt. The new presiding officer of the Nassau Legislature, who swept in with County Executive Edward Mangano in November’s anti-incumbent wave,…

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HE WHO LAUGHS LAST… JAY LAUGHS LOUDEST

“Leno’s Last Laugh, “Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 17, 2010 Leno’s a flop at 10. Conan’s an “astounding failure” at 11:35. Jimmy Kimmel‘s the rudest guest in the history of late-night TV. Is it comedy? Is it drama? It’s a whole new form of late-night train wreck where all the engineers are over-coddled and overpaid.…

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HAITIANS ARE COMING UGLY DEBATE NEXT

“The Coming Refugee Debate,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, January 14, 2010 Get ready, Eastern Parkway. You too, Cambria Heights. Fire up the griot pot. The Haitians are coming to New York. As sure as Port-au-Prince is now in shambles, a huge new wave of Haitian refugees will soon be heading north. And controversy almost certainly…

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Holiday News Lull? What News Lull?

“No Rest fo Weary News,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 3, 2010 The news must be getting awfully tired. It never goes to sleep anymore. The endless drama over health care. The botched terror attack over Michigan. The daily life-or-death tug-of-war over Barack Obama. Party change in Nassau. Agent slaughter in Afghanistan. Plus all the…

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The Suozzi-Landing He’s Outta Here

Suozzi’s Farewell,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 30, 2009 He was “completely shocked” he lost. He’s unlikely to run for local or county office again, though maybe for something on the state or federal level. He’s proud to have turned “the worst-run county in America” into a government that is “much more professional and better…

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