Eight Questions for Carl Heastie


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Courtesy of NYS Assembly. Courtesy of NYS Assembly.

In the race to succeed New York City Speaker Sheldon Silver, the New York City delegation is starting to coalesce around Carl Heastie. Given the obvious difficulty in dislodging legislative leaders from Albany, the 47-year-old Heastie requires scrutiny now. Here are some issues I haven’t seen discussed that I would like to see aired before the February 10 Speaker election:

As chair of the Bronx Democratic Party, Heastie makes appointments to the City’s completely dysfunctional Board of Elections. The Board of Election’s problems are legion, as most New York City voters are aware. What has Heastie done to improve the Board of Elections, especially since his choice for executive director in 2010 was fired after two months on the job for ballot tampering? What will he do to improve the State Board of Elections as Speaker?

A broken Board of Elections is an especially big problem in…

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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