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About SquarePegDem

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.

Giving thanks: presidents from Washington to Obama | NY Post

By Post Editorial Board November 23, 2016 | 7:18pm The first Thanksgiving in the New World was celebrated in 1621, nearly a year after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1789, George Washington became the … Continue reading

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Bill de Blasio’s Budget Blues | NY Post

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The Poughkeepsie Journal: Cahill, Hayes cite ethics reform as key concern

From The Poughkeepsie Journal: "The most important thing is getting back to Albany to restore the public’s faith and trust in operation of government," [10-term incumbent Kevin] Cahill said. "Expanding ethics law, expanding campaign finance laws, and insisting on stricter … Continue reading

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Kingston Assemblyman Cahill Acknowledges Double Billing | TIMES HERALD-RECORD

Assemblyman Cahill acknowledges double payments Posted Oct 27, 2016 at 7:56 PM Updated Oct 27, 2016 at 8:09 PM By Paul Brooks Times Herald-Record KINGSTON — Assemblyman Kevin Cahill collected personal reimbursements from the state for travel expenses he had … Continue reading

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Elections official subpoenaed after his claims of voter fraud | NY Post

Elections official subpoenaed after his claims of voter fraud By Yoav Gonen and Carl Campanile October 25, 2016 | 4:39pm State investigators have questioned the Manhattan Democratic representative on the city’s Board of Elections, who was caught on a secret … Continue reading

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Cuomo crony negotiating possible plea deal in bribery case | NY Post

Cuomo crony negotiating possible plea deal in bribery case By Bruce Golding and Priscilla DeGregory October 25, 2016 | 3:07pm | Updated A former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is negotiating a possible plea deal in his bribery and … Continue reading

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Bharara celebrates anniversary of Malcolm Smith arrest | NY Post

"Putting dirty politicians in prison may be necessary but it is not sufficient. Still true." –Preet Bharara, US Attorney Southern District of New York. [April 2, 2016] http://nypost.com/2016/04/02/bharara-celebrates-anniversary-of-malcolm-smith-arrest/ Michael Benjamin @SquarePegDem 862-232-4085 From my Samsung S6

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Malcolm Smith still doesn’t think he deserves jail time | NY Post

Malcolm Smith still doesn’t think he deserves jail time By Lia Eustachewich October 6, 2016 Ex-state Sen. Malcolm Smith is the latest crooked politician to appeal his conviction in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling tied to public-corruption cases. … Continue reading

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The left’s latest censorship trick targets YouTube | NY Post

New York Post OPINION EDITORIAL The left’s latest censorship trick targets YouTube It looks like the lefty speech fascists have a new trick: Flag right-of-center YouTube videos as “potentially objectionable” to keep eyes off them. The latest victim is Christina … Continue reading

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De Blasio demands resignation of elections official who blasted ID program | NY Post

De Blasio demands resignation of elections official who blasted ID program | NYPost.com Mayor de Blasio on Friday demanded the resignation of a Board of Elections commissioner who said in an undercover video that the city’s municipal ID program is … Continue reading

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