Dan Janison has been a reporter at Newsday since 1997.
From village halls to the White House, the rhetoric has a similar ring. At a time when level, or even rising, taxes buy the public reduced services, it is rare to hear re-election-minded public executives limit their boasts to their having worked to contain fiscal damage.
"There's a lot of special interests," Mangano said last week in a 90-minute interview with Newsday editors and reporters, where he said he "absolutely" intends to seek re-election in 2013. Mangano said for every change he's pushed through, he confronted "a well-funded vocal advocate that helps fund a message against us, and helps fund elected officials to speak against the message."
By Mangano's account, those advocates include public-employee unions that looked askance at his dropping MTA bus service for the private Veolia Transportation, at turning over inmate medical care to Armored Correctional Health Services, and at exploring private management of sewage treatment.
Any of these special interests nonlabor? Mangano thought a moment, and said the unions have been the "most vocal." At spokesmanBrian Nevin's suggestion, he added to the list tax certiorari lawyers resistant to recent assessment changes. "You think police get mad at you. What about a bunch of attorneys?" Mangano said. "Oh, my goodness!"
NYC CENTURY:While Mangano is planning to seek another four-year term next year, MayorMichael Bloombergis due (again) to step down because of term limits in New York City, where the Democratic primary race takes on added significance after 20 years of governance by GOP-backed incumbents.
Regardless of administrations, change in the city can be a relative term.
Picture this: rowdy demonstrations in lower Manhattan, debate over police surveillance of an ethnic community, noise and noise complaints, a mayor stuck out of town during a blizzard, tension over wealth disparity, funerals for American soldiers killed in a foreign war, debate over the nation's overseas entanglements.
All are themes of a new book by Thai Jones titled "More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York's Year of Anarchy" -- focused on the city not today but in 1914.