Ed Koch, Three-Term Mayor,
Reflected New York's Spirit
And Captured Its Affection
Henry J. Stern is the founder and president of New York Civic.
Monday, March 11th, 2013

Mayor Koch left us last month at the age of 88 after a long and productive life. He served twelve years (1978 – 1989) as the 105th Mayor of the City of New York, bringing the city from the brink of bankruptcy to fiscal stability. During his tenure New York reversed a significant population decline since the 1970s, when hundreds of thousands of people fled the persistently increasing crime rate and deficit financing. After falling more than ten percent in that decade, the city’s population made a turn-around in the 1980s that has continued since.

Ed Koch first came to public attention in the early 1960s, during three races against Carmine DeSapio for the unpaid position of Democratic District Leader in Greenwich Village. DeSapio was at the time the most powerful Democrat in New York State. He exercised great influence over the selection of personnel in city government and the decisions they made in contested cases of the awarding of city contracts for goods and services and the appointment and reappointment of judges law secretaries and other judicial officers.

Edward C. Sullivan served in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002.
Monday, February 25th, 2013

As we and other local media begin to focus sharply on this November’s municipal elections, New York Civic will bring you opinions and observations about various aspects of the election process. Contributors, including scholars, legislators and researchers, will offer essays and research material for further analysis and discussion by our readers.

The first of these articles comes from one of our regular contributors, former state Assemblyman, Edward C. Sullivan. Here, he explains the significance of primary voters in New York City, the importance campaigns place on this group and the influence they have on candidates and incumbent officeholders.

"Cash & Carry Larry" Seabrook,
An Elected Official for 27 Years,
Will Spend the Next Five in Jail
Henry J. Stern is the founder and president of New York Civic.
Thursday, January 17th, 2013


New York Civic is now in its eleventh year of publishing articles about government and politics in New York City and New York State. The first one we wrote was on March 21, 2002, “A Money Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” which dealt with former councilmember and Brooklyn Democratic leader, Clarence Norman.

Today's article is No. 823. There has been a hiatus in the last few months as we and the American public were appropriately preoccupied by the terrible catastrophes of hurricanes and massacres. Those awful events are now receiving the full attention of national and state authorities. Momentum, for the nonce, is on the side of common decency and respect for human life. This enables us to return to the familiar but insistently aggravating themes of municipal corruption and incompetence.

In this case, the news is the sentencing of former City Councilmember Larry Seabrook to five years in prison and restitution of $620,000 to New York City for money he fraudulently received through anti-poverty groups he controlled.

Edward C. Sullivan served in the New York State Assembly from 1977 to 2002.
Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Former New York State Assemblyman Edward C Sullivan grew up in New England before migrating to New York City in 1957. Two years earlier he was in Hartford, Connecticut with family when a natural disaster struck. In the following weeks he was able to witness the response of a dedicated government official which helped instill in him the desire to serve the public and emulate the compassionate leadership he saw during that period.


Watching Governors Christie, Cuomo and Malloy, and Mayor Bloomberg, struggle with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy recalls for me a time 57 years ago, 1955, when twin hurricanes hit the northeastern United States, especially Connecticut, and Governor Abraham Ribicoff was the man of the moment.

2012 Was a Year of Trials
We Hope for a Better 2013
Henry J. Stern is the founder and president of New York Civic.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

As the year 2012 limps to a soggy close, we look back at what has occurred during our most recent circuit of the sun.

The most important event of the year, however was not man made, unless you believe the people who say the changing climate is the result of our failed stewardship of the planet.

It is true that we have plundered the earth by extracting its valuables, polluting its skies and oceans, and destroying protective layers of the stratosphere. But we are not ready to believe that any calamity that society faces is the result of human greed.

This thought recurs to me: What did our ancestors do to bring about the Ice Age and then to cause it to depart, a process which continues today?

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