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Opinion: The fight for absentee ballots on the quest for democracy

Over three months ago, I wrote that New York’s ballot access laws were the hardest in the nation and a threat to our democracy. Since then, I became the first incumbent in anyone’s memory in Brooklyn to be knocked off the ballot without even facing an opponent. It’s still not clear whether I will be re-appointed to fill my own vacancy. The guys who knocked me off the ballot (one was a district leader) were very badly repudiated on primary election day two weeks ago. When my personal…

Opinion: Local, regional and national governance has failed us

The very worst part of the pandemic in New York state appears to be past, and parts of upstate are beginning to slowly reopen. New York has recorded more than 20,000 deaths from coronavirus, the most of any sub-national region on the planet. We appear to have had nearly as many deaths as Italy or Spain, the previous epicenters which each have substantially more than double our population. Over 80,000 Americans have died and that number will keep…