Ed Koch, sage of the city, calls New Yorkers to kick the bums out
By: Brendan Patrick Keane | Published Monday, August 9, 2010, 2:25 AM | Updated Sunday, August 4, 2013, 1:07 AM
At the age of 85, Ed Koch is leading a state-wide campaign to "kick the bums" out and make our government work right. The New York Times tribute to him is well-worth the read and listen
He's leading a group called New York Uprising
. They focus on huge problems, and just three. They get attention by targeting politicians that resist reform. We forget politicians are supposed to fear the ire of a misled people. Ed Koch is reminding us.
Three reforms that would make New York state governance less corrupt and more fair:
1 - end gerrymandering where politicians draw election maps to "look like salamanders;" base them on the Census; and don't let the politicians have power over that
2 - establish an ethics board to make transparent the income received and clients serviced by representative politicians outside of the legislature
3- require an honest budget, end the gimmicks, and follow accountants' standards
The man that never sleeps.