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Manhattan Media Mayor

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tom Allon, president/CEO of Manhattan Media, discusses his bid for mayor and how he compares to Mayor Bloomberg, another head of a New York media empire.

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Tom Allon
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Comments [17]

John from office

Barbara, you speak the truth, but your observations are the elephant in the room. No one say the truth.

Jul. 27 2011 11:07 AM
john from office

Stan, I began the day the same way, it works in binding the nation under one flag. No matter where you are from

Jul. 27 2011 11:04 AM
Barbara from Queens

Another "expert" who taught for two years at a specialty school - the reason why poor kids of color are not doing well is that education is not valued in their culture for the most part. The kids who succeed usually have working parents, routines and are kept away from running in the streets; most of the kids do not have parents who have positive educational experiences and as a consequence, that attitude is passed down. There is no literacy or cultural education at home; most of the kids don't have routines, don't do homework or study, come to school hungry and unwashed. I worked in a public school in Crown Heights for many years and was shocked that the parents had the money to rent tuxedos for a 2 hour dance in the gym but weren't able to buy their kids school supplies or teach them any manners or personal grooming. Until a candidate is able to deal with this, my vote stays with me.

Jul. 27 2011 11:02 AM
Stan from Manhattan

Mr. Allon's suggestion that kids start their school day with a song sounds like a throw back to my childhood in Ohio in the late 50s. We began our kindergarten school day pledging allegiance to the flag followed by singing "My Country Tis of Thee" or "America The Beautiful." Patriotic brainwashing during the Cold War? Maybe. But given the contentious state of our multicultural society it might not be the worst idea to remind everyone that we are all Americans.

Jul. 27 2011 10:58 AM
Rev. Rangle

15 years ago your editors were earning around 27K annual salary. What is it today?

Does the "success" of small NY business count on paying workers poverty wages?

Jul. 27 2011 10:52 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I'd really have liked to hear more about what he'd do in the schools besides starting the day out w/singing.

Jul. 27 2011 10:52 AM
john from office

Poor kids need an education, not singing. Who will pick the songs. He needs a reality check.

Jul. 27 2011 10:51 AM
Beth from NYC

His solution for education is to make it "joyful"? I wish politicians would actually study the science of learning before coming up with superfluous ideas. Hesitant on bike lanes?

Jul. 27 2011 10:50 AM
Michelle from Brooklyn

Terrible idea about testing only for struggling kids, and no argument to explain and back it up.

Jul. 27 2011 10:49 AM
Bill from Manhattan

Singing for a 1/2 hour ever morning, maybe 10% of the kids will be into that.

Do you know who else liked singing before school? The Hitler youth. True fact.

Jul. 27 2011 10:48 AM
Amy from Manhattan

If 1.1 million kids have ~1.5 parents, does that imply half the kids in the public schools are in 1-parent families?

Jul. 27 2011 10:47 AM
Jay from NYC

Regardless of his policies, this guy just sounds like an arrogant jerk: here's a tip, guy – people did humbleness, Bloomberg notwithstanding.

Jul. 27 2011 10:46 AM
office from office

Boy he really certified his Jewishness. He hit all the right buttons.

Sounds like a flake

Jul. 27 2011 10:44 AM
john from office

This guest will be eaten for lunch by the Charles Barrons of NYC. Wait till he deals with the inner city parents they will crush him. Another floor mat liberal.

Jul. 27 2011 10:43 AM
Raul Rothblatt from Prospect Heights

Tom Allon is not a blank slate, as he mentioned. He was involved in an embarrassing rag, IMHO. See
http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2011/07/new-mayoral-candidate-tom-allon-of.html

Jul. 27 2011 10:40 AM
Jean from Manhattan

Hasn't DNAinfo made this guy's papers irrelevant?

Jul. 27 2011 10:40 AM
smiffy

nyc will have fun with this ... greg david for jr mayor!

Jul. 27 2011 10:37 AM

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