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Our series of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. Jack Hidary, technology executive running as an independent, talks about his bid and his policies proposals.
For someone who is not a career politician he has mastered the art of dodging questions and slinging platitudes. Arehealth care, education, policing and public safety a "sideshow"?
How exactly does getting tourists to the outer boroughs solve the problem of affordable housing??
Trippi, even internet saavy NewYorkers want some substance.
Independent_Noach -- Why would Mr. Hidary need or want to debate any of the people you suggest? Do any of them even live in NYC? Not meant as criticism, just asking.
I live in Coney Island. Its difficult to development commercial business there because (1) the area is highly residential(2) there's very little room for new businesses. There are tons of small, immigrant owned businesses already(3) its too far from Manhattan to attract the tech/hipster crowd (which we actually like!)(4) about 40% of the population is over 50 years of age.
Frankly, I've had enough of business people running NYC.
Go Jack Hidary! Sounds like the best candidate so far! Jobs & Education party. DUH!!
He's not answering questions. Didn't answer whether his community centers would take money from schools and libraries. Didn't answer whether would do the bidding of the real estate industry - sounds like he would, giving them more contracts all over the 5 boroughs. Please press people on answering questions. This guy sounds questionable.
This almost a completely content-free interview. Sorry Brian, I know you're trying.
Sounds good to me. Just gained my support.
Had to turn this off - have heard him interviewed twice. Exhausting, talks fast, non-stop. He'll tell us what's good for us. This is just what we need - another guy who has all the answers and doesn't listen. Slow down buddy.
what about the people who are not interested in starting a business?
I think it would be instructive to hear Mr. Hidary's response to being asked whether he would be willing to debate any of the following individuals.
-Ralph Nader, on the state of our political system in general, and any number of specific issues relevant to the mayorship of NYC
On economic issues, specifically:-Richard Wolff, Doug Henwood, Dean Baker, Michael Hudson, Slavoj Zizek (leftists)- Lew Rockwell or any other adherent of right-wing, Austrian-school (Von Mises, etc.) "Libertarian" [sic] economics
On social issues, specifically:-John Derbyshire, Patrick J. Buchanan, on the right- Bill Weintraub ( man2manalliance.org )or any other dissident, anti-buggery homosexual activist
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