Author: sadubato

Super Bowl Transit Communication is Off Track

When it comes to customer service, there is a very simple rule: It’s all about them; it’s not about us!  I wrote this a couple of months back regarding the embarrassing roll-out of the healthcare.gov website and how difficult it was for consumers to access it. But certain lessons some folks still don’t get.  Consider the nightmare that occurred for approximately 34,000 Super Bowl fans who tried to take NJ Transit away from MetLife Stadium after the Seahawks beat the Broncos in a particularly one-sided affair. 

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No excuse for communication blowup

Legendary "60 Minutes" reporter Mike Wallace was known to ask the toughest and most challenging questions of leaders in every walk of professional life, including asking numerous presidents what some would say were embarrassing questions about their failures in office.

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2013's Top 3 PR Blunders

2013's Top 3 PR Blunders
Paula Deen offers an apology via YouTube for her use of the "N word" in the past. (YouTube)

This past year did not disappoint when it comes to communication faux pas and PR blunders. They came in all forms and in every professional arena and, as always, offered some lessons for the rest of us about how NOT to communicate in public.

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JFK: Lessons in Leadership

JFK: Lessons in Leadership

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there is no better lesson in leadership when it comes to learning from failure than the 1961 fiasco known as the Bay of Pigs.

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The Property Tax Debate: It’s Time to Put Every Idea on the Table

Property taxes in our state have been out of control for decades. There is no quick fix, no silver bullet that would turn the situation around overnight. It took decades to get this bad and it is going to take a while to get it right. That’s why all ideas for property-tax relief should be seriously considered.

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Governor Brendan Byrne…A Giant in New Jersey Politics

Governor Brendan Byrne…A Giant in New Jersey Politics
Emmy Award-wining anchor Steve Adubato interviewed Governor Brendan Byrne in 1999 when the CEC launched “One-on-One with Steve Adubato”. Governor Byrne was also the first guest on Caucus: NJ when Caucus and Adubato premiered on public television 25 years ago.

I am working on a public television documentary special on the career of former Governor Brendan T. Byrne and I had the occasion of covering the unveiling of a 7-feet high bronze statue of the governor at the Essex County Courthouse plaza this week—an effort coordinated by Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo in which Byrne was introduced by Republican Governor Chris Christie.  

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Alan Rosenthal: A Mentor to Many

Alan Rosenthal: A Mentor to Many
The late Dr. Alan Rosenthal is pictured here in his last public television appearance with Steve Adubato, in which he talked about his last book, "The Best Job in Politics: Exploring How Governors Succeed as Policy Leaders."

My friend and academic advisor, Dr. Alan Rosenthal, passed away this week. Like countless other graduate students who pass through the hallowed halls of the Eagleton Institute on the Rutgers University campus, I was a student and protégé of Alan’s. When I met him in 1981, he was the director of the Institute. He was funny, self-deprecating, insightful, and brilliant. His understanding of state government, and how it worked and didn’t work, was unparalleled. His respect for state legislatures was appreciated by legislatures throughout this country. He was considered by most to be the number one expert in the nation on this topic.

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Act Now to Protect Our Coastal Properties

Can a solution to our coastline’s vulnerability be found in a 300-by-12-foot wave tank in Hoboken? At Stevens Institute of Technology, researchers at the Center for Maritime Systems are hoping to test the Removable Hurricane Flood Wall System, a new technology developed by RSA Protective Technologies of California. The system uses flood-control panels that are stored off-site until set in place when a threatening storm approaches.

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RU Kidding?

As a Rutgers grad and as someone who has taught many communication courses there, I am embarrassed and appalled at the way the Rutgers University leadership team has mishandled the Mike Rice video “fiasco.” This has become the newest case study for how NOT to handle a crisis.

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Christine Quinn: "I'm Going to Cut His Balls Off"

Christine Quinn: "I'm Going to Cut His Balls Off"
Steve Adubato with New York City Council Speaker and Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn on the set of "One-On-One" at the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center

I recently interviewed Christine Quinn, the New York City Council speaker who is looking to become the first female mayor of New York City. Quinn is outspoken, bold and isn’t afraid to use profane language when peeved.


 


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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... Read More >

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(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
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This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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