Early life and career
Allon, a native New Yorker, grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Allon attended Stuyvesant High School. He attended Cornell University, where he worked for The Cornell Daily Sun and was its sports editor and a senior editor. He graduated in 1984. He then received a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
After graduating from Columbia, Allon taught English at his alma mater, Stuyvesant High School.
From 1986 to 1991, Allon was editor of The West Side Spirit, a community newspaper now owned by Manhattan Media, the company of which Allon currently serves as CEO. Along with The West Side Spirit, Manhattan Media also publishes the community newspapers Our Town, The Westsider, the Chelsea Clinton News, the political newspapers City Hall and The Capitol, and the magazines Avenue and New York Family.
On July 12, 2011, Allon announced that he would run for mayor of the City of New York. He stated that New Yorkers need a leader "like me who thinks like an Israeli: tough and always ready to defend his people."
Allon's chances at winning the Republican nomination dwindled after two better-known candidates, billionaire grocer John A. Catsimatidis and former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Joseph J. Lhota, entered the race. While Allon "made a strong impression at a series of candidate forums," his candidacy failed to gain traction, and "his polling numbers mired in the low single digits." Allon also had difficulty attracting campaign donors, reporting just $17,335 in contributions in the two months before he dropped out of the race. Allon withdrew from the race on March 17, his campaign more than $4,000 in debt. The Liberal Party subsequently endorsed Catsimatidis.
Outside activities and memberships
Allon helped create two public high schools, Eleanor Roosevelt High School on the Upper East Side and Frank McCourt High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He also served on the advisory board of the West Side Crime Prevention Program and was the president of the New York Press Association in 2008.
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