Dear Friends,

This month’s update begins with some happy personal news.

First, Catie and I became parents on December 23rd. Our baby boy, Jeremy Morris Bramson, weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. He has a sweet, calm disposition, enjoys being bounced up and down, and has a remarkably penetrating gaze for someone whose range of vision is supposedly about 12 inches. We are, of course, enormously excited (albeit a little sleep-deprived) and look forward to introducing Jeremy to friends when he’s just a little bit bigger.

Second, we moved to a new home (on December 26th, just three days after Jeremy’s birth, for anyone who is counting.) Our new address is:

201 Pinebrook Boulevard
New Rochelle, NY 10804

Please note also that I have a new email address: Our phone numbers and Catie’s email address will remain the same.

Needless to say, it has been a busy two weeks, compounded by some difficulty re-connecting our phone and cable lines, a broken furnace, and a few unwelcome plumbing surprises. As a consequence, I have been later than I would have liked in sharing our news with friends and providing my monthly update on City issues. Please forgive me for these lapses and forgive me also if I am a little slower than usual responding to phone calls and emails during the next few weeks.

Finally, Catie joins me in wishing you and yours good health and happiness in 2004.

Warmest regards,