Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) is definitely a bully. He may be a crook. And, if the latest polls are accurate, he is about to reelected in a landslide by his conservative Staten Island district. Over the weekend, I visited my mother for lunch, and we got to talking about this. “How could people vote … Continue reading Bramson’s Election Musings – Part I: A Grimm Tale
There’s a heart-warming story in the Journal News about the reunion of the 1957 cast of an eighth-grade production of “You Can’t Take It With You” at Isaac Young. Here’s an excerpt: “They didn’t know it then, but these youngsters were also forming incredibly tight bonds with their fellow actors that would last the rest … Continue reading You Can’t Take It With You (Or Can You?)
Why wait for this evening’s candy haul when the sugar overload can begin right away with baked goods in the morning? These spooky cupcakes actually look pretty good. Production credit: Catie 90%, Jeremy 9%, Owen 1%, Noam 0%. (But I plan to eat a couple, nonetheless.) Happy Halloween!
While we’re aiming to make New Rochelle’s downtown more walkable and bike-friendly, there’s no question that a successful business district still needs safe, attractive, and customer-friendly parking options. Over the years, the City has worked toward this goal by upgrading parking lots, installing better meters, and adding new spaces on-street. It’s been an incremental process, … Continue reading Parking Management Overhaul for New Rochelle
I brought the boys to a political rally this morning. Governor Cuomo was in the area to rally the faithful. We also heard some strong rah-rah speeches from Kathy Hochul, Nita Lowey, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and George Latimer. It was a good event, and the crowd was fired up. The kids . . . not so … Continue reading Crowd Fired Up . . . Boys Bored Stiff
If you are in need of some inspiration today, look no further than this article from the front page of today’s Times. It describes the remarkable story of Justus Uwayesu, who lost his family in the genocide in Rwanda, then overcame astonishing deprivation as an abandoned orphan to enroll this year as a freshman at … Continue reading Inspiration for the Day (or Maybe the Month)
The City just received word that the State has approved the proposed group home that was the subject of my essay in July and of widespread comment thereafter. The substance of this decision — from the NYS Office for People with Development Disabilities — was never in doubt; only the timing was in question. With … Continue reading Group Home Approved in New Rochelle
Jeremy took a turn in the dunk tank at our elementary school carnival a couple of weeks ago. Owen’s determined efforts to dunk his older brother were unsuccessful, then impatience got the best of him. Watch to the end.
Saving tax dollars often requires difficult choices and trade-offs, but sometimes it’s just a matter of being alert to opportunities. In recent years, the City has taken advantage of low interest rates to refinance municipal debt and reduce our annual payments. The latest example: last week, our Finance Department sold $10.6 million of general obligation … Continue reading Saving Money The Easy Way
The City’s designation last week of a Master Developer for our downtown and transit district attracted a lot of press attention, as well as glowing comments from regional organizations like the Westchester County Association and the Westchester Business Council. Check out the links below: The Daily Voice Fios 1 News Westchester Business Journal Journal News … Continue reading Extensive Press Coverage for Master Developer Designation