The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the preeminent global authority on climate issues, has just released its latest report, detailing impacts, adaptation strategies, and areas of greatest vulnerability. It makes for grim reading, even with the report’s assurances that effective policy-making can still make a positive difference. Money quote: “the effects of climate change … Continue reading “All Continents and Across the Oceans”
Catie and I took the kids to the NY Hall of Science in Queens over the weekend. It was our first time there, and we’ll definitely go back. Some really neat interactive exhibits, all pitched to be interesting for both children and adults. Plus, we preceded our visit with a dim sum lunch in Flushing’s … Continue reading All Systems Go . . .
March 31st. Freezing rain. Will this miserable winter end already? C’mon spring – get a move on!
This morning, I had the great privilege (and fun) of reading a book about parrots to Ms. Ferguson’s third grade class at Jefferson Elementary School. It was part of Jefferson’s annual Great Read Aloud. The kids were terrific. Lots of stories about pets, including one especially memorable tale from a young man who claimed to … Continue reading The Great Read Aloud
Quick . . . who would be a celebrating his 450th birthday this year? If you guessed Galileo, you’re right! But, well, that’s not really the point, because there was another notable birth in 1564 – William Shakespeare. And nearly five centuries later, Shakespeare retains a pretty breathtaking and seemingly timeless influence over the English … Continue reading Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears
At a time when most New Yorkers are are still recovering from this past winter’s surplus of snowfall, it may be hard to work up much concern for a drought on the other side of the country. But we should be concerned, because the record-breaking dry-spell in California and other western states matters to everyone. … Continue reading The Drought Out West
Last March, my brothers and I traveled with my mother to Israel to celebrate her 80th birthday. This year, to celebrate Mom’s 81st, the whole family went to Dubrovnik. Not Dubrovnik the city. Dubrovnik the restaurant. And although you might assume visiting the coast of Croatia would be more exciting, the meal on Main … Continue reading Food Blog: Dubrovnik
Every veteran of the U.S. armed forces deserves our gratitude, especially those who have served in combat or been injured in the line of duty. And our gratitude should be expressed through more than just words. That’s why it’s important to fund programs that provide for Veterans’ physical and mental health, assist with transition to … Continue reading City Approves Veterans Tax Cut
I just finished delivering my annual State of the City address to a packed house. Here is copy of my prepared remarks. Or you can view this webcast. Every year, I try to make the most of this occasion by celebrating accomplishments, confronting challenges, and establishing goals. It’s a good way to set a course … Continue reading State of the City 2014
Hudson Park and the Municipal Marina took a big hit during Hurricane Sandy. So after the storm, New Rochelle applied to FEMA for the estimated $4 million cost of repairs. Months and months later, we still haven’t received final word on our approvals. Now that spring is here and beach weather is fast approaching, a … Continue reading Schumer at Hudson Park