This has been an exceptionally difficult week for New Rochelle. Yesterday morning, representatives from our Police Department shared information concerning the tragic death of Gabrielle White, a seven-year-old student at Ward Elementary School. During the press conference, I made the following statement: “Our entire community mourns this tragic event and is united in offering thoughts … Continue reading An Incomprehensible Tragedy
Over lunch yesterday, I had the great honor of meeting Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor winner and one of the most decorated servicemen in American history. He’s now a regular military affairs commentator on NBC. A truly remarkable life of heroism and accomplishment, both on and off the battlefield. It was hard not … Continue reading A True American Hero
I don’t ordinarily hawk books, but when a good friend – author Alan Burdick – gets a glowing review like this from the New York Times, how can I not share it? I’m about a third of the way through Why Time Flies right now. Catie is almost done. A unique blend of science, philosophy, … Continue reading Why Time Flies
A little scene of family dysfunction . . . While visiting the Lincoln Memorial a few years ago on a family trip to Washington, DC, I pulled Jeremy and Owen aside and walked them to the Memorial’s north wall, on which are engraved the words of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. “Come look,” I said to … Continue reading A Different Inauguration
Among my good friends from high school, Daedre Levine (NRHS Class of ’88) wins the prize for moving furthest away: Australia! She was back in town this weekend to visit her family, and it was great to catch up. Dae is helping to lead up Australia’s campaign for marriage equality. Way to represent New Ro … Continue reading Representing New Ro Down Under
This holiday season and in the New Year, may we take joy in family and friendship and together make a more kind and loving world. Catie, Noam, Jeremy, and Owen
Icy water up to my mid-section, cold sand clinging to my feet, goose pimples covering my arms, teeth chattering in the frigid air. That’s a short description of my physical condition during today’s Polar Plunge. And here’s the thing: by comparison, it was the best feeling I’ve had this whole miserable, depressing week. Big(ly) thanks … Continue reading Cold, Wet, and Shivering – Best Thing All Week!
Perhaps it is self-absorbed to focus on personal concerns in the midst of the most cataclysmic political event of our lives, but, for me, the hardest task last night was providing comfort to my sons, Jeremy and Owen, who were badly shaken by the election and struggling to understand its meaning. As we watched one … Continue reading Advice to My Sons: Love America, Especially Now
A nice New Rochelle contingent on hand at about 3am(!) this morning to greet Hillary Clinton at Westchester Airport, as she returned from her final campaign swing. Welcome home, Madame Secretary President.
Here’s the deal: you give generously to a good cause, and, in exchange, I will make a fool of myself. On November 12th, I will participate in the Westchester Polar Plunge, joining a few hundred other hearty (or judgment-impaired) souls to take a quick swim in the ice-cold water of Long Island Sound. Everything benefits … Continue reading You Give Generously . . . I Make a Fool of Myself