Category Archives: Nation, State & Region

Fairness for Taxpayers

With Assemblywoman Amy Paulin taking the lead, a bipartisan group of state, county, municipal, and school officials have joined together to defend the tax deductibility of charitable contributions.  This is a matter of urgent importance to taxpayers in our region, in light of recent changes in federal tax law that sharply limit state and local … Continue reading Fairness for Taxpayers

New Rochelle vs. Climate Change

The latest dreadful report on climate change from the UN makes for deeply depressing reading, so this is an important moment to remind ourselves that positive, effective climate action is still possible, provided we have the will.  Here’s a good local example . . . A couple of years ago, New Rochelle joined about 20 … Continue reading New Rochelle vs. Climate Change

A Big, Big Win for New Rochelle

Big, exciting news.  New Rochelle has won a $10 million State grant through New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI.)  This afternoon, State officials visited the Remington Boys and Girls Club to make the announcement. This highly-competitive program chooses only one winner per year from the entire mid-Hudson Valley, a huge multi-county region with dozens of … Continue reading A Big, Big Win for New Rochelle

Thank You, New Registrants!

I had a great time yesterday visiting with students and educators throughout New Rochelle, as together we observed National Voter Registration Day.  Inspiring to see young people committed to making a difference.  Thank you to everyone who pitched in, especially the volunteers with the League of Women Voters.  Here are a few photos from my … Continue reading Thank You, New Registrants!

New Ro Observes National Voter Registration Day

The inspiring moral leadership of students from Parkland, Florida illustrates the capacity of young people to shape our nation for the better.  And when it comes to impacting public affairs, nothing is more fundamental than registering to vote and casting a ballot.  #MayorsForOurLives Today, September 25th, is National Voter Registration Day, so mayors across the … Continue reading New Ro Observes National Voter Registration Day

“Lives . . . mean nothing to us”

This is a monumental piece of journalism from the Times Magazine.  Detailing the early scientific and political struggles over climate change, it is a still-unfinished tale of collective failure, leading to now-nearly-certain-but-once-avoidable catastrophe. Read all the way through to the epilogue, which is especially (and appropriately) raw: “We also know that, without a gargantuan intervention, … Continue reading “Lives . . . mean nothing to us”

Schumer Touts Rail Safety in New Ro

I was very glad to welcome Senator Chuck Schumer back to New Rochelle this morning.  The Senator was in town to advocate for Metro-North safety improvements.  Confidence in our rail systems is of vital importance to all commuters and of special significance to cities like New Rochelle that depend on safe and efficient mass transit.  … Continue reading Schumer Touts Rail Safety in New Ro