Good news from Governor Cuomo today, with the announcement of a major agreement between the MTA and Amtrak to proceed with Penn Access, which will connect Metro-North’s New Haven line to Penn Station. Here’s more from the Governor. Although the press release focuses primarily on benefits for the Bronx, where four new stations will be … Continue reading Good News on Penn Access
A busy weekend in New Rochelle of events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King — a dinner sponsored by the Coalition for Mutual Respect on Friday night, volunteer service activities at Iona on Saturday, a youth oratorical contest at Shiloh Baptist Church on Sunday morning, a Jubilee celebration at Bethesda Baptist Church on … Continue reading New Rochelle Honors MLK
Elections have consequences. That’s been abundantly and painfully clear in Washington since 2016, but a much happier counter-example is now playing out in New York State, where voters flipped the State Senate this past November, delivering a healthy majority to Democrats, led by Westchester’s own Andrea Stewart-Cousins. As a result, progressive legislation that had been … Continue reading Strong Start for NYS Dems
Over the course of American history, cabinet secretaries have come in all sorts of shapes and sizes: famous and obscure, admired and reviled, honest and corrupt. But I don’t think any prior cabinet secretary has been regarded in quite the same light as James Mattis: as a protection against the incompetence and malevolence of his … Continue reading Uh-Oh
I love this photo of the New Rochelle High School and White Plains High School football teams pitching in together to combat hunger. White Plains Mayor Tom Roach and I dropped by the offices of Feeding Westchester in Elmsford to cheer them on. About a fifth of our county’s residents are food insecure — a … Continue reading Teaming Up to End Hunger
When I read Jon Meacham’s excellent biography of George H.W. Bush, I was struck by the genuine love of country and deep commitment to public service that characterized the former President’s entire life. I did not share his politics or give him my vote, but President Bush’s achievements on the world stage, his instinct for … Continue reading George H.W. Bush, Rest in Peace
As usual, John Oliver seems to get at the truth of things more effectively than the “real” news. His funny/chilling/important piece on authoritarianism is must-watch.
Amazon will be splitting their second national headquarters between two locations: Arlington, VA and Long Island City in Queens — and that’s very good news for New Rochelle. Why? When Penn Access is completed in a few years, Metro-North’s New Haven line will pass directly through Long Island City en route to Penn Station. And … Continue reading Amazon HQ2 Announcement is Good News for New Rochelle
I am trying to sort through my feelings about yesterday’s election. Elation? Disappointment? Relief? I guess some combination of the three, with relief in the top spot. On the plus side (if you’re a Democrat like me): • Democrats prevailed in the most important contest by winning a convincing majority in the House of Representatives. … Continue reading The Blue Wave(let?)
Every election is important, and there are plenty of good, normal reasons for voting tomorrow: the experiences and skills of the candidates, the competing priorities of the parties, the policy alternatives that will impact lives throughout our state, nation, and world. But this year, of course, there’s more. Much more. These are not normal times, … Continue reading Vote!