The argument against climate action (at least among those who admit that climate change is real) usually boils down to economics; it will cost too much. That’s why this new report is so valuable. Entitled “Risky Business,” it describes in painful detail the economic cost of inaction, and it does so in terms that will … Continue reading Business Climate
The President’s proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is a big step forward. Today’s editorial in the New York Times says it well: The greenhouse gas reductions required by the Obama administration’s proposed rule on power plants will not get the world to where it has to go to avert the worst … Continue reading Bravo!
We’re lucky to have great Congressional representatives in Westchester. But the institution of Congress as a whole? Not so much. Everybody hates it. (Well, technically not everybody – Congress does have a 16% approval rating in the latest poll.) Except for committed partisans, most folks would probably offer a similar explanation for their disgust: Congress … Continue reading Center(?) – Right
I was glad to join about 100 other guests in welcoming President Obama to Westchester yesterday. He was in Tarrytown to highlight national infrastructure priorities, using the Tappan Zee Bridge as a backdrop. This was my second time seeing the President live, but the first doesn’t really count – it was the Democratic convention in … Continue reading Hello Mr. President
Right on the heels of unsettling UN reports that examine the impact of climate change world-wide, a new National Climate Assessment describes the effects and risks of climate change here in the United States. From torrential rainfall in the northeast, to beetle infestations that are killing millions of acres of forest in the northwest, to … Continue reading Latest Climate Report Says The Same Thing As Every Other Climate Report
For decades, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has played a vital role in shaping the growth of the New York metropolitan area, addressing the interrelated challenges of transportation, development, sustainability, infrastructure, and land use. The professionals enlisted by RPA are among the most highly-respected in the world, and their efforts have a significant impact on … Continue reading The Fourth Regional Plan
Clare Effiong is a truly remarkable woman, who has devoted more than a decade to helping vulnerable and orphaned children in Rwanda through a group she founded called Esther’s Aid. Read this article about a young man named Justus – it’s just one inspiring example of Clare’s transformative work. I couldn’t be more proud that … Continue reading A Local (and Global) Hero
I recently sat down with Ina Aronow of the League of Women Voters for a really good half-hour discussion. Our talk focused mainly on future development plans, but also looked back at last year’s campaign and at the Echo Bay project. Please watch.
This article in the Times highlights both a challenge and an opportunity for our region. Like other suburban counties, Westchester has been losing population in the 25-44 age range. That’s a problem for all of us, because younger professionals are vital to attracting jobs, supporting our housing market, and encouraging cultural vitality. The good news … Continue reading Competing for Younger Residents
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo spoke to a group of about 300 business leaders at a forum sponsored by the Westchester County Association. (Pretty good sized crowd on 48 hours notice!) Along with a few other elected officials, I attended the event and had a chance to exchange a few words with the Governor. State budgets encompass … Continue reading The Governor Makes His Case