Category Archives: Nation, State & Region

Showing True Colors on Guns

Since last November’s election, I have pretty much steered clear of criticizing Rob Astorino.  He beat me, fair and square, and negative commentary from the losing candidate, even if justified on the merits, invariably comes across as sour grapes. But I really can’t refrain from pointing out this article describing the County Executive’s campaign stop … Continue reading Showing True Colors on Guns

City Wins Planning Grants from NYS

When he took office three years ago, Governor Cuomo completely overhauled the State’s grant-making and development assistance process.  Today, municipalities and other entities submit funding requests to regional councils that distribute funding through a competitive, merit-based system.  New Rochelle just received word of two grant awards in the most recent round.  Here’s the text of … Continue reading City Wins Planning Grants from NYS

Private Virtues Missing in Public Square

Read this article from last Friday’s New York Times.  Then, if you are a parent, imagine this scenario: During a visit to the pediatrician, you learn that your child has contracted a serious degenerative illness.  For now, the symptoms are relatively mild – most of the time, your child seems perfectly fine – but the … Continue reading Private Virtues Missing in Public Square

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This morning, I joined many neighbors at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major breakfast, sponsored by the New Rochelle Community Action Program.  And last Friday, I attended the annual King observance, arranged by the Coalition for Mutual Respect.  Both were great, well-attended events, and I thank the organizers for their hard work. At … Continue reading Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Joining Senator Gillibrand for Family Leave Announcement

This afternoon, I was happy to join U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as she announced the introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a new national insurance program for paid leave during family medical emergencies or after the birth of a child.  The United States is one of the few … Continue reading Joining Senator Gillibrand for Family Leave Announcement

A Day of Reflection

For all Americans – and especially New Yorkers – September 11th is a day of somber reflection. We remember with sorrow the thousands of lives taken by an act of staggering evil. We recommit ourselves to sustaining the families who carry the heaviest burden of grief. And we reaffirm our gratitude to the First Responders and members of the Armed Forces, who risk their own safety through service to others.

A vigil for Trayvon

As a father, I can only imagine the pain that Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, must now feel. When a case is the topic of such extensive commentary and has such broad social significance, the person at its center can be reduced to an abstract symbol. It is important to remember that he was a human being, flesh and blood, loved and now mourned.