Category Archives: Nation, State & Region

Do Not Stand Idly By

Despite overwhelming support from the American public, national gun safety standards have faltered in Congress, undone by political pressure from the gun lobby.  So with legislative solutions seemingly out of reach for now, it’s important to consider other strategies, and here’s an especially promising approach: Use the collective market power of police departments, law enforcement, … Continue reading Do Not Stand Idly By

Westchester Climate Change Summit on Sept. 12

Pace Law and the Federated Conservationists of Westchester are teaming up on Friday, September 12th to host a Westchester Climate Change Summit.  The day’s events will include remarks, presentations, and panel discussions from scientists, experts, and policy-makers. I plan on attending at least a portion of the summit. There’s more information at this site, and … Continue reading Westchester Climate Change Summit on Sept. 12

Federal Reps & FEMA Come Through for New Rochelle

Good news for New Rochelle taxpayers and park-users.  With a critical assist from our federal representatives, FEMA has just come through with about $3.2 million in disaster relief funds related to Hurricane Sandy – $1.4 million for repairs to our municipal marina and $1.8 million for repairs to Hudson Park.  You can learn more in … Continue reading Federal Reps & FEMA Come Through for New Rochelle

Widespread Reaction to Group Home Statement

This especially nice tweet from @chrislhayes is an example of the feedback I have received since posting a statement about a group home for four young men with autism in New Rochelle.  My comments have now been viewed more than 10,000 times on my website and many more times on other sites.  Having expected a … Continue reading Widespread Reaction to Group Home Statement

Snapshot from the Westchester Children’s Association

This analysis from the Westchester Children’s Association (WCA) provides a useful statistical snapshot of the social and economic conditions facing families in our community.  WCA is compiling similar profiles for all the cities in Westchester.  The degree of social distress in the urban centers of the region is a stark reminder that Westchester’s idyllic image … Continue reading Snapshot from the Westchester Children’s Association

Helping (a Little) with the Regional Plan

For almost a century, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has been at the forefront of efforts to address economic, environmental, transportation, and infrastructure challenges in the New York metropolitan area. RPA’s work is important and often visionary, so I was delighted to be invited to help draft RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan – a document that … Continue reading Helping (a Little) with the Regional Plan

Group Home Comments Stir Discussion

Since posting my thoughts last week about a group home controversy in New Rochelle, I’ve been astonished by the response — a huge number of comments from here in our own community and from around the country, many quite personal and moving.  My comments were also picked up by  Political Wire, which featured this podcast … Continue reading Group Home Comments Stir Discussion