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
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
Westchester’s ability to face and recover from the next storm like Sandy will depend on a comprehensive strategy.
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.
To deny the reality of vast progress is to be willfully blind. But to deny the stubborn persistence of injustice is be equally blind.
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.
Today’s historic Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA advances the cause of equal opportunity for all Americans. Here in our region, many families, friends and neighbors will benefit directly, as will countless others across the nation.
Although Noam is not able to attend the Moreland Commission hearing in person today, his experience as Mayor of New Rochelle during these recent storms compels him to offer written comments to the commission, which you can read here.
Is there shame in taking the bronze when you are swimming against Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte? Comparing the three headliners of this Democratic convention, I thought that President Obama fell just a little short of the standard set by the First Lady and Bill Clinton. But in that rarified company, third place ain’t bad. … Continue reading Democratic Convention: Day Five
As I wrote yesterday, the Democrats put on a great show for the opening night of their Convention. Did Wednesday’s proceedings reach the same heights? Well, if you are asking about the entire six-hour lineup, then the answer is no — despite a scattering of bright spots, the speeches as a whole were less coherent … Continue reading Democratic Convention: Day Four