Category Archives: Nation, State & Region

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.