Every election is important, and there are plenty of good, normal reasons for voting tomorrow: the experiences and skills of the candidates, the competing priorities of the parties, the policy alternatives that will impact lives throughout our state, nation, and world. But this year, of course, there’s more. Much more. These are not normal times, … Continue reading Vote!
As we all struggle to make sense of the horrific events in Pittsburgh, it is important not only to condemn murderous violence, but also to act with compassion, decency, and goodness. A friend who volunteers with HIAS, the venerable refugee resettlement agency, posted some particularly moving comments, and I quote him in full below. Love … Continue reading Overcoming Hate
With the open enrollment period for health insurance set to begin on November 1st, Westchester County is stepping up to help everyone get insured. Here’s more information from the County: Free assistance is available to help individuals and small businesses enroll or renew their health coverage with NY State of Health, the official health plan … Continue reading Get Insured – Open Enrollment Begins November 1
With Assemblywoman Amy Paulin taking the lead, a bipartisan group of state, county, municipal, and school officials have joined together to defend the tax deductibility of charitable contributions. This is a matter of urgent importance to taxpayers in our region, in light of recent changes in federal tax law that sharply limit state and local … Continue reading Fairness for Taxpayers
The latest dreadful report on climate change from the UN makes for deeply depressing reading, so this is an important moment to remind ourselves that positive, effective climate action is still possible, provided we have the will. Here’s a good local example . . . A couple of years ago, New Rochelle joined about 20 … Continue reading New Rochelle vs. Climate Change
Big, exciting news. New Rochelle has won a $10 million State grant through New York’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI.) This afternoon, State officials visited the Remington Boys and Girls Club to make the announcement. This highly-competitive program chooses only one winner per year from the entire mid-Hudson Valley, a huge multi-county region with dozens of … Continue reading A Big, Big Win for New Rochelle
I had a great time yesterday visiting with students and educators throughout New Rochelle, as together we observed National Voter Registration Day. Inspiring to see young people committed to making a difference. Thank you to everyone who pitched in, especially the volunteers with the League of Women Voters. Here are a few photos from my … Continue reading Thank You, New Registrants!
The inspiring moral leadership of students from Parkland, Florida illustrates the capacity of young people to shape our nation for the better. And when it comes to impacting public affairs, nothing is more fundamental than registering to vote and casting a ballot. #MayorsForOurLives Today, September 25th, is National Voter Registration Day, so mayors across the … Continue reading New Ro Observes National Voter Registration Day
For more than two decades, I had the great privilege of working for Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a principled, effective, and dynamic public servant who is rightly beloved throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. She was and is a great boss, a great teacher, and a great example. Last week, several dozen former staff members (including … Continue reading 30 Great Years
As the child of refugees, I have always believed strongly that our country has a moral obligation to open its doors to individuals and families fleeing violence and persecution. In this spirit, I was proud to join hundreds of other elected officials in signing a bipartisan letter, calling for the resettlement of 75,000 refugees during … Continue reading Welcome Refugees