Read Pete’s Interview

Please take a few moments to read Pete Buttigieg’s interview with the New York Times editorial board, because it is a great illustration of why I am so proud to support Pete for President.  There are very few public officials, even at the highest levels, capable of discussing issues with anything close to Pete’s fluidity, depth, and thoughtfulness, evident across the full spectrum of topics, from highly-specific policy matters to broad questions of philosophy.  (And all this shines through despite the Times’ weird fixation on McKinsey.)  Pete Buttigieg will be an uplifting, transformative President and is exactly the right antidote for the toxicity of the Trump years.

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Can You Do Me A Favor?

Can you do me a favor?  Would you please sign my petition to become a delegate to this year’s Democratic National Convention?  I’m on a slate of eight delegates, who are pledged to Pete Buttigieg, and we need to collect at least 500 signatures from our area this month in order to qualify for the ballot.  (A little more on that below.)  If you are willing to sign, please meet me this weekend at either of these times and locations:

Saturday, January 11th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the Starbucks near Iona (726 North Avenue)

Sunday, January 12th from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Starbucks in Wykagyl (1278 North Avenue)

As another option, you can drop by Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway) any time, where our same petition will be available.

In order to be eligible to sign, you must (a) live in the 16th Congressional District of New York, meaning that Eliot Engel is your Congressman, and (b) be registered to vote as a Democrat.

Signing the petition does not obligate you to vote for Pete Buttigieg or for anyone else.  It simply allows delegates like myself to qualify for the ballot, so that the democratic primary process can occur.  The New York primary will take place on April 28th — that’s when you have to choose a candidate.

Although our local delegate slate covers the whole Congressional District, I am proud to say that New Rochelle is very well-represented.  In addition to myself, the delegate slate includes New Rochelle residents Fabiola Brito-Briseno, Sharad Khemani, and Gwen Clayton (the co-owner of Alvin & Friends.)  The slate also includes Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who represents half of New Rochelle, and Michael Clain, the former Mayor of Pelham.

I’ve never before tried to collect signatures on a petition this way, so it’s a bit of an experiment, and I am counting on my friends to show up!  If you have a couple of minutes this weekend, I would really be grateful to see you.  Coffee’s on me.

Thank you!

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Calling All (Pete) Delegates!

I am very proud to back Pete Buttigieg for President.  If you share my enthusiasm for Pete, then please consider applying to be a Buttigieg delegate at next year’s Democratic National Convention.  It’s a rare and exciting opportunity to participate directly in the nomination of our next President.  Just fill out this form.

The Buttigieg campaign is also seeking volunteers to help collect signatures to put Pete on the New York ballot.  The primary is in April, but signature collection begins later this month.  If you are able to help out, there’s more information here.

I’ll be posting more about the Presidential race in the weeks ahead, as the New York primary gets closer.

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Not So Divided, After All

It is often said that New Rochelle is divided politically between north and south, but maybe it’s time to update that conventional wisdom.  The Board of Elections has just compiled the final, official results of the 2019 mayoral election, and they show a remarkable degree of uniformity across our supposed north-south dividing line*.  Here are the percentages of votes I received on the . . .

North Side: 62.8%

South Side: 62.9%

To be sure, New Rochelleans have wide-ranging opinions about politics and everything else, but these competing views exist within neighborhoods, as much as between neighborhoods.  And although there are statistical differences between north and south when it comes to land use and demographic characteristics, it turns out that folks all over town have similar priorities, values, and concerns.

New Rochelle is one city, more united than we sometimes realize, going up or down together, and we do ourselves a disservice by wrongly imagining sharper divisions than actually exist.

*  Defined here as roughly Mayflower Avenue and Iona College

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Insightful Profile of Congress

A terrific piece about the dynamics and personalities of the U.S. Congress in this week’s New York Times magazine, as seen primarily through the eyes of new Representatives Abigail Spanberger and Ayanna Pressley.  Individual Congresspeople are often enormously impressive and admirable, genuinely striving to do good work, even as service within the institution as a whole seems like an increasingly miserable experience.  The article does a remarkable job of capturing these cross-currents.  Really a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the present moment in our politics.  (Full disclosure: the article’s author, Susan Dominus, is a good friend.  Not that I am biased or anything.)

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