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!
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
We held our annual Bastille Day flag-raising ceremony this morning at City Hall, sponsored by the New Rochelle/La Rochelle Sister City Committee. In prior years, my comments at this event have been brief and light-hearted — in fact, I’ve never before bothered to write anything out, opting instead to speak off the cuff. Today, I … Continue reading Something More to Say
The news out of the Supreme Court is almost too dark and depressing to contemplate. When Justice Kennedy’s replacement is seated, a newly entrenched right-wing majority will almost certainly roll-back reproductive freedoms, place at-risk hard-won civil rights and LGBTQ gains, and accelerate trends toward income inequality and the concentration of power among the privileged. The … Continue reading Crisis of Legitimacy
This recent picture of the President literally hugging the flag got me thinking about the critical distinction between the symbols and substance of patriotism. If you can stomach it, please watch this short video. The year is 1939, and the scene is a rally at Madison Square Garden. What’s strange, disorienting, and to me most … Continue reading The Symbols and Substance of Patriotism
Congratulations to Julia Muggia Ochs, who won the top spot in yesterday’s School election, and to Chris Daniello, who is leading for the second position. (And thank you to all the candidates who competed.) Congratulations also to the newly elected Library Trustees and to backers of the Library budget, which received a thumbs-up from voters. … Continue reading Listen, Learn, Come Together
Don’t forget to vote in today’s important School and Library election. The polls are open from 7am to 9pm. You can find your polling place here. In case you missed it, I posted my recommendation last week. And if you are still on the fence about the School budget, I encourage you to read this thoughtful … Continue reading Reminder: Please Vote Today
On Tuesday, May 15th, the people of New Rochelle will make an important decision about the future of our children and community. I urge you to vote Yes on the School Budget and to support Julia Muggia Ochs for the Board of Education. Yes for Schools There are at least three ways to look at … Continue reading Ochs for Board of Ed, Yes for Schools – Vote May 15th
The blue wave kept on rolling yesterday. Congratulations to Shelley Mayer, who won a landslide victory for the State Senate, and to Terry Clements, who won a closer contest for the County Legislature. Here are the results. Shelley and Terry will be outstanding advocates for New Rochelle, and I look forward to working with them … Continue reading Blue Wave Keeps Rolling