John McCain’s statement on the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki is required reading. This is the kind of forceful, unambiguous, absolutely necessary denunciation that has been in painfully short supply among GOP office-holders. When will others step up and speak with the same clarity? What will it take for a critical mass of leaders to defend … Continue reading McCain Gets It Right
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
Politico is out with its latest survey of mayors, covering the relationship between Washington and localities, city challenges, the rural-urban divide, and other issues. I am quoted a couple of times in the article. It’s a quick read, if you are interested.
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
R.E.A.D.I. stands for Respect, Enthusiasm, Articulate, Dependable, and Initiative — qualities that every employer seeks when making hiring decisions and that are vital to every youngster planning a career. It’s also the name of a program that New Rochelle is proud to support, alongside the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board, My Brother’s Keeper, the Westchester Children’s … Continue reading New Rochelle is READI
This report from the National League of Cities, which analyzes 160 “State of the City” addresses from around the country, illustrates the common challenges and priorities facing municipalities. My own State of the City address for New Rochelle is quoted twice on pages 11 and 23 of the report.
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
A single small city rarely has the political weight to influence national policy, but when small cities and towns join together around a common agenda, we have a fighting chance to make a difference. That’s why I was pleased to join the First & Main coalition, which includes more than 100 mayors across the country. … Continue reading Advocating for Small Cities
I am glad that the Trump Administration has made an about-face and decided to end its practice of separating parents and children at the border. But does anyone believe that this change of policy reflects a change of heart? Of course not. This is a forced response to overwhelming public revulsion and outrage; without external … Continue reading The Necessity of Outrage
I spent this past weekend in Texas with my three older brothers. One of them just turned 60, and we decided to celebrate his milestone birthday by visiting Austin, where he attended grad school years ago. We devoted most of our time to exploring the city and UT campus on foot, covering about 25 miles … Continue reading Texas Adventure