Author Archives: John Carey

Column: A Rye TV masterpiece

Back in the days when Rye TV was called Rye Community TV, or RCTV, there was one amateur-produced program that outshone all the others. It was called “What’s Your Rye Q,” and was organized and staged by Ted and Pat Levine. Pat Levine was an elected member of the Rye City Council and is credited […]

Column: A (round) trip to Dannemora

Quite a few years ago, I was appointed by the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in Brooklyn to represent a man incarcerated at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. We exchanged letters, and he demanded that I come there and visit him. A lawyer has extensive responsibilities toward her/his client, whatever the […]

Column: Can Kurds take on ISIS?

Kurds won legislative seats in Turkey’s June 7 elections. This could augur well for an ancient people with no country of their own. When King Richard of Britain, known as “the Lionhearted,” made ready to wrest Jerusalem from the Muslims, he was opposed by a leader named Saladin. While commander of the Syrian army and […]

Column: Is Rye ready for another Hurricane Sandy?

Now that June 1 has passed, we are officially into hurricane season. And we will be in it until late October. The question is: are we ready? I was not in Rye in September 1938, when the unnamed and unpredicted hurricane swept up the east coast, causing massive damage and destruction. One really old timer […]

Column: No death penalty, nor any other, said one jury

The decision by the Boston jury in favor of death for the Boston Marathon bomber brings back to me an altogether different decision in a homicide case I prosecuted in the 1950s. The applicable law allowed the jury to opt for death if a killing with malice aforethought was premediated and deliberate. There was evidence […]

Column: Back at college seven decades later

Later this month, my Yale class will be having a reunion. We are invited to describe to each other our present activities and what they mean to us. This is not to be just exchanging family photos but a search for significance in the present structures of our lives. For me, this is an occasion […]

Column: How we got our Rye golf course

As we note the 50th anniversary of Rye’s acquisition of its own golf course, it would be well to recall how it came about and who deserves the greatest credit for the acquisition. The course used to be privately owned and the time came when we on the City Council began to hear that the […]

Column: How we got our Rye golf course

As we note the 50th anniversary of Rye’s acquisition of its own golf course, it would be well to recall how it came about and who deserves the greatest credit for the acquisition. The course used to be privately owned and the time came when we on the City Council began to hear that the […]

Column: What to do about ISIS

The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations last week published a massive “Special Collection” entitled The ISIS Crisis. Editor Gideon Rose said in warning that, “We can’t promise that after reading it, you’ll know exactly what to do. But we can promise that you’ll have the information you need to think about the question intelligently.” […]

Column: Palestinians join the ICC

The New York Times on April 2 published on page A4 an article entitled “Palestinians Join International Criminal Court, and Tread Lightly at First.” The sub-title was, “No immediate request to look into cases that may implicate Israeli Officials.” The co-authors suggest that the Palestinian leadership is not immediately looking for prosecution of Israelis but […]