Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Who controls city speech

Cities can speak with various voices. They can speak formally, through ordinances or resolutions. They can speak through actions, such as choosing to enforce or not enforce rules. They can speak by following one or another policy. Not very often does city speech figure explicitly in judicial decisions. But it happened last month in a […]

Column: Courts watching cops watching mosques

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit sits in a courthouse in Philadelphia, Penn., where I used to spend time as a young Philadelphia lawyer. The term “Philadelphia lawyer” used to be considered a bit shady. Actually, I believe it started as a compliment, being based on the successful defense of New […]

Column: Middle East parties, tread warily

The standing of the Palestinian Authority, PA, is bound to have been enhanced by the appearance on television of its President Mahmoud Abbas front and center in Paris among heads of state and government including the prime minister of Israel. I do not criticize our president for his absence, since I have no knowledge of […]

Column: A year in review

Before getting into strictly Rye events over the past year, I want to emphasize three foreign affairs developments of great significance. The first is the rapid emergence of the Islamic State. The second is the decline of the Russian economy and of Putin’s prestige with the drop in oil prices. The third is the rapprochement […]

Column: Mario Cuomo, RIP

When I first became interested in serving as a judge, Gov. Cuomo appointed me to the New York State Supreme Court. It is a court that functions separately in the different counties. I presided at trials in three of them, New York, Orange and Westchester counties. All my cases were civil at that time, none […]

Column: Mid-December Musings

Holiday lights When I was a small boy, my parents would put live candles in glass jars alongside several windows facing the street. We would carefully extinguish them before going to bed or if we were leaving the house. A few of the neighbors did the same, but most houses were dark. It was Depression […]

Column: Talking turkey with the City Council

Dear City Council members and Rye taxpayers: Here are a few bothersome issues that just won’t go away… 1) Who provided the “private funds” that paid for the slick fundraising ad that came in the mail on Nov. 21, featuring the mayor’s photo under that of Mayor Morehead, who donated the City Hall 50 years […]

Column: Rye teens and rugby

I was surprised to hear that there is a Rugby club being considered at Rye High School. My own experience with this sport began when I was 24 and had played enough football so that I could make an informed decision whether to take the risks involved in Rugby. The school authorities are no doubt […]