Category Archives: Columns

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: The fix is in?

When I stop and take measure, it’s pretty apparent that I’ve got a lot of crazy friends on Facebook. I’m not talking about your garden-variety social media neurotics either. Excessive baby photos, manic swings and compulsive relationship status updates; those are all par for the course. But somehow, it seems like, for whatever reason, about […]

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: End of year points of interest

This time of year prompts particular questions about the day to day whys and where fors in the village. Prime among them, now that it is peak shopping season, is the frustration seeing our parking enforcement officers seemingly intent on their meter duty and oblivious to driving infractions, most notably vehicles crossing double yellow lines […]

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 […]

The pain of loss

As a journalist, I’ve come to realize that, sometimes, the press cycle just isn’t going to work in my favor. Last week, I used my column to speak to the giddy sense of anticipation I get each winter when the MLB Hot-Stove season rolls around. By the time our papers came out, however, baseball had […]

Column: The need for infrastructure upgrades

Our nation’s aging infrastructure has been in the news of late, most recently with a major piece on “60 Minutes.”  The disaster of Hurricane Sandy and the consequent rebuilding efforts served to highlight the weakness in the infrastructure systems in our older states along the east coast.  Sadly, it takes a major catastrophe for our […]

Column: Town Board wants to dialogue

At the Dec. 4 town board meeting, a public hearing was held regarding proposed legislation for residential parking permits in the area surrounding the Metro-North train station. At the meeting, the town board suggested a plan to host an informal Town Hall forum, in early 2015, to further discuss the implementation of the proposed legislation […]

Column: Rye’s future leaders take to dais

The juxtaposition could not have been more appropriate. As Rye’s current and former public servants rose to regale the audience in the Council Chambers at City Hall last week, perched behind them on the dais and peering down over their shoulders, and providing a backdrop never heretofore seen in this venue, was a smart-looking group […]