Category Archives: Columns

Column: A farewell to Big Mase

No matter what the cultural landscape of the times, New York City has always been a place that has idealized the tough guy. Despite the multiple transformations of the city, New Yorkers—especially sports fans—have always hung onto the image of the Big Apple being the type of place where only those with the strongest of […]

Column: A new approach to addressing Albany

Last month, I read an article in an upstate newspaper detailing an assignment that a Cazenovia first grade teacher, Catharine Taylor had given to her students. Ms. Taylor taught her students a new phrase: state aid. The assignment was to write the governor and ask for their school’s state aid back. As one could imagine […]

Column: Join me in the water

As many of you know, it has been a very difficult and sad time for the Town of Harrison. Through these dark days, I was deeply moved by the expression of love, friendship and faith I witnessed among those grieving for the Hochman family. I am very proud of the way our entire town came […]

Column: The problems with the tax cap still persist

The constraints of the state’s 2 percent tax cap are again front and center as the trustees and I develop the village budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Since its inception, I have been a vocal critic of the tax cap, primarily because of the disincentive it created to repair aging infrastructure and the underlying […]

Column: ISIS: What’s in a name?

President Obama has been chided of late for not using a phrase like “Islamic extremists” to describe those who call themselves by the Arabic equivalent of “Islamic State.” He apparently does not want to lend credence to the notion that those extremists are, or behave in a fashion that can accurately be called “Islamic.” I […]

Column: Rethinking A-Rod

I never thought I’d say these words, but here it is; I’m an A-Rod defender. Before I go too far down this road, let me say right up front that I’m no fan of the Yankee third baseman. He’s a cheater and a liar, and worse than that—at least in my Red Sox-crazy mind—he’s a […]

Column: The KISS principle

Perhaps it’s my military background, but I must say that I am fond of acronyms.  Acronyms are abbreviated versions of a concept or an idea. Acronyms come to be because the people who invent them find them to be useful in their particular field. If an acronym is really useful, it can even cross over […]

Column: Another tragedy hits home

It is with great sorrow that I extend this expression of sympathy and compassion to my fellow community members and all who have been affected by the recent, tragic loss of Alissa and Deanna Hochman. The girls were cherished by their family, friends and teachers and by the Town/Village of Harrison. I encourage all those […]

Column: Some numbers on the sales tax front

Local sales tax collection is a reliable barometer of the health of the economy as a whole and local business districts in particular. The village just received its second sales tax payment of $233,000 for this fiscal year from New York State bringing our current total to $459,000 or just under 52 percent of our […]

Column: United Nations at the plate

The United Nations has been around a long time, 70 years in fact. Compared with the mere decade and a half that its League of Nations predecessor survived, seven decades is a very long time. And no one responsible is today talking about putting the U.N. out of its misery. Why is the U.N. still […]