Category Archives: Columns

Column: The next generation of storytellers

In 2005, the first homemade video was uploaded to YouTube and the face of filmmaking was forever changed. Anyone interested in making movies could easily connect with other likeminded auteurs and, through this online collaboration, tell their stories in a way that never existed before. In 2005, Gabrielle Giacomo was nine years old and most […]

Column: A bullying problem in the NFL

On Nov. 4, Miami Dolphins’ lineman Richie Incognito was dismissed from the team indefinitely after charges of harassment and bullying were leveled against him by former teammate Jonathan Martin, who reportedly left the team due to his alleged treatment at the hands of Incognito and other veteran players. According to sources, Martin, a second-year player, […]

Column: Unfunded mandates: Enough is enough

I have been asked to join a panel of New York State mayors to set the state legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session for our parent organization, the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials. Though, at times, I have felt it an exercise in futility of late due to inaction on […]

Column: City Council updates: Results matter

As the election silly season winds down this week, the fundamentals of the city have never been stronger, despite enormous economic and storm-related challenges. The city’s financials are strong, infrastructure improvements are underway, future improvements are funded, labor contracts have a new way forward, Rye Golf Club is back on the right strategic path and […]

Column: A bit of non-partisan politics

This is the first time I have been able to raise my voice on a political matter since my second appointment to a New York State Court. After reaching the age of 70, I was required to retire as a full-time trial judge, but was glad to receive designation as a judicial hearing officer, or […]

Column: Vote, even if it’s terrible now

I was always attuned to the democratic process. If you want that as a pick-up line, it’s yours. When I was a kid, voting was a big deal to me. I couldn’t wait to be old enough to do it. There was a mystique about that big, gray machine. What went on in there? What […]

Column: A slice of Italy, 4,000 miles away

The renowned Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi once said, “You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” and I’m inclined to agree with him. However, the long distance and expensive airfare from here to Verdi’s paradise forced me to find something a little bit closer to home in order to get my Italian fix. […]

Column: Fan for a night

On Saturday night, I did something I have not done since before I took over my beat in 2007. I went to a high school sports contest, not as a reporter, but as a fan. Now, don’t get me wrong; I root for our local sports teams. I’m always glad to see Mamaroneck walk away […]

Column: A treaty never broken

When German immigrants arrived in the hill country of Texas in the mid-1840s, they not only escaped the turmoil that erupted in Germany in 1848, they also achieved a peaceful arrangement with the existing inhabitants rivaling that of William Penn in Philadelphia, and never breached. The leader of the new arrivals, who anglicized his name […]