Category Archives: Columns

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 […]

Column: 200,000 reasons to run

Drew Swiss, an Armonk resident and father of four, will celebrate his 56th birthday by running in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. It will be his 27thmarathon. That alone is pretty incredible. The fact that, this year, he’s raised more than $57,000 for Team for Kids, a New York Road Runner […]

Column: Fun police and the NLCS

Editor’s note: This column was written on Oct. 18 at noon, eight hours before the Cardinals and Dodgers take the field to play Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. Sometimes, sportswriters can be the absolute worst. We are currently five games into a wildly entertaining National League Championship Series and it’s becoming more […]

Column: What you need to know about STAR

All New York State homeowners receiving the basic STAR tax exemption must now register with the New York State Department of Taxation in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and going forward. Every current recipient will receive registration instructions by mail with a registration deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. Senior citizens receiving enhanced […]