Category Archives: Columns

Column: Food for thought

When the calendar hits November, there are some high school sports certainties on which I’ve begun to rely. Tuckahoe battling Haldane for the Class D football title is one. More often than not, I know I’ll be watching teams like Mamaroneck field hockey and Bronxville girls soccer competing against the other top teams in the […]

Column: Holiday kitchen dreams

Most of us spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in our house and this is especially true throughout the holiday season when the kitchen becomes the focal point of your home. During this time of year, kitchens are not only filled with the immediate family, they’re also cluttered with welcome, and […]

Column: What did you just vote for?

As you read this, you may have just colored in your paper ballot circles for election for various county, town and judicial offices, as well as a record six New York State Constitutional Amendments. As a caution, the Amendme­nts were on the flip side of the absentee ballot and very easy to miss. As point […]

Column: A look in the mirror

With some state and local issues put to rest, at least temporarily, by the Nov. 5 election, it is a good time to look at a foreign policy question of great importance. The question is, how can we fairly judge whether a particular national action or policy is effective and ethical? A prominent U.S. government […]

Column: I thought of you during Sandy

There were two moments during my coverage of Hurricane Sandy last year I remember most. The first came the morning of the storm as I left Mamaroneck’s Harbor Island Park. I’d just had a conversation with Mayor Norman Rosenblum, who was in the park in his rain slicker trying to shoo onlookers from the area. […]

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 […]