Category Archives: Columns

Column: March with us on Memorial Day

At this year’s—our 95th annual Memorial Day Parade, we are reviving a tradition of asking our village veterans to march with us. The village has no organized veterans associations, unlike the American Legion Post and VFW in neighboring Eastchester, whose members have long joined us in our parade. We hope this year to combine forces […]

Column: A Healthier Sound Shore

I am constantly amazed at how hard local people work to better the lives of others in our community, especially our children. Last week, I was part of a small group that presented Rye’s new drug and alcohol coalition to the Rye YMCA’s Healthy Sound Shore Coalition at its monthly meeting. Although I have known […]

Column: I’ll see you at the parade

I am happy to report that Harrison was recently chartered as a new chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the country. UNICO’s objectives are to promote the image of Italian Americans, and their Italian heritage and culture, while supporting and assisting various charitable organizations. Each year, UNICO National contributes substantial sums […]

Column: No death penalty, nor any other, said one jury

The decision by the Boston jury in favor of death for the Boston Marathon bomber brings back to me an altogether different decision in a homicide case I prosecuted in the 1950s. The applicable law allowed the jury to opt for death if a killing with malice aforethought was premediated and deliberate. There was evidence […]

Column: Deflate-great!

“More probable than not.” In the grand scheme of things—or in a court of law—those four words aren’t too damning. But as they relate to Tom Brady’s part in “Deflategate,” they’re more than powerful enough to ensure that the golden boy gets his just deserts. Last week, an NFL-sponsored report into the Patriots’ ball-deflating scandal […]

Column: Some final answers before the budget vote

    Next Tuesday, May 19, the citizens of Rye will vote on the proposed 2015-2016 school budget. This budget maintains the excellent school system we value here in Rye. Over the last several years, the Rye City Board of Education and administration have instituted many cost saving measures: eliminating 61.9 full-time equivalent positions, capturing […]

Column: Back at college seven decades later

Later this month, my Yale class will be having a reunion. We are invited to describe to each other our present activities and what they mean to us. This is not to be just exchanging family photos but a search for significance in the present structures of our lives. For me, this is an occasion […]

Column: An exciting spring in Harrison

On Saturday, May 9, World War II heroes of the Hudson Valley were honored with a special celebration. I would like to take this time to recognize West Harrison resident Charles Demicco. Mr. Demicco served in the military during World War II. He recently gathered with other regional honorees and traveled to the Westchester County […]

Column: What your DPW does for you

The beautiful stretch of spring weather serves as a perfect backdrop for our beautifully flowering village. It is only fitting then that I write about the functions of our Department of Public Works which is greatly responsible for the care and quality of this village streetscape. Just 17 strong plus a foreman, (down from a […]

Column: Pay-Per-Boos

If there are two certainties in life, they are death and taxes. If there is another one, it’s that a high-profile Pay-Per-View featuring Floyd Mayweather will inevitably be a dud. I’ve been a boxing fan for years; the kind of fan who will gladly tune into a fight on SNY between two boxers I’ve never […]