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4 days ago 7 comments Categories: Politics Tags: Harassment, predators
The proverbial water cooler discussion over the past week involved sexual harassment and worse. The political scientist in me viewed what occurred as a perverse exercise of power.   Acts totally unjustified.   I tweeted a Newsday editorial with my own spin, “Protecting #predators & letting acts go unpunished, endangers more people. Shame too on enablers.”   So many stories came out and one theme that interests me involves what kept the perpetrator of such harm in place...
11 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Basketball, court
Yesterday involved a new milestone very important to me. I certainly welcomed it and gladly survived it. I write not about some annual date which always merits celebration reaching a level generally considered symbolic. Yesterday marked a return to court (and not the legal variety that a friend advised I strongly consider). A leg ailment and a summer primary combined to keep me from playing my regular twice a week basketball. Shelly “instructed” me to play only one ga...
18 days ago 2 comments Categories: City Blogs Tags: Kosciuszko Bridge, Governor Cuomo
This morning after hosting some members of Shelly’s family the eve before for Break Fast, we woke early to observe “The Energetic Felling of the Old Kosciuszko Bridge.” We drove to 400 Kingsland Avenue in Brooklyn where we parked. A brief ceremony preceded featuring Governor Andrew Cuomo, Member of Congress Carolyn Maloney who secured the federal funding for the new bridge(s) and Member of the Assembly Joe Lentol who represents Greenpoint. Some friends in labor and gover...
25 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags: Hofstra Law, Gotham
Gatherings serve many purposes. Discussed one last week. There were two this weekend. One tested me a bit since the bat in the rear of my car failed to see the light of day in slightly more than a year. The other represented a test of connection and how things endure despite distance in time and place. Technology prevailed in both cases; it facilitated both events; yet neither in theory required tech to occur. Just a few weeks out, I expressed real doubt Gotham could pull...
33 days ago 18 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
This morning into afternoon members of the Bearak, Stone and Stark clans gather to celebrate a special milestone: Mom’s 80th.  If not for my involvement a primary election involving my good friend and client, the party (and this blog) would have occurred the weekend before. Anyway, mom got a nice present when she got to visit and view the new apartment grandson Doug (my eldest nephew) just occupied after a great deal of effort to secure just the right place at the right pric...
40 days ago 6 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
Last week I wrote of possibly starting over, technology-wise.   This week, an update of sorts.   Wednesday after attending a funeral for the dad of a friend with whom I play basketball, I powered up my phone and found an alert from the Manhasset Apple Store.   It advised the MacBook Pro I brought in only four days before for repair was ready for pick up. When I left my MacBook for repair the Apple genius bar folks advised the hurricane that hit Texas may impact the timeli...
46 days ago 3 comments Categories: Tech News Tags:
It was not quite going on the disabled list. But when the device I relied on for some 24 months went dark, it unnerved some. After all the following week would be busy. At the time, 11 days were left in a Primary re-election race I am guiding for a friend who serves with distinction and great energy in public office. I had my iPhone and iPad but I really rely on my Mac. My wife suggested I have two devices; something I need to think about now. In the meantime I work fro...
53 days ago 4 comments Categories: Politics Tags: tolling, congestion pricing, bridge tolls, Queensborough Bridge
A signature issue involves keeping our free East River and Harlem River bridges toll-free.   Today, as senior advisor to Keep NYC (Congestion Tax) Free, I join elected officials and community leader at a news conference near the entrance to the Ed Koch Queensborough Bridge to remind policymakers it still makes sense to keep the status quo with respect to placing tolls on the aforementioned and several other bridges that remain free. [Credit Photo on Corey's iPhone by Rach...
61 days ago 14 comments Categories: Games Tags: Baseball Citifield, Mets, Yankees
The week past I ran two different group outings on successive days to Citifield. Both teams on the field represented New York.   The first eve, we also raised some money for a Foundation I served as President for a two-year stint.   The second eve, for this networking group, I connected some folks who might benefit from the introduction.   I enjoyed both games, despite my team losing both games; a rarity for this ultra-competitive sports enthusiast.   Dining out last nigh...
67 days ago 9 comments Categories: Games Tags: Baseball, MLB
I enjoy friends with rather diverse work and professional “assignments.” Not unusual to find some associated with a cause derived from their work. One such cause involves baseball. Not how the games get played. Not who plays it, coaches it, umps it or runs it. It involves how several hundred former players get screwed. As someone who advises labor unions and elected officials who make the plights of working families paramount, it infuriates this correspondent to learn a...
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