The last two weeks, Lorraine and I were involved in “Surprise Parties”. At a surprise party, you are not allowed to be late…or you will ruin the surprise. That is the most callous thing a person can do- ruin the surprise.
One of the very best judges I worked with when I practiced law was Michael B. Mukasey, who went on to serve with great distinction as our Attorney General under President George W. Bush. Judge Mukasey had a favorite saying: “If not for the last minute, nothing would ever get done.”
Of the six years I have been privileged to serve in the State Assembly, this is the first in which Albany has failed to deliver an on-time budget. While some might say that five out of six is not a bad average, every New Yorker has now experienced the havoc and anxiety resulting from the failure of state government to produce New York’s budget before the expiration of “the last minute.”
On behalf of the Plainview Water District, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for your continued efforts in conserving water during this hot and demanding summer.
With your cooperation, the district was able to meet the water demand of all its consumers and continued to provide adequate water pressure throughout the system, which provides the ability to fight fires in the community.
On a Saturday at the end of May a year ago, my wife and I went to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, one of the premier spots in the NYC metropolitan area to witness the annual avian spring migration. The first things we hear are the sounds of birds. In my high-powered scope is a vocalist, the rufous-sided towhee. It’s a striking black and white bird with an amber eye and a generous dash of rust on its side. Its bill opens, sending out calls into the morning air.
It has been said that we human beings sleep away one-third of our given lives. Those eight hours that we spend on mattresses during the night could be put to much better use. Imagine if Albert Einstein, Albert Schweitzer or Charles Darwin could have had all that productive time to invent things to better humanity. What a waste!
I want to share a story with you about a courageous little girl named Julia who lives in my hometown of Glen Cove. Julia was born with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis. The disorder causes tumors to grow on nerves. NF will often lead to other conditions such as cardiovascular problems, chronic pain, blindness, deafness, bone defects, disfigurement and many other complications. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Either you like to gamble, or you don’t.
I like to gamble a little bit. When I go to Las Vegas or Atlantic City or Foxwoods, I have an automatic cutoff machine. When I lose too much money, I get dour and depressed. I want to leave and go home. I won’t cash any more bills, and I find a quiet place to just watch other people gamble. At most, I go two or three times a year to casinos.
What is this? Are we in a third-world country?
In the past week, we- the Greenbergs of Jericho- have suffered two separate and debilitating outages.
First, we came home to a non-television evening. We had to listen to the Mets game on the radio. After that, there was nothing left to do but read. I am not into an interesting book at present, so The New York Post and Newsday were the reading material of choice.
On May 27, newly elected Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos proudly announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate- after less than 5 months in office! Such a disgraceful and cynical abuse of our nation’s electoral process, as well as such a slap-in the face to every citizen who voted for him, should not go unchallenged.
Clearly, campaigning against current Senator Charles Schumer will leave Comptroller Maragos limited time in which to better learn his relatively new job-which we are paying him to do. If he wins, he will undoubtedly have left many of his campaign promises unfulfilled.
We’ll Take Manhattan….
9 a.m. in Jericho on a Saturday with no plans!
What to do? Where to go? Don’t waste the day!
Step One: Get The New York Times and The New Yorker. See what plays in which you have an interest in seeing a matinee are running.
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