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The Cover Story

Posted on January 11, 2015

One of my favorite remembrances about Mario Cuomo was when he was first elected. In 1983, the newly-minted governor had to do some redecorating in the Executive Mansion because when he had a walk-through of the mansion shortly after the 1982 election, he found mirrors on the bedroom ceiling, red walls and tacky carpeting left Continue Reading »

Mario Cuomo Meets the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Posted on January 4, 2015

It was October 14, 1990 when Governor Mario Cuomo walked into 770 Eastern Parkway, the Lubavitch World Headquarters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, to meet with the leader of the Lubavitch sect of Judaism, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. It was a brief meeting, less than 90 seconds but the meeting reverberated worldwide. You Continue Reading »

First Journalist in Space

Posted on January 4, 2015

In October 1984, on my way back to Albany from Washington, DC, I was listening to WTOP radio and heard about NASA accepting applications for the First Journalist in Space program. The news anchor was giving out the address to request an application while I was driving. Talk about distracted driving, I leaned over to Continue Reading »

Mario Cuomo: Never Backed Away From Controversy

Posted on January 4, 2015

One of my favorite memories about Governor Mario Cuomo was how he never ran away from a confrontation. Shortly after Cuomo took office in 1983, Jerry Gillman, the station owner of WDST, one of my client stations, told me that he had a conversation with Mario when he was a candidate. Gillman would publicly endorse Continue Reading »

Reflections about a Genuine New York Governor

Posted on January 4, 2015

I began my career as a capital reporter in 1978 while I was a college student at the University at Albany, known as SUNYA then. My first interview was March of that year with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, at the ribbon-cutting of the completion of the Empire State Plaza. Moving into his third floor office adjacent Continue Reading »

Mario Cuomo’s Close Ties to the Jewish Community

Posted on January 4, 2015

Mario Cuomo was more than a story teller about how he was close to the Jewish community of all denominations. He brought into his close circle of confidants an assistant to the governor for Jewish affairs, he favored the village of Kiryas Joel maintain a separate school district despite a US Supreme Court ruling to Continue Reading »

Mario Cuomo: The Shabbos Goy

Posted on January 4, 2015

Many reporters have referred to The Shabbos goy story in their coverage of New York’s 52nd chief executive but I have not read any details of the story. I was there when the Governor delivered his remarks before Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. Here is his story: When I was growing up in South Jamaica, Queens Continue Reading »

Welcome to My Living Room But No Interview For You

Posted on November 27, 2014

ALBANY – The Touré-Raichel Collective, a quartet of musicians from Mali and Israel, rolled into The Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Saturday, November 22nd. They played for 90 minutes, almost non-stop and with one encore. The Collective is made up of Israel native Idan Raichel on piano and keyboard, Malian native Continue Reading »

Jews Lose Seats In NY State Races

Posted on November 19, 2014

ALBANY – The contingent of Jewish lawmakers at the state Capitol in Albany just got a bit smaller as a result of retirements, resignations, and last week’s elections. Last year, the 150-member Assembly boasted 27 Jews among its ranks, with 11 women and one Republican. After this most recent election, there are four fewer Jewish Continue Reading »

Governor, State Leaders Head to Israel

Posted on August 12, 2014

New York State Government Leaders Leave for Unity Trip to Israel In demonstration of solidarity with Israel, New York leaders join together to lead bipartisan unity delegation August 12-14. Albany, NY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced a unity visit reaffirming Continue Reading »

Joe Torre, From Brooklyn to Cooperstown

Posted on July 29, 2014

COOPERSTOWN, NY — At 74 years old, Joe Torre seems sanguine with his position in the annals of baseball. He freely admits he wasn’t inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his talents on the field as a player or for being a manager for three teams – the Mets, Braves and Cardinals – Continue Reading »

Hudson Synagogue Celebrates 125 Years

Posted on July 11, 2014

It all began in 1888, about the same time the Jewish population began to flourish in other American cities such as Albany and Kingston, when there were only Orthodox Jews. Based in Hudson, NY, Congregation Anshe Emeth remained an Orthodox congregation for 73 years. As the community began to change from Orthodoxy to Conservatism so Continue Reading »

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