By Steve Banko
For me, Christmas will always be found in the music.
From those long ago days of grammar school innocence when the nuns embarked on the crusade to drill the words of every carol in Christendom into my brain, until today – with innocence a faded memory but the joy of Christmas a constant prayer, I found great delight and consolation in the music of Christmas. Some of my most enduring memories involve those nuns, the songs they taught me, and the way we sang them. Continue reading
In days gone by in a previous Republican administration, that of Dwight Eisenhower, the cabinet was referred to as “nine millionaires and a plumber.” Donald Trump evidently does not know a plumber, so in 2017 we will instead have four or five billionaires and a bunch of bankers. Continue reading
While the results of the 2016 election for the two State Supreme Court seats in the 8th Judicial District were known on Election night, the final results warrant one more look. Those who seek future election and those who plan and run judicial elections will find some interesting takeaways from the numbers. Continue reading
Candidates for public office in New York State were required to file their last 2016 financial reports by December 5th. New reports will be available for all campaign committees in mid-January. One of the interesting things to note is the large sums of money that many candidates and their families loaned and donated to their campaigns. Continue reading
The 2016 presidential election campaign was certainly the strangest ever, so there’s no reason to think that the transition to and the start of the Trump administration will be any different. There are things to know and to learn as the new administration begins. Here are some, in no particular order. Continue reading