Runs Like A Girl.

Runs Like A Girl.

Dear Donald Trump, I really must thank you. After losing my 2011 election for Nassau County legislator by 106 votes (less than 1%), and being subsequently gerrymandered into an unwinnable, legislative Republican district, I swore I’d never run for political office again. But then, there you were, victorious on Election Night 2016, and I was […]

Me Too.

Me Too.

This past week, a social media thunderclap emerged from the following suggestion from actress Alyssa Milano: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”  According to ABC News, as of October 19, 2017, “1.4 million and counting tweets included the hashtag, along with more than 13 million […]

“Thoughts and Prayers”

“Thoughts and Prayers”

In December 2012, I sat at my desk on the upper west side of Manhattan and received a news alert of kindergartners and first graders being killed in their school.  As with most all parents that day, I immediately thought of my sons, one of whom was in Kindergarten, the other of whom was in […]

Service.

Service.

Many of my friends and colleagues have recently engaged in a religious ceremony that includes reflection of the previous year.  While I am not of that religion, I could not help but to be a bit reflective of my own activities of the past year.   I’ve been involved in local politics since 2011 when […]

Let’s Go to Work.   Labor Day, 2017.

Let’s Go to Work. Labor Day, 2017.

A thirteen year old Italian girl crosses the Atlantic with her mother and older sister, Annamaria. They are on a ship, the “SS Rex” – the last one out of Italy before Mussolini closed the port.  They are escaping the Nazis and headed to a place called “America” for a new life.  She doesn’t speak […]

How does one answer that?

How does one answer that?

I was speaking to a man at a street fair today, as a candidate, and he asked me if I had ever experienced discrimination as a female. First sir, I give you credit for asking. I’m a fan of addressing the un-pretty that exists, and I applaud you for directly addressing a question that most […]

Door Knocking: The Political Workout

Door Knocking: The Political Workout

  Today marks the close of what we in the political world call “petitioning.”  According to New York State law, all candidates must collect a specific number of signatures from voters registered in specific political parties in order to be represented on the ballot. For example, I’m running for Town of Oyster Bay council as […]

Motherhood & Politics

Motherhood & Politics

Mother’s Day, 2017 When you become a mother to one, you become a mother to all. I believe I first heard that quote from a woman wiser than me; perhaps Toni Morrison or Maya Angelou.  Yet today, when I searched online for the author of origin, I found none.  In a time when original thoughts and […]