This is my 300th and last show.of The Advocates,
which was inaugurated in August of 2007. I want to thank Bill O’Shaughnessy, the President of WVOX-VIP radio and the driving force behind the 50 year success of this most independent of stations. Bill, who is one of our greatest advocates of freedom of speech and the press, is responsible for my having the opportunity to host the Advocates for these almost six full years. I also want to thank Don Stevens and all the support staff at WVOX-1460 AM radio.
The Last Shows in May, 2013
Some of the topics to be discussed on this last show: Immigration, taxes, the markets, the housing bust, education, politics, healthcare, Eurocentrism, and the future of America.
1) Which Party has really increased jobs and the Stock Market?
2) How did the housing bust really come about, and whose was at fault?
3) Tax Cuts, who they helped and didn't?
4) Immigration how it built America.
5) Healthcare, if it isn't reformed Medicare and Medicaid will be threatened.
6) Is the day of Eurocentric hegemony on the way out?
7) Why a house divided against itself cannot stand!
A lifelong New Yorker, I was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and was educated in the Mount Vernon public schools and graduated from Boston University with a BA in American History.
My daughter Dana guests on The Advocates
After spending a year on Wall Street as a research analyst with Bache & Co., I joined a manufacturing and importing firm, where over the next twenty-five years I rose to the position of chief operating officer. After the sale of that business, I entered into the financial services field with Metropolitan Life and for 15 years I was a Registered Representative, basically affiliated with Acorn Financial Services, a John Hancock Life Insurance Company Agency. During that period I specialized and focused on asset preservation through planning and long term care insurance.
In recent years my main interest was encouraging communities to seek ways to incorporate “sustainability and resiliency” into their future infrastructure planning with my late partner, and frequent guest on The Advocates, John Berenyi.
After a lifetime in politics, with many years working as a district leader, which involved party organizational work, campaign chair activity and numerous other political tasks, I have been involved with numerous civic and social causes. I served in 2005, as the campaign coordinator of the Re-Elect Paul Feiner Campaign in Greenburgh, NY and again chaired Supervisor Feiner’s successful landslide victory in 2007. With regards to local and national politics, I still keep an active interest.
I served as an appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, with responsibilities regarding the town’s “liaison program,” and I also was a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. I have spent many years lecturing on FDR, The New Deal and 20th century American history in: the Mount Vernon schools, at the Westchester Council of Social Studies annual conference in White Plains, and at many senior citizen groups, which include appearances at the Old Guard of White Plains, the Rotary Clubs of Elmsford and White Plains, and various synagogue groups around Westchester. In the winter of 2006, I was the leader of the VOCAL forum, sponsored by the Westchester County Office of Aging, which addresses the concerns of Westchester County’s Intergenerational Advocacy Educational Speak-out forums for senior citizens. I have given lectures for the Active Retirement Project, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, and other groups around Westchester County.
I was the founder and Chairperson of the Jon Breen Memorial Fund, that judged and granted annual prizes to students at Mount Vernon High School who wrote essays on public policy themes. The Fund also sponsors the Henry M. Littlefield History Prize for the leading MVHS history student. I currently serve on the Student College Scholarship Committee of Mount Vernon High School. In past years I chaired and moderated the Jon Breen Fund Award’s cablecast program with the Mayor and local and school officials. I was a member of the Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the committee to re-new the FDR Birthday Balls of the 1930’s and 1940’s with the March of Dimes’ effort to eliminate birth defects. Their renewal dinner was held at Hyde Park on January 30, 2003. I have been an active contributor to the Roosevelt Institute, which is involved in many pursuits which included the opening of the Henry A. Wallace Center at Hyde Park, and the Eleanor Roosevelt – Val-Kill Foundation. I am married to the former Linda Rosen and this July 27th we will celebrate our 44th anniversary. We have two children, Dana, who is married to Craig Sonis, and Jon, who is married to Dr. Jocelyn Soffer. The Advocates’
topics have ranged from the following:
1) Separation of Church and State, the Magna Carta- The Christian Right
2) The Supreme Court and FDR with Noah Feldman, Jeff Shesol, Burt Solomon
3) Healthcare in America-Doctors, oncologists, cancer clusters
4) Education Reform-educators, PhD programs
5) The New Deal and its impact - WPA, Frances Perkins, CCC
6) Voting Reform and new ballot machines
7) Alternate energy and sustainability, clean air and clean water
8) Libertarian views on government’s future
9) Big time sports in America, the First Olympics, The First Black Olympian
10) FDR: Jonathan Alter, William vanden Heuval, Chris Breiseth and many authors
11) Foreign policy: James Bradley, the Marshall Plan, Albert Wedemeyer and China
12) Religion- the role of mysticism , the meaning of the holidays
13) Wall Street-Goldman Sachs and Washington Reform
14) Media Bias, freedom of speech
15) Politics: Conventions, political parties: Doug Garr, Milt Hoffman, Alfred Zacher
16) 2nd Amendment – the NRA gun control, the Miranda Decision
17) Justice in America, legal aid, the courts,
18) Foreign policy: Burma, Middle East, Leon Blum in pre WWII France
19) Global Aging
20) Clean air, clean water, the Hudson River, Indian Point, climate change
21) Trusts, taxation and the enduring rights of the individual
22) JFK’s Enduring Legacy- Tom Putnam, head of the Kennedy Library
23) Markets and regulation, Jeff Madrick, Hedrick Smith
24) Child Abuse and Cover-ups and human trafficking
25) Planned Parenthood and family planning
Some of My Guests: Gail Collins, James Bradley, Charles Rangel, Professor Charles Perrow of Yale, Michael Curtis of Rutgers, Jonathan Alter, Bill vanden Heuval, Noah Feldman, Jeff Shesol and Burt Solomon (The Supreme Court), Adam Cohen (NY Times), Amy Bach, Tony Rudell, the birth of modern radio, Tom Nesi, and VIOXX, Jean Bodin, Ralph Branca, James Bradley, Professor Ray Madoff, Jeffrey Lyons, Andrew Roberts, Linda Fairstein, Deborah Lipstadt, Jeff Madrick, Hedrick Smith, Professor Yale Kamisar and many others.
Meanwhile the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy” issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.
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