2011 Fall Update

Like many of you who are receiving this I am doing my best to make the world a better place. Some days are better than others and most victories impossible to accomplish alone. To that end, I hope that this update as well as the last one inspire you to join a particular cause with me or are useful to you in other ways.

and last but not least,

 Rising Stars 40 Under 40

Named in “40 Under 40” by City Hall News

This year I was included in City Hall News “Rising Stars: 40 Under 40.” Thank you to those who have helped set me on this path, worked with me and supported me in the endeavors for which I received this recognition. From the article:


The latest census figures show New York has 4,617,307 residents under 40 years old. Only 40 of them can fit on our annual list of Rising Stars. So what does it take to make the cut? It helps to have made a difference already.

Read the profile by clicking here or read about all 40 by clicking here.

Fighting for Fair Redistricting

In 2008 the Senate Republicans signed Mayor Ed Koch’s NY Uprising Redistricting Pledge, called themselves “Heroes of Reform,” then went back on their word by killing Cuomo's redistricting bill in the Rules Committee, and not even letting it out for a public hearing.  

As Executive Director of New Roosevelt Initiative, I joined Bill Samuels in leading two rallies for redistricting reform with a dozen local and statewide activist groups, including ACT NOW, the New York Democratic Lawyers and Law Students Councils, as well as local chapters of New York State Young Democrats. The rallies took place in the districts of two newly elected Republican State Senators, Jack Martins (Nassau) and Greg Ball (Westchester), who ran on a platform of reform but joined the status quo as soon as they got to Albany.


You can watch both rallies on YouTube. Coverage of the Westchester Rally can also be found in the New York Observer, the Patch and the Westchester Examiner. The Nassau Rally was covered on Capital TonightThe Albany Project and the Long Island Herald with pictures are available on Facebook.

If Independent Redistricting is something you care about too, please consider testifying before the NYS Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) on September 20 in Brooklyn, September 21 in Manhattan, September 22 in Staten Island, or October 5 in Long Island. For more information visit www.latfor.state.ny.us or send me an electronic mail for the details.

State Constitutional Law Internship

New Roosevelt is continuing its fight to make New York’s legislature the best in the nation, by focusing on systemic problem in our State’s government that can be traced back to the New York State Constitution. Please forward this on to any graduate or law students who might be interested in spending a semester or more joining us in our original research studying the Constitution of New York and all fifty states.

Community Board 8 Speaks on Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Fighting for Democracy and Other Challenges Facing Our Neighbors on Roosevelt Island

CB8 Speaks - Roosevelt IslandPlease join me next Thursday, on Community Board 8 Speaks interviewing Matthew Katz the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) where we will be discussing how to get involved in the local community, fighting for democracy and to keep the local post office open as well as news on a changes to the existing retail corridor and a possible new science campus.

The program will air at 9:30PM on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Thursday, September 29, 2011 on Time Warner Cable channel 34, RCN channel 82 and Versizon FiOS channel 33. You can also click here to watch online

CB8 Speaks - Street Life CommitteeHow to Deal with Bad Neighbor Bars and Restaurants

Street Life Committee Co-Chairs Cos Spagnoletti and Nick Viest stopped by CB8 Speaks in June to share how your Community Board can help you deal with bad neighbor bars and restaurants as well as what you can do to support businesses struggling near the Second Avenue Subway Construction. Even if you missed it on MNN you can watch my first show as a host online by clicking here

How to Get Involved in Your Community Board

You can also learn about the how to join Community Board 8 Manhattan as a regular member or public member as well as about the new CB8M.com website and open source in my first appearance on Community Board 8 Speaks in May of last year by watching online by clicking here.

Special thanks to Community Board 8 Manhattan Communications Committee Co-Chairs Will Sanchez and David Rosenstein as well as fellow Public Member Monica McKane Sanchez for their dedication and commitment.

Vacancy on the East Side

Congratulations to Assembly Member Dan Quart who was elected last week in a Special Election on September 13, 2011. Under New York State Law a candidate for Assembly must live in an Assembly or Senate District one year prior to the election date. As a resident of the adjacent Assembly District on the Upper East Side, I was proud to do my part to support Dan Quart’s candidacy to succeed Assembly Member Jonathan L. Bing, for whom I served as Chief of Staff from 2007 through 2009.

On the Business Front

My legal practice which provides corporate and litigation services continues to grow. Congratulations to A-List Staff, which recently launched aliststaff.com. If you are in the service industry and looking for staff, please visit the site and support this business.

CB8 Speaks - Public MembershipCongratulations to SandInYourShoes.org, built by Kallos Consulting, on its recent site launch. The site was founded by a former Managing Editor of the Queens Tribune to provide a new frank local voice to Queens residents disappointed in local government and journalism. Please visit the site to join the virtual town hall, read and comment on the editorials, find out about local events, and browse one of the largest collections of local historic photographs out there on the net.


After trying and failing to lose weight through healthy diet alone, �I learned that I need to add exercise to the weight loss equation. Joining Asphalt Green and religiously attending their evening group classes has helped me to be in better shape at 30 years old than I was in my late-twenties with weight loss of 15 pounds since my last newsletter and the completion of my first triathlon in Central Park.

NYC SwimBrooklyn Bridge Swim

This summer I joined more than 400+ swimmers for the annual 1K Brooklyn Bridge Swim across the East River. I invite you to join me next year for the swim and join the sponsor NYC Swim in taking back our rivers for a City that will one day have more accessible and sustainable waterways. You can click here to watch last year’s swim on YouTube.

Free Summer Rides with Hazon and NYC Century with Transportation Alternatives

On many Sundays this Summer I joined Hazon for their free summer rides to Katonah and Nyack. I recently to put these training rides to good use by supporting Transportation Alternatives, the City’s advocates for pedestrians, bicycling, and public transit, as participant in this year’s NYC Century, where many of us biked 78+ miles around Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

New York City Parks Recreation Centers

While gyms around New York City can cost more than $100 a month, you may want to consider one of more than 40 local New York City Parks Recreation Centers, many of which have indoor pools. As part of the BeFitNYC program you can visit any center for free on the first Monday of the month, with free memberships for youth under 18, $25 membership for seniors 62 and up, and $100 or $150 for centers with without and with a pool, respectively for the year.

Thank You

Special thanks to those of you who joined in the celebration of my thirtieth birthday this February at the Plaza either in person or in spirit. Thank you for your well wishes, love, friendship, and support over the years.


Pictures from the event are available on facebook.

Celebrate the “40 Under 40” by City Hall News

You may have noticed a trend of saving the best for last as a reward for those of you who read to the bottom of these lengthy updates, so here you go:

Please join City Hall News
in celebrating this years
Rising Starts 40 Under 40
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
6:00PM to 9:00PM
at the
Woolworth Tower Kitchen
233 Broadway
(enter around the corner on 9 Barclay street)

Last Update

Missed the last update and want to get caught up? Click here to read the New Year’s Update.