By MICHAEL SCHENKLER
daughter Allison celebrated her Bat Mitzvah this week – the Jewish right
of passage when a student accepts adult responsibility as a member of the
Jewish community and is eligible to read from the Torah.
is my toast to Allison, given at a party in her honor at Caffé on the
me the privilege of making a toast,
Of telling a story, and permit me to boast,
Sit back, relax, I’m taking my time,
Of our Allison Carly, I’ve written this rhyme.
Tribune Photo By Dee
behalf of Lillian and brother Lee,
On behalf of both grandmas and the whole family,
We thank you all for coming and sharing this day,
We wouldn’t dream of doing it any other way.
her beginning, she’s been making us smile,
With her spunk, and her wisdom, her wit,
and her style,
Born the flying “Mooshkie,” and raised as the “Moo,”
She’s an utter pleasure, and she’s moovelous, too.
is our little lady and we love her, and how,
Said when she grows up, she wants to be a cow,
Or an actress, or teacher, or lawyer,
or writer like me,
Whatever it is, she’ll be the best she can be.
at her Bat Mitzvah, she made us all proud,
She studied the language and chanted out loud,
She’s a diligent student, a hard-working girl,
If she puts her mind to it, she can conquer the world.
proved it in school, in orchestra and more,
She’s talented and gifted and writes like her pa,
She’s got the wisdom of ages and a wit that is rare,
A punster, a gamester, is our daughter fair.
polite to a fault; don’t know where it comes from,
She’s serious quite often, but loves to have fun,
She plays with her friends, and she rides her bike,
But she doesn’t go camping and she’ll never hike.
likes to draw and she loves to write,
She’s a wiz on computer and online all night,
Words are her fodder, she spins them with skill,
Reading her writing gives me a thrill.
without all the talent, and without the poise,
And without comparing her to girls and to boys,
Without the pleasures she’s brought to our life,
She gives wondrous meaning to me and my wife.
her hugs and her smiles, she whispers, “I love you”
She’s full of warmth, and full of other things too,
To us, she’s the best, just ask brother Lee,
Cause even when wrong, she’s all right to us three.
Allie, some advice from a father, who loves you so much,
Use your mind, and your charm, and your special touch
To try to right wrongs and help those who are in need,
In Hebrew, it’s Mitzvah, but it’s just a good deed.
know that you’re caring, and know wrong from what’s right,
I know you’ll do battle with all of your might,
I know the world needs you, your friends, and lots more,
Civilization’s at stake, and I don’t like the score.
not going on, she’s embarrassed enough,
But I don’t get to brag often, so Allison... tough.
On behalf of those who couldn’t make it and everyone here,
We raise our glasses and wish you good cheer.
life filled with challenges, with happiness and health,
What you do to help others is the real wealth,
I’m not worried a bit, cause I knew right from the start,
That of all of your wonders, the best is your heart.
today is the beginning of the rest of your life,
May it be filled with happiness more than with strife,
May you always see beauty, may you always spread joy,
May you get as much pleasure from your own girl or boy.
my “Mooshkie,” my “Allie,” my “Baby,” my “Moo,”
No matter how far, we’ll always love you,
No matter how old, you’ll still be our girl,
Even though someday you’ll conquer this world.
all dance and make merry and party today,
And celebrate Allie and her special day,
We thank you for coming; you’ve made us quite glad,
Now Allison Carly, come kiss your dad!
Focused & Driven
Mulrow called and asked to meet. Sure I knew the name; I had seen his
picture — I’m not sure I would have recognized him; but I knew he was
the Democratic candidate in the race for State comptroller against Alan
Bill Mulrow & Trib Publisher
Tribune Photo By Tamara Hartman
if I didn’t express it adequately last week in my interview with Hevesi
– written before I met with Mulrow – Alan is bright, knowledgeable and
a Queens kid who grew up on the same streets and attended the same schools
as I did. After a long career in public service and a rocky run for Mayor,
I assumed Alan would waltz into a well-deserved position as NYS
things don’t always come that easily in politics.
I was ready to meet with Bill Mulrow, I was also ready to be cordial and
quickly dismiss him as a viable alternative to my friend from Forest
Mulrow is driven, charismatic, knowledgeable, bright, articulate and a
very impressive political neophyte. In an interview, he handles himself as
well as any. He stood up to the toughest challenges and has obviously
schooled himself in public finance and the job of NYS comptroller. Bill
Mulrow deserves serious consideration. Whether or not I wind up where I
expected to be, Bill Mulrow will be in this race till the end — closing
the huge name recognition gap that 30 years of public service and four
citywide campaigns have given to Hevesi. This race will be a lot closer
than I would have imagined and a lot closer than Hevesi could have
is charming. “Why are you running?” I asked.
wife asks me that every once in a while,” retorted the successful
investment banker who has so far poured a million dollars into his own
campaign. “This is the right time and right office for me,” explained
Mulrow. And for a position of checks and balances requiring independence,
Mulrow believes he is in a “better situation” than an opponent who is
a product of the system.
was just one of a number of well-placed strategic shots aimed at Hevesi in
the middle of Hevesi country.
York City’s pension fund has “under-performed its peers,” he
charged. However, as of this writing, Mulrow’s staff has not produced
the backup to validate the claim.
have a $6 billion budget gap today, but the past 10 years have been the
best in history of mankind in terms of economic boom,” and he asked
where is the boost to City from that? What happened to the investment? he
inquired, “Where was the Comptroller’s office was on the School
Construction Authority gap... the 3-plus billion dollar shortfall that
occurred while Hevesi served as City comptroller.
was a strong Mayor and he ruled the city as he pleased,” charged Mulrow,
suggesting that Hevesi was not an effective watchdog.
Comptroller’s, “first, primary and most important role has to be
fiduciary because you are a public pension fund manager,” explained
Mulrow citing his independence and experience to set him apart.
Thompson is doing a good job,” he said of Hevesi’s successor,
explaining he has “revamped the investment policies of the City and he
is a player in trying to estimate the budget gap.”
other theme throughout the hour-and-a-half interview was of his very
modest economic roots. The product of Irish immigrants repeatedly reminded
us he was, “raised in the Bronx in a five-story walk up.” Mulrow lived
in Bayside for a couple of years and still has fond memories of “walking
Avenue in this nice little neighborhood of houses and trees . . . a city
street that looked like a suburban street.” His Wall Street jobs took
him to Manhattan then finally Westchester.
attacked the State budget as “laughable,” placing all the blame on
Governor Pataki without criticizing a single Democrat.
State is #1 in “general obligation debt in the country with $38 billion;
California is second with $22 billion....There is $60 billion worth of off
balance sheet debt,” charged Mulrow. He challenged the growth rate
assumption and pointed to “one-shot” fixes that will haunt the State
in the future. Yet, when asked if either State Comptroller Carl McCall or
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were at all responsible for the situation,
Mulrow seemed to play the perfect party politician and avoided blaming any
Democrat for contributing to the State’s failure.
opposes term limits, calling for public finance of campaigns on a
statewide level to fix the broken system.
pledged, in the future, to personally cap contributions to avoid the
appearance of conflict. He pointed to the need to attract “better people
to public life.”
favors casino gambling both upstate and in the Rockaways as an additional
a majority of the State convention and 40 out of 62 State County
Democratic leaders, Mulrow claimed victory in the inside political game
against a 30-year political veteran Hevesi. “Name recognition in
politics is the easiest thing to get,” he claimed dismissing the great
disparity in the polls between himself and Hevesi.
out there talking about the issues. I’m working. I’ve been in the
financial business for 30 years. There’s something right about that,”
explained Mulrow responding to how he was going to overtake the poll
York needs long-term solutions,” he
explained. “We got into this problem over the course of many
years....Taxes aren’t the real answer,” he insisted. “This is the
largest tax state in the country,” he emphasized. The real answer is the
“State and the City are going to have to live within their means . . .
we must bring more business to the state to raise revenue.”
you are “clearly not happy with what has gone on in government, then you
need me,” he resonated. “I’d like to change the way they do
experienced, independent, honest; someone who can be a financial watchdog
and fight for the average guy on the street,” he concluded.
by Dom Nunziato