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December 20, 2014

Saint Francis Comes to Brooklyn

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
To get to Brooklyn Borough Hall, from the United Nations, it is best to take the Brooklyn Bridge.

Last week I received a last-minute invitation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and "The Committee for Frate Francesco” to attend the grand opening of the historic...

November 22, 2014

Verrazano and the Discovery of Staten Island

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Sailing the Inner New York Bay today.

Given that we are currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of a misspelled bridge I thought an excerpt from my book, "The Staten Island Italian American Experience," briefly...

August 27, 2014

Andrew Cuomo: Tribulations and Perhaps Trials

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
I came across this "Sham Construction" company truck across from my house in Park Slope, Brooklyn and wondered whether it was the start of a "truth in advertising" movement that might be adopted by political campaign strategists. Aye, there's the rub.

Andy, the least lovable Cuomo is in deeper stuff than usual. The New Times reported recently that he “hobbled” investigations by the Commission he established when it got too...

May 14, 2014

Rather Grimm Fairytales

Jerry Krase
11th U.S. Congressional District New York State Immigration Action Fund
The 11th United States Congressional District is currently represented by Michael Grimm (R). It covers all of Staten Island and some southern Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, and Gravesend. He is being challenged for the position by Domenic Recchia (D).

Dominic M. Recchia is trying to fill the somewhat dirty shoes of incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm. However, I must warn him that strange things have happened to those elected...

March 21, 2014

The Irish Routes of Success for a few Italian American Politicians

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Last year I was invited to march with friends who are members of the Brooklyn's Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. We started here at the family mass at St. Saviours R.C. Church.

There is an excess of successful Italian American politicians in the New York Metropolitan Area and as I’ve spent too much time on NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, I shall turn my...

January 16, 2014

Pizzagate According to Me (Pizzagate secondo me)

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
What more can one say about frozen pizza dough and Pizzagate?

As with abstinence, Pizzagate leaves a great deal to be desired.

January 7, 2014

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Gracie Mansion

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Waiting to see Mayor Bill De Blasio at Gracie Mansion.

There have been so many complaints about Bill De Blasio’s inauguration in the right-wing (di destra) mass media and apologies in the left-wing (di sinistra) mass media that I...