Well, I was about six or seven, and my mother and father separated.
Today, certain people file for bankruptcy, businesses and individuals, and it no longer has the stigma it once had. Now it’s almost considered wise, a way to regroup and come back again.
I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
You can be anything you want to be. You can be a street sweeper, if you want. Just be the best blasted street sweeper you can be . . . And, you know you can be mayor.
And I tell people I’m in charge of children, children I haven’t even met yet.
Race relations can be an appropriate issue… but only if you want to craft solutions, and not catalogue complaints. If we use the issue appropriately, we can transform it from the cancer of our society into the cure.
In 1975 I was among a group of blacks who formed the Black Americans in Support of Israel Committee.
The people really are what make New York City great.
. . .little has changed in our New York neighborhoods except the faces, the names, and the languages spoken. The same decent values of hard work and accomplishment and service to city and nation still exist.
My mother came here to New York. She and my grandmother were domestics, cooking, cleaning for other people.
I finished law school in ’56, but I was working two jobs.
I went to Israel when the missiles were falling there.