February, 2015
Presidential Leadership Matters

Presidential Leadership Matters

by Anthony Figliola

President Harry S. Truman, a Democrat, made the difficult call of releasing nuclear weapons upon Japan, which brought an end to World War II. President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, invested heavily in our nation’s defense, believing that a decisive United States would send a clear message to the world and hasten the fall of the Soviet Union.

President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, understood the importance of the State of Israel and solidified a military alliance with the nation that remains to this day, against strong opposition from the State Department and the Pentagon. President Ulysses S. Grant, a Republican, was the General of the Union Army who helped to win the Civil War and brought the country back together after many thought it was permanently torn apart.

These four men all represented different ideologies and opposing parties and yet all four possessed leadership and the ability to make tough decisions for the sake of our country when it was required. When they spoke, people listened and when they acted, America followed.



In news or war, there’s no place for embellishment |LI Herald

In news or war, there’s no place for embellishment |LI Herald

By Jerry Kremer

We all know that wars and battlefield conflicts are dangerous experiences. There are at least 30,000 young men and women who were wounded in battle in Iraq or Afghanistan and will bear the scars of those tragedies for many years to come.

There are two other groups whose lives are affected as a result of such events. They are newscasters and politicians.

Over the past week, the media have been churning out story after story about “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. If I were a Hollywood casting director, Williams would be my first choice to deliver the news. He is handsome, articulate and friendly and has a great sense of humor. There’s no doubt that Williams has long been considered one of the best salesmen of the nightly news.

But, like many others before him, Williams became larger than life, and when you become a prime-time celebrity, you have the opportunity to play fast and loose with the truth. Williams never had to make up any battlefield stories about himself because he had built up enormous credibility with the public. All he had to do was just be Brian Williams. If he stayed at the top long enough, he could have become the Walter Cronkite of the news business.



Kremer Participates in Affordable Housing Forum

Empire Chairman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer participated in a BALCONY forum on Affordable Housing. Mr. Kremer’s talk focused on the effect high energy costs have on people living with low or fixed incomes. Mr. Kremer spoke about the importance of new and affordable energy types would have in meeting Mayor de Blasio’s goal of expanding affordable housing in New York City.

A complete listing of the day’s events can be found at BALCONY’s website.

Click here for VIDEO of Mr. Kremer’s remarks.