Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

Mr. D. Goes to Albany

Friday, May 1st, 2020

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“The interesting thing about politics is that the longer you are in it, the more people you get to meet, and the more people you have a chance to make impressions on, good or bad.” . . . We will admit the first time we encountered Sen. John DeFrancisco we underestimated him. That meeting was on the court and we quickly found out the senator had a game like John Stockton (deceptively quick, great hands and that old man strength). We later discovered he was a former college baseball infielder and great patron of the local arts scene. It was cool to finally read his memoir and find out he was also tough in the legislative arena as well. His journey is a great road map for anyone interested in running for office. DeFrancisco was quite candid in the text about subjects such as Destiny USA, being a red man in a blue state, the budget process, and various state scandals. “Never Say Never” should be included in every syllabus for Syracuse City School government classes. We hope when the Senator is in town again we can interview him to find out why he never ran for mayor, and where he stores that suit he got back in the day from Bergans. . . . #goodpickandrollguy #dukealum #sualumni #powergame #patronofthearts #redmanworearedsuitonce #canplayameanhorn #webothstillgotgame #neversayneveragain #ablueprint #mrdgoestoalbany

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Reverse Crossover

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Paul Kentoffio and Basil Anastassiou meet with supporters after a screening of their film in Manlius on Friday.

Paul Kentoffio and Basil Anastassiou meet with supporters after a screening of their film in Manlius.

We just may have seen the logical follow up (but not quite the sequel) to the highly-acclaimed film “Hoop Dreams.” Only this time there’s a local connection.

Educators, ballers (men and women), television-personalities and government officials  nearly filled the Manlius Art Cinema on Friday to catch a screening of “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” and hear from the filmmakers (Basil Anastassiou-a SU alum and Paul Kenoffio).

As an added bonus two of the principals in the documentary Gerald Malcolm (aka G) and Jarming White (aka Boozer) also attended and talked about the experience of having a film crew dissect court culture and their lives away from the game.

The Manlius screening was part of a barnstorm thru the state-heading next to Rochester then Buffalo.

The filmmakers said they were looking into a larger distribution avenue or increased exposure.

In our opinion, “Ballin’ at the Graveyard” transcends hoops in many ways. Trash-talk and nuances of pick-up ball translate easily to the screen, but what makes great documentary is further excavation to reveal multi-dimensional characters.

The filmmakers seemed to have aced the art. Our hope is now they get the marketing right and more people get to see this film.

Baller, actor and author Gerald Malcolm (aka G) answered questions after a showing of Ballin' at the Graveyard in Manlius.

Baller, actor and author Gerald Malcolm (aka G) answered questions after a showing of Ballin at the Graveyard in Manlius.

Clean up Man?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at Onondaga Community College (OCC)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at Onondaga Community College (OCC)

On the Syracuse stop for his “People First” campaign/tour at Onondaga Community College (OCC),  Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the success of his initial 100 days in office. He said he will continue in his quest to bring ethical reform to the Empire State, along with economic stability (via property tax cap) and social progress (via marriage equality).

Meanwhile opponents of same-sex marriage say they will fight attempts at marriage equity legislation.

Governor Cuomo at OCC

Barrie Gewanter talks with Gov. Cuomo after his speech

Straight, no chaser

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Excelsior College Commencement Speaker Soledad O’Brien (left) with Excelsior College graduate Lawrence E. Minor, Jr (of Delaware)

Last week I attended the Excelsior College Commencement in Albany. The Commencement Speaker was Soledad O’Brien. Her speech was simple and direct, which fits well in this current climate.