The Advocates on WVOX – AM Radio 1460-
Thursday morning August 23rd, at 9:00 am, I am hosting a show called “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM on your dial, or you can listen to its live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. The program this week will have as its guests, Mr. John Berenyi, of New York, who has served as an investment banker for over twenty-five years, he is deeply involved in Eco-Property development through his award-winning company Ecocite. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard. He has specialized in the arena of finance regarding alternative energy, the environment and the creation of public infrastructures. John has been associated with some of the leading companies in the world, which include: Citicorp, IF Rothschild, and HSBC Capital. He has worked closely with the state governments of New York and California on drafting both legislation creating tax-incremental bond financing and alternate energy projects. Currently he is working along with Councilman Glen Hockley of White Plains, and Supervisor Paul Feiner of Greenburgh on the Sustainability Alliance. Our other guest in the studio, is Mr. John Puma of Mount Vernon, NY, whose career has ranged from creating start-up businesses, to developing communications systems for multi-national communication giants, to building housing for the middle and working class citizens, and to developing alternate energy concepts for communities. John, who was brought up on Long Island, and gravitated to Mount Vernon, was educated at the State University of NY in Buffalo, and took graduate courses in entertainment arts at NYU.
Meanwhile the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “ issues. The United States Constitution, ratified in 1789 is the framework of our laws. But “public policy” is the amplification of that framework of our laws. In other words, new laws are always being written and old laws are always being challenged. Eventually these challenges reach the Supreme Court for “Constitutional testing.” Out of those tests rulings either re-affirm or change law. Out of these changes, “public policy can shift dramatically, but the arguments, pro and con, can remain with us for many years.
“Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation, state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the “draft.”
This morning I will discuss with my guests the ongoing problem of infrastructure decline in the United States, and how did it develop. We will discuss the how this problem evolved, how the concept of deferred maintenance added to the crisis, can it be solved, and how long will it take. We will also go into the history behind this problem and the question of whether this has resulted from a combination of government bureaucracy, and over-lapping jurisdictions.
Richard J. Garfunkel