The Advocates 1-23-08 -“The Graying of America”


“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

January 23, 2008


Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM on your dial, or you can listen to its live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio.  Today’s topic- “The Graying of America, and What Can We Do About it?” is becoming a critical issue for not only the country, but for the world. As a society we face an ever-growing population of senior citizens, many who are healthy and want to contribute. We are also facing a large group of baby boomers whose tens of millions will dramatically impact the entitlement trust funds over the next two decades.


My guest in the studio is John Berenyi, who should be no stranger to these broadcasts. Mr. John Berenyi, has undergraduate and graduate degrees in, engineering, management sciences and applied economics from Columbia University. He has been an investment banker, who has specialized in alternative energy and environmental finance for the past 25 years. In the early part of his career, as a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University, he developed the composite set of environmental indicators to measure the quality of life in cities across the United States. Cities, counties, states, and academic institutions have adopted this work, across America, as a tool for public of public policy and evaluation. Today, after a long career serving companies like Citicorp, HSBC Capital and IF Rothschild, he is the managing director of Ecocite, a Canadian-based company that works as an energy investment trust for eco-property development. Mr. Berenyi owns and operates a long term care retirement facility in Dutchess County— in the Hudson Valley— licensed by the NY State Department of Health and also regulated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.


Also joining us from his offices in Washington DC is Chuck Wilsker, the President and CEO of the Telework Coalition (TelCoa),, a not for profit association. TelCoa works to support and enable the advancement of Virtual, Mobile, and Distributed Work through Research, Education, Technology, and Legislation. Chuck’s interests include both promoting the benefits of Telework as a means of providing employment opportunities for older, rural, and disabled workers, including service disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and its use as a critical part of disaster avoidance, business continuity, and Continuity of Operations programs. He has been the featured guest on many radio interview shows, appeared on NBC Channel 4 in Washington, DC, was on Fox News' Fox Magazine, ABC’s World News Tonight, and NBC’s Nightly News. He has written many articles on Teleworking, and is often quoted in both local and National press, including the Washington Post, USAToday, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Week, Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Federal Computer Week,, Government Computer News, NetworkWorld magazine, and


Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “ issues. “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.”


Richard J. Garfunkel


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