The Advocates with Mlt Hoffman 9-3-08

“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio
1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

September 3, 2008

All archived Shows at:


Wednesday, September
3, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you
can listen to the program’s live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to
reach us on the radio.  My guest this
week is the distinguished journalist Mr. Milton Hoffman. Our discussion this
afternoon will revolve around the recent national political conventions, and
Mr. Hoffman’s impressions of how they have changed over the past decades. Mr.
Hoffman covered seven Republican and Democratic Conventions from 1976 through

Mr. Hoffman was a journalist with the Westchester
daily newspapers for 50 years until retiring 6 1-2 years ago as senior editor
with The Journal News. During his career, he covered Westchester County
government, state government and politics, and attended seven national
presidential nominating conventions for the Gannett Westchester Newspapers. His
political column, Tales of Hoffman, appeared for more than 30 years.

His writings as a reporter, columnist and editorial page editor helped
fashion public opinion that led to the creation of a Board of Legislators to
replace the Board of Supervisors as the county's legislative arm, the state
takeover of the dangerous Westchester Parkway System so that it could be
rebuilt to modern standards, and the erection of a modern terminal at
Westchester County Airport. He also championed the building of affordable
housing and the adoption of a handgun re-registration law. Currently, he is a
member of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee, a board
member of the Greenburgh Historic and Landmarks Preservation Board, a board
member of the Westchester Historical Society, a board member of the Collegium
program for senior adults at Westchester Community College, and a member of a
state-appointed citizens committee dealing with the possible replacement of the
Tappan Zee Bridge.  A Navy veteran, he is
a graduate of White Plains High School and the former Champlain
College of SUNY, and has been a resident of the Town of Greenburgh for 52 years. Below are some of
the questions and thoughts Milt Hoffman will address:

How conventions have changed?

Have they lost their meaning?

How has coverage changed over the decades?

His experiences as a reporter

By accessing The Advocates website Milt Hoffman can be heard on the
August 2, 2007, program talking with County Legislator Martin Rogowsky on How
Politics Has Changed in Westchester. He can
also be heard on the May 5, 2008 program talking about the 75th
Anniversary of FDR’s First Inaugural on March 4, 1933.

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

The Program is
sponsored by the Green Briar Adult Home, in Millbrook, Dutchess County, NY.
One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at
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