A Person of Service

A Person of Service

We remember Chief Steve Bonano, who died six years ago today, from 9/11 cancer. Steve was my Executive Officer in Brooklyn South. A great man, with a strong background in policing, including assignments in Aviation (Steve was a pilot) and Emergency Service. He was...
My “Other” Birthday

My “Other” Birthday

On January 8, 2018 – a day I call my “other” birthday – I retired from the NYPD after 37 years of service. My career was amazing, a true journey, emotionally and spiritually. I experienced the greatest honors, and inspirations and joy, as well as some of the...
A Gift, Like No Other

A Gift, Like No Other

In 2016 and 2017 I would listen to the audiobook by Wayne Dyer, “Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life”, over and over again, when I walked on the boardwalk in Rockaway. The book is a collection of his interpretations of the “Tao Te Ching”, written by Lao Tzu...
A True Sample of Service, Caring and Bravery

A True Sample of Service, Caring and Bravery

Moments like this remind me that I am not a tall man! 😂🦊🤷🏻‍♂️. Meet Ed Fernandez, Tom Binstock and Travis Warfield, Kings Transit Task Force. After a nice chat in downtown Brooklyn I checked my email history because I knew I had spoken to each of them a few times to...
Remembering Two of our Heroes

Remembering Two of our Heroes

We remember two of our heroes, who sacrificed their life for us six years ago today. In the wave of anti-police rhetoric NYPD Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were assassinated in Brooklyn. At Woodhull Hospital that day I looked at the faces of the elected...
Thomas “TJ” Curly

Thomas “TJ” Curly

I live in an apartment on the beach in Rockaway and every window faces the ocean. At about 4:00 AM on December 3, 2017, having fallen asleep on my recliner, I woke and saw emergency lights flashing onto the otherwise dark boardwalk. I went to my terrace, leaned over...