Government News
Irvington News

“Brian, is your police department going to send me back?”

• Bookmarks: 137

March 1, 2017

Mayor Brian Smith, Irvington
Mayor Brian Smith, Irvington

I have been trying to learn Spanish since I was about 10. To practice I often engage in small talk with bussers and servers in local restaurants. We chat about where they are from, but mostly about soccer as I am a huge fan.

On the Friday night after the inauguration, my wife Keira, our 11-year-old son Ronan and I were having dinner out (our daughter Bella was babysitting). One of the busboys and I were having our usual banter about Real Madrid versus Barcelona (¡Hala Madrid!). As the conversation ended, he looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Brian, is your police department going to send me back?”

A few days earlier, my wife was asked a similar question by a local housekeeper in town, so perhaps I should not have been as surprised as I was. The waiter (who speaks English as well or better than I, so I assume he has been here a long time) hurried over to hear my reply. Though still a bit stunned, I clearly remember looking at my son who was sitting across from me. After a long pause that I am sure was disconcerting to my restaurant worker friends, I answered forcefully: “We are never going to do that!”

From their faces, I sensed that they took little comfort in my reassurance, and I realized in that instant that our country had changed much more than I had hoped it would.

One of my weaknesses is my blind optimism. I will likely benefit personally (financially anyway) from a lot of policies coming out of Washington by the flick of a pen. But I think the greatest damage coming out of all this will be to that optimism—and to my total belief in the moral superiority of the United States.

Brian C. Smith is the mayor of Irvington

Share the News!
Andrea Martone - Westchester and Rivertowns Real Estate - Houlihan Lawrence agent

Dows Lane Second Grader Honored

Dows Lane Elementary School second grader Hanani Lubin was awarded the New York State Office of the Attorney General Triple...
Read More

Westchester Tennis Ladder Brings Love of the Game to New Heights

By Shana Liebman– Game Set Match! The Westchester Tennis Ladder, which launched last summer with approximately 60 members, is gearing...
Read More

Irvington To Open Matthiessen Park To Non-Residents

By Barrett Seaman— The debate had gone on for over two years. One side, led by a progressive group, the...
Read More

Greenburgh Is Reassessing Properties Again

By Barrett Seaman-- They’re back! The envelope appears in the mail, bearing the telltale logo of Tyler Technologies, the company...
Read More

Irvington Theater Restarts Live Performances — Outdoors

This is the second in a series about the return of live performance art to the rivertowns. By Brianna Staudt--...
Read More

Tarrytown Music Hall Welcomes Back First Arts Patrons In-Person

The first in a series about the return of live performance art to the rivertowns.   By Brianna Staudt-- When...
Read More

The Legacy of Living in Someone Else Through Organ Donation

By Laurie Leavy--- The consideration of organ donation may be a difficult decision for some, or not a hard choice...
Read More

Sponsored by Mayor Brian Smith, Irvington Theater to Stream Broadway’s J. Elaine Marcos April 28-30

By Brad Ogden-- With ten Broadway shows under her belt, J. Elaine Marcos is a veteran of the theatre industry...
Read More

As COVID Wanes, Experts Assess The Mental Health Consequences

By Barrett Seaman-- Just as people emerge from their homes after a hurricane, looking around the neighborhood for downed trees...
Read More

A Very Good Homecoming at Sleepy Hollow High

By Kevin Brown-- Homecoming at Sleepy Hollow High School is usually associated with rowdy fans, a fierce football game, regaled...
Read More
137 recommended
bookmark icon