For those who don’t know, IPR is in the process of changing owners.
I am buying the site and hope to make improvements without screwing it up. I’ve already made some minor changes. If you haven’t noticed, then we’re doing well. One change that will be more noticeable: Coming soon I will be removing the current search box and replacing it with Google Custom Search.
Hopefully we can get more readers and more news about third parties and independent candidates.
I’d love to hear thoughts from contributors and readers, both on what we can do better and what we shouldn’t mess with. Please post comments here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who don’t know me …
I was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York in 2010. During that campaign I worked with Green candidate Howie Hawkins, who is a class act.
It was a fun campaign with some great moments and bad moments. Here’s one of my favorites:
I have run as a Democrat, Green, Liberal (a now defunct NY party), and Republican. I was elected to the Guilderland NY Town Board in 2007 as a Republican. I moved to Florida in 2011 and now serve on the Republican Executive Committee of Palm Beach County, Florida, hoping to carry the Ron Paul message. That’s not going so well. I’m also active with the Palm Beach County LP. I’ve been writing a politics blog for quite a while now: Stop Wasting Money: New York and the original Stop Wasting Money. I recently started a new website, AntiPartisan, but I’m not sure I’m going anywhere with it.
Outside of politics, I’m a trial lawyer doing criminal defense and personal injury. I’m arguably one of the top drug defense lawyers in New York State, having won a very important appeal under the recent drug reforms: People v. DeYoung. If you do a Google search for unlawful possession of marijuana, my law firm website ranks high (pun intended). We’ve also handled over 3000 speeding tickets and a lot of drunk driving cases. I write about my work on the Albany Lawyer blog. I am now also a lawyer in Florida but I have not handled any cases here yet.
You may have figured out by now that I do a lot on the internet. I have dozens of websites and over a hundred domain names. My biggest website is a directory of traffic and criminal courts. It is used by almost 5 million people a year.
On the personal side, I’m fortunate to have been married to my lovely wife for over 17 years and we have two wonderful kids. While officially Jewish, I’m probably closer to being an atheist but lack the passion that faith requires. I’m illiterate in four languages: English, Spanish, Japanese (日本語) and French (un petit peu).
I am a graduate of Guilderland Central High School, Rice University (B.A. Mathematical Economics), Stanford University (A.M. Political Science) and Albany Law School. After law school I taught English for a year in Hiroshima, Japan.