It’s September, and it’s nuts


Let the craziness begin. With September comes the cool touch of morning fog, the sound of Canada Geese, the sight of fall foliage, and the taste of newly harvested apples. What’s most striking, however, is the mind-scrambling list of things to do. It’s like someone has thrown 100 balls in the air for each person to catch.

School children were enjoying their last free weeks of summer in mid-August when stores began putting Halloween candy and costumes in the aisles. Against our will, retailers have placed us on a conveyor belt on the fast track to Christmas, which starts a new run of holidays that won’t end until next summer. So much for the school year.

As Tropical Storm Irene slammed the door on our summer of fun, she turned our world upside down. For motorists, detours are an inconvenience, but for some residents, the damage to their homes and businesses was life-altering. Many had no flood insurance. Many are still trying to clean up and rebuild. Many are hurrying before the onset of winter.

With or without the governor’s “Labor for Your Neighbor” program, neighbors would have helped each other out, rebuilding and raising money for recovery. And although we take exception to the volunteers’ white T-shirts that said, “Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Labor for Your Neighbor Hurricane Clean-Up Team,” because it seems a little self-promotional, we think it was a great idea to mobilize volunteers in hard-hit communities and put volunteerism up on a pedestal where it belongs.

We give the governor points for building a “team” and getting things done. He even got a number of administration officials to volunteer on Labor Day weekend in Irene-suffering communities throughout the state.

With a slick PR campaign surrounding his every move, perhaps a run for the White House is in Mr. Cuomo’s future come 2016.

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