Dear Friends,

Maura (my wife) and I spent this past weekend decompressing by taking “social distancing” appropriate walks around Central Park. The sunny warm weather cajoled us out of our apartment and revived our spirits. Spring emerged early in Central Park and the blooming flowers reminded us of an old proverb, winter always turns to spring

I also added Governor Cuomo’s daily press briefings to my morning routine. He often dedicates part of his briefing to share encouraging words and his steadfast determination that we will make it through these challenging times. His words remind me why I chose to pursue a public service path and why it is an honor to serve as an advocate for the grape and wine industry.