Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman was recently featured among several area newsmakers in a front page Finger Lakes Times story about New Year’s resolutions. The article highlighted everything from personal and professional goals to visions for local communities.
Often quoted in the Finger Lakes Times for her political expertise, Deutchman said her “‘societal prayer'” for 2016 is that presidential hopeful Donald Trump will drop out of the race.
“And sooner rather than later,” she said. “Maybe he’ll move to another country. Go torture someone else!”
The article also noted a resolution from Christopher N. Lavin ’81, executive director of the Geneva Community Center and Boys & Girls Club of Geneva. Lavin said there’s a world of opportunity for local young people in Geneva.
Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics. She is a professor of more than 20 years with a long list of publications in major journals, the latest of which are “Electoral Challenges of Moderate Factions: Main Streeters and Blue Dogs, 1994- 2008,” The Forum, Vol. 8: Iss2, Article 2 (2010) (with DeWayne Lucas); and “Five Factions, Two Parties: Caucus Membership in the House of Representatives, 1994- 2002,” Congress and the Presidency, 36:62-84, 2009 (with colleague DeWayne Lucas).
The full article is as follows:
Finger Lakes Times
NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS: Resolutions range from losing weight to losing The Donald
Jim Miller • Jan. 1, 2015
The most common response when a reporter calls to ask about New Year’s resolutions and goals?
Apparently, it’s something people like to think over.
“If I was going to come up with a quick New Year’s resolution, it would be to remember and remind my staff and the kids that I work with in Geneva that there is no reason to think being a small, rural city in upstate New York is an impediment to anything,” Chris Lavin, director of the Boys & Girls Club of Geneva, said after the requisite hemming and hawing. “We have to adjust to the new world of opportunity being a few clicks away, so my singular goal for the year is to work to make sure kids can read in this town and that they have the opportunities for the kind of technology education that clearly is going to fuel not just their futures but the future of this community.”
The Times polled a number of newsmakers by phone and email this week about what they’d like to see happen in 2016 – personally, professionally or in the world at large.
The thoughts they offered ranged from the traditional – family time and better health – to the political. Iva Deutchman, a political science professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, said her “societal prayer” is that Donald Trump will shut up.
“And sooner rather than later,” she wrote in an email. “Maybe he’ll move to another country. Go torture someone else!”
Seneca Falls Supervisor Steve Churchill made his political resolutions local. He decried the growth of landfills and said he worries about threats to Seneca Lake.
“In 2016, we must implore Gov. Cuomo and the [state Department of Environmental Conservation] to protect Seneca Lake and reject the proposal to store propane in old abandoned salt caverns under [the] shores of Seneca Lake,” he said in an email. “And let’s not forget the White Deer!”
Many of those in government or public life said they want to help the region, or their particular part of it succeed in the coming year.
“To put dissolution behind us and move our community forward [is my resolution],” Lyons Supervisor Brian Manktelow said. “We have some work ahead of us, but I think everything will be fine. Things seem to be going fine already.”
Moving the area forward
Geneva School Superintendent Trina Newton looked ahead to the district’s upcoming capital project. She said she wants to ensure that the next phase is comprehensive and that students are invited to give their input.
Across town, Ward 2 City Councilor Paul D’Amico looked ahead to next year’s meetings.
“We have three new faces on Council, and I’m excited about the energy that I’ve seen from everyone that’s going to be there in January and hoping to keep some good momentum going,” he said. “There’s lots of good things happening in the city, and I think we have a great group of councilors.”
At the Smith Opera House, Executive Director Kelly Bradley said she looks forward to an exciting year.
“We’ve got some excellent programs,” she said. “All our hard work with the capital campaign is now coming to fruition with programming.”
Like Bradley and others, community volunteer Robert Stopper hopes to build on the work of 2015 in 2016.
Stopper helps greet boaters at the Erie Canal docks in Lyons.
“I hope to continue promoting Lyons and the Erie Canal regionally, nationally and internationally,” he said.
At the southern end of the region, in Penn Yan, Village Trustee Rich Stewart hopes to get more people involved in village projects.
“Their ideas, questions and opinions are important to hear,” Stewart said. “With this being an election year, I would like people to look closely at our state and federal candidates and their plans to have the government be responsive to our needs. Personally, I plan to see more movies this year.”
Personal improvement (or not)
It’s no surprise: Plenty of those interviewed want to lose weight or get in shape as well as focusing on their jobs or on the silver screen.
Stopper wants to stay healthy, be active and enjoy each day.
Waterloo Mayor Ted Young extended those wishes to everyone.
“I just hope next year is going to be just as good as this year,” he said. “Health and happiness to everybody – that’s all.”
Newton wants to take time to work on her own well-being. So does Manktelow.
“I need to take time to take care of myself,” he said. “I don’t just mean lose weight, but do healthy things.”
D’Amico picked another common New Year’s resolution for himself. He wants to spend more time with his family.
“We’ve had a few little parties, get-togethers, and spending some time with some of the nieces and nephews has been a lot of fun,” he said. “They’re all 20-somethings and early 30s. And [another resolution is] trying to enjoy my free time a little more and be a little more active.”
Mark Venuti, Geneva’s town supervisor, tied his personal goals for 2016 to his professional and governmental duties.
“With my law practice, town and county supervisor jobs, and family, I have a lot on my mind, and I’ve let my meditation practice slip at a time when I need it most, so I hope to take the time in the new year for daily meditation so I can better ride the choppy seas that come along,” he said in an email. “Also, a town resident sent me a quote I like and have pinned to the bulletin board in my town hall office: ‘Nothing great will ever happen if all objections must be overcome.’ Change and progress are disruptive, and, although I will try, the saying reminds me I can’t please everyone and at some respectful point have to move on and make the best decision I can.”
Of course, a few people also see the funny side of New Year’s resolutions.
“I want to learn to ski, but that’s aspirational,” Bradley said with a laugh.
Lavin pondered the prospect of getting in shape … and initially said he’d like to weigh half of what he now does.
Then he amended that.
“I want to eat more and weigh less,” he said.