What Being A Boomer Means To Me

“I think that, as Baby Boomers, we have a lot to be thankful for. I look back on my past with pride, but I also look ahead to what’s next. I live in the greatest city in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world and, as mayor, I’m working hard to create an even brighter future for the generations that follow.”

Mike Spano, 51, Yonkers mayor (and native)

“Coming of age in the turbulent ’60s, I learned to question authority, religion, politics, and refused to be brainwashed by all the powers that be. I hope that, as a generation, we continue to look at the world with reason and common sense and continue to question, always question.”

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Cris Groenendaal, Broadway actor (Phantom of the Opera) and Croton resident 

“I look at the ‘Boomer legacy’ not so much in terms of an entire generation, but rather how many of us were shaped by the events that were unfolding around us as we were growing up. For me, it was very much the music and the media that were transitioning and expanding throughout my childhood, teen years, and into adulthood—Elvis to the Beatles and beyond.” 

Dennis Elsas, Rye resident, radio legend, WFUV and SiriusXM on-air personality

“For me, being a Baby Boomer means change and opportunity. We had the Cold War, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the feminist movement, the first man on the moon, Woodstock, and I could go on and on. The times, as Bob Dylan sang, were a changing, and I felt lucky to see those changes take place.” 

Chris Madden, Purchase resident, interior designer, television host, author  

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“We changed the world, financially, socially, politically, and, of course, we turned American cuisine into a worldwide respected culinary art. Lets hope the next generation can keep the momentum going.”

Peter X. Kelly, Yonkers native and chef/owner Xaviars Restaurant Group, including X2O Xaviars on the Hudson

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