Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2012. So did you do some of the usual New Year’s Eve silliness? You know, the noisemakers and the goofy hats? My horse “Cowboy” would have to say, “yes”!

As many of you know, my other career is in law enforcement working for the Mounted Unit for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. While working downtown New Year's Eve, in the spirit of the evening, we decided to adorn our steeds with a festive look. Folks seemed to really like it…not so sure “Cowboy” did, but he went along with it.

So please allow me to wish you a very Happy New Year. I wish for you health and happiness. May the sad times be bearable and the joyous times outnumber them.