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Journalist Mike DeMasi to speak at Gates’ senior luncheon on Jan. 16

Mike DeMasi

SCHENECTADY– Mike DeMasi, journalist and area resident, will discuss his new book, What They Said: 25 Years of Telling Stories at the Congregation Gates of Heaven “Senior Moments” lunch and program on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The program, free and open to the community, is from noon to 2 p.m. at the temple, 852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady.

DeMasi has been writing about people, places and events in upstate New York for more than 25 years. He hasn’t strayed far from his roots in Troy, where he grew up the youngest of four children to Italian immigrants.

His talk will include stories and reviews of interviews on a range of subjects, including Sharon Jordon, a political operative and right hand to former mayor of Schenectady, Brian Stratton. He has written about  entrepreneurs, politicians, gadflies, artists, teachers, clergy, police, prisoners, homeowners, hobbyists, and his adventures as a dad of twin girls.

DeMasi has been a reporter at the Albany Business Review since 2005. Previously, he was a reporter at The Daily Gazette in Schenectady and The Post-Star in Glens Falls. He has written about CEOs, entrepreneurs, politicians, gadflies, artists, teachers, clergy, police, prisoners, homeowners, hobbyists, and his adventures as the dad of twin girls.

Reservations are required, klaws@cgoh.org or by calling the temple office at 518-374-8173. Rabbi Eleanor Pearlman, facilitator of the program, has indicated that donations of up to $5 will be accepted.

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