Yeah, we hear you groaning. But forget about that whole trumped-up bitch fest with Rosie OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell for a sec. That may have made tabloid headlines, but this year the Bedford homeowner (or rather, mansion-owner) also made plenty of legitimate news here in Westchester. In addition to opening the doors to Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, beginning work on Trump Parc in Stamford, and campaigning to get the U.S. Open played at one of his Trump National golf courses (either Briarcliff Manor or Bedminster, New Jersey), he also erected some hard-to-miss road signs announcing Donald J. Trump State Park on the Taconic. Donating 436 acres for a park in Northern Westchester: generous. Congratulating oneself by branding your name all over the county: not exactly, to use his word, Ã¢â‚¬Å“classy.Ã¢â‚¬? (WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s next? Trump-onic Parkway? Trumpchester?) Some other unclassy moves: The Apprentice got its worst ratings in six seasons; his eponymous, SkyMall-esque magazine sent its backers into financial meltdown; and The Daily News reported that, to boost anemic book sales, he paid people to buy his new self-help tome, Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life.
Prediction for 2008: Trump currently has fourÃ¢â‚¬â€count Ã¢â‚¬â„¢em, four!Ã¢â‚¬â€TV shows in production: FoxÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Lady or a Tramp, MTVÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pageant Place, a syndicated Judge Judy/Dr. Phil-type daytime show (with Trump mediating financial disputes), and The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition for NBC. Just try to top that, Rosie!
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? InTown Westchester, December 2007
(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)