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State Champs!

The NYS Champs! Photo credit: LoHud

Congratulations to the New Rochelle High School football team on winning a 28-0 victory yesterday in Syracuse to bring home the New York State Championship and complete an undefeated season.  The Huguenots’ dedication and teamwork, in the face of unusual and difficult circumstances, have earned the admiration of our entire community.  An amazing demonstration of character on and off the field that counts for much more than the win itself.


Happy Thanksgiving

With the staff and volunteers at HOPE

Honored to join the dedicated staff and volunteers at HOPE Community Services this morning, as we provided hundreds of Thanksgiving meals to neighbors.  May we all take joy in the season and give thanks for family, friends, and community.


Insightful Profile of Congress

A terrific piece about the dynamics and personalities of the U.S. Congress in this week’s New York Times magazine, as seen primarily through the eyes of new Representatives Abigail Spanberger and Ayanna Pressley.  Individual Congresspeople are often enormously impressive and admirable, genuinely striving to do good work, even as service within the institution as a whole seems like an increasingly miserable experience.  The article does a remarkable job of capturing these cross-currents.  Really a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the present moment in our politics.  (Full disclosure: the article’s author, Susan Dominus, is a good friend.  Not that I am biased or anything.)


Groundbreaking for 14 Lecount

At the 14 Lecount construction site

Yet another major downtown development milestone today with the groundbreaking for 14 Lecount.  This two-phase project will be among the most significant in our city’s history, containing housing, ground-floor businesses, and parking, as well as a re-designed Anderson Street that will serve as a vibrant new public space.  Fully a quarter of the apartments will be affordable at a spectrum of price points.  Here’s more information about the project, along with a rendering of its design.

The ground-breaking ceremony was held at the construction site between Main, North, Lecount, and Anderson.  Most of the block has been cleared and excavated, bringing us down below street level and providing a view perspective on the surrounding downtown that I have never before experienced and that I tried (with only limited success) to capture in the photo attached to this post.



Happy Thanksgiving to New Ro’s Seniors

City officials serve up lunch at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center

Very happy to join City Hall colleagues yesterday in serving a Thanksgiving-style lunch to hundreds of New Rochelle seniors at the Hugh Doyle Center.  Thank you to the great Doyle Center staff.  And extra style points for those sharp aprons!


New Ro Thanksgiving Parade on November 23rd

New Rochelle’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is this Saturday, November 23rd, kicking off at 10:00am at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road, and then concluding at North and Bonnefoy Place.  Come celebrate the season with thousands of neighbors.

Before the parade, fuel up at the Pancake Breakfast in the House IV cafeteria at New Rochelle High School from 8:00am to 9:30am.

Thank you to the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence for their sponsorship of these two great traditions.


MTA Highlights Penn Access

The MTA has launched a new website devoted to information and updates about Penn Access.  Visit the site at

When completed in a few years, the Penn Access project will link Metro-North’s New Haven line directly to Penn Station through four new stops in the Bronx. Because the rail line splits in New Rochelle, our community will have the closest station to Manhattan with direct service to both the east and west sides — a huge asset.

The MTA’s website focuses primarily on benefits for Bronx residents, which is understandable given that the bulk of new capital investments will occur in that borough, but the advantages for commuters in Westchester and Connecticut — and especially New Rochelle — will be enormous.


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