The ballot on Tuesday, November 2nd will be jam-packed with federal, state, and judicial contests. Rather than offer endorsements in each of these elections, I am focusing only on the two local races here in New Rochelle. If you would like my thoughts about any other election, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I respect every voter’s right to make his or her own judgment, and I present these recommendations in this spirit.

Jared Rice for City Council — District Three

The residents of Council District Three will select a new Council representative to replace the late Jim Stowe, who passed away tragically on August 4th.

I strongly support Jared Rice, a bright and energetic attorney with extensive roots in New Rochelle and a real passion for public service. Jared grasps the challenges confronting the diverse neighborhoods of the Third District and will be a strong and responsive advocate for his constituents’ interests and priorities. At the same time, Jared will be an effective partner and teammate in advancing broad city objectives. It is very important to me that he prevail in this contest.

To learn more about Jared, please call him directly on his cell phone at 914-469-4313. If you are interested and available to volunteer on Jared’s behalf, please contact his campaign manager Eli Valentin at

Lastly, feel free to share these comments with District Three residents, if you think they might value my input.

Susan Kettner for City Court

Voters throughout New Rochelle will choose a new City Court Judge to replace the retiring Sandy Scher. The newly elected judge will serve for ten years, preside over countless proceedings, and play an essential role in determining the quality of justice available to our residents.

I am pleased to endorse Susan Kettner. Susan boasts broad and deep experience in the law and in government. She currently chairs the Zoning Board of Appeals and was the first woman to be elected president of the New Rochelle Bar Association, where she worked to build a diverse bar committed to public service. In addition, Susan has volunteered as a Small Claims Court Arbitrator and served as a W.I.S.E. mentor at New Rochelle High School. Susan’s legal experience and commitment to our community would be real assets to the City Court. For more information about Susan, please see