With the election just around the corner, I want to take a moment to share a few thoughts about the team that can best lead our city for the next four years.

Jared is the newest member of the City Council, having joined just this year by winning a special election last November to fill the unexpired term of the late Jim Stowe. An attorney who grew up in New Rochelle, Jared is now seeking a full four-year term.

I can’t recall any other incoming Council Member who hit the ground running with as much energy, intelligence and success as Jared. He’s been an outstanding spokesperson for the concerns of his district, a thoughtful contributor to Council deliberations, and a productive legislator, who brings new concepts to the Council table and has successfully cultivated bipartisan support for his initiatives.

District 3 map. Click for larger image.

Exceptionally well-liked, Jared has proven to be an outstanding community organizer, who brings people together and enlists volunteer talent for civic purposes. He’s also respected by our City staff, who appreciate his talent for asking probing questions and obtaining facts before rushing to judgments.

Finally, Jared strikes an instinctive balance between independence and collaboration. He is able to offer competing points of view in ways that are direct and honest, but always constructive. And he knows when to stand firm on principle and when to compromise for the greater good. As a result, Jared’s advice on issues both large and small is invariably good, and I feel very fortunate to have him as a colleague.