The New York Times has run a thoughtful profile of New Rochelle’s response to the painful and tragic loss of a High School student. The reporter, Liz Harris, spoke with a wide range of students, educators, and parents, almost all of whom described our community as it is — diverse, welcoming, safe, and forward-looking, even in the face of challenges. This is the New Rochelle I have been proud to call home all my life, and never more so than in the past three months, as we have come together to support one another. My own comments, addressing New Rochelle’s resilience and strength, appear at the very end of the piece. Please read.