Winter Clothing Drive for New Rochelle Teens

In partnership with the Sharing Shelf and in the spirit of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the City is collecting new cold-weather clothes in adult sizes through January 18 for distribution to New Rochelle High School students in need.  Donated items, including new hats & gloves, leggings, joggers/sweatpants, and underwear & athletic socks, can be dropped off at one of four collection sites: NRHS, City Hall, Mikey Dubbs in Wykagyl, or BuddahBooth in Pelham.  For details, please see this press release or this flyer.

New Ro Receives Top Marks for LGBTQ Equality and Inclusion

For the second year in a row, New Rochelle has earned a top score on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ inclusion in municipal law, policy, and services.  I am proud to live in a community where all people are respected and encouraged to be their true selves, and I am grateful for the excellent work of our LGBTQ Advisory Committee, which has done much to highlight and celebrate New Rochelle’s diversity.  There’s more in this press release.

A Depressing and Frightening Anniversary

I had intended to collect and share my thoughts about the one year anniversary of the insurrection at the Capitol, but I find that Peter Baker in this morning’s Times has collected my thoughts for me.  A profoundly depressing and frightening analysis of our nation’s fragile and febrile condition, and of the factors that make further violence and democratic backsliding all too plausible, even probable.  Key quote: “America has not come together to defend its democracy; it has only split further apart.”

Those of us who believe in the rule of law, revere democratic institutions, shun personality cults, and assign value to evidence and fact must be prepared to make common cause with others of similar mind, even when we disagree about policy.  If support for democracy itself continues to divide our two parties, then, sooner or later, democracy is lost.