An Incomprehensible Tragedy

This has been an exceptionally difficult week for New Rochelle.  Yesterday morning, representatives from our Police Department shared information concerning the tragic death of Gabrielle White, a seven-year-old student at Ward Elementary School.  During the press conference, I made the following statement:

“Our entire community mourns this tragic event and is united in offering thoughts and prayers to Gabrielle’s mother and to all who knew and loved Gabrielle. The School District has already been working to provide information, counseling, and support to youngsters, and the City will support these efforts in any appropriate way. I will add only, on a personal note, that for all friends of the family, this is devastating news that we will long struggle to comprehend.”

For those interested in honoring Gabrielle’s memory in a tangible fashion, I call your attention to this Go Fund Me campaign:


Look Who Dropped By For A Visit

County Clerk and Former Mayor Tim Idoni back at his old desk.

I received a surprise visit last week from Tim Idoni . . . and I promptly insisted that he take a seat in his old chair.  Tim was a great mayor and is a terrific County Clerk.  It was good to have him back at City Hall, even for a little while.


Thank You!

Heartfelt thanks to all who attended or contributed to my brunch yesterday afternoon!

We had a great crowd of more than 400 in attendance, with many more who supported the event from afar.

If you weren’t able to join us, but would still like to help, you can make a contribution here:

In remarks at the brunch, much as I did in my recent State of the City Address, I spoke about the strange divided reality of our times: a community making exciting and meaningful progress, at the same moment that our nation faces grave and unsettling challenges.  Yet I concluded hopefully that many of us feel:

“. . . a renewed sense of purpose and focus and determination — a realization that we cannot be spectators only, that we have a personal responsibility to be citizens in the fullest sense of the word, and to link arms with our neighbors of every heritage and background and tradition and circumstance, recognizing that life is not a zero-sum-game of all against all, that our interests are fundamentally bound together. 

And recognizing also that we are not helpless.  That there are things we can do – here, close to home.  Whatever happens in Washington, we can welcome and respect our immigrant communities here, embrace the promise of renewable energy here, build a local economy that is vibrant and just here, and be kind and loving to each other here.”

I hope you share my determination to work together for a stronger city, country, and world.


Despite Trump, Doing Our Part

President Trump may have shamefully withdrawn the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, but here in New Rochelle, we will continue to do our part to promote a sustainable future.

We’re delivering 100% renewable power to every electricity consumer through community choice aggregation.  We’re replacing all of our street lights with energy efficient LEDs.  We’re adding electric charging stations to our municipal garages.  We’re working to make our city more pedestrian and bike friendly.  And, contrary to the President’s specious claims, we’re doing it all while saving money and building a more vibrant local economy.

The Trump Administration’s climate denial is a serious blow to the world’s interests — no doubt about it — but many state, county, and local governments are ready to step up and fill the leadership vacuum.