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In a crowded field, this has always been one of my favorite quotes from Robert F. Kennedy:
“[T]he gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.”
Kennedy’s gorgeous words rightly point out that statistics are a limited and incomplete tool for measuring the vitality and health of a community or nation. But, truth be told, statistics are at least a little helpful in understanding some things about a place. In that spirit, this recently produced statistical profile of New Rochelle from Hudson Valley Patterns for Progress is worth a look.
A few days ago, New Rochelle was once again named the best city to live in New York State by 24/7WallSt. It is a great reminder of the many outstanding qualities, assets, and relationships that make our community one of the most vibrant in America — talented and diverse people, enviable location, burgeoning economic opportunity, and the lowest crime rate in more than 50 years.
In recent weeks, of course, we have also been reminded that our city still faces difficult challenges, some of them heartbreaking, and there is much important work ahead. Yet even in the wake of tragedy, I have been inspired by the countless New Rochelle residents who have responded with compassion, determination, and a renewed sense of purpose. By standing together, we can ensure that New Rochelle emerges strong, confident, and successful.
Now, more than ever, we are #NewRoStrong.
Students in the New Rochelle public schools will be able to report bullying and harassment, substance abuse, and other safety concerns using an anonymous two-way communications system. The goal is to confront and reduce harmful behavior through better sharing of information, and to provide all students with a safe and supportive learning environment.
There’s more information in this press release from the School District.
City, School, and Police officials meet with North Avenue business owners.
This morning, City, School, and Police officials met with North Avenue business owners to discuss recent incidents of student violence, share information about new safety measures, listen to concerns and suggestions, and consider how we can strengthen our shared efforts to promote a secure and thriving business environment.
There is more information in this press release.
Local businesses are a vital part of the family of New Rochelle, and several were impacted by recent events. I am grateful to the many business owners who attended this morning’s session, and who are facing this challenge in a constructive, determined spirit.
New Rochelle High School
At a packed community meeting on Tuesday night and in a follow-up letter from Superintendent Brian Osborne this morning, School District authorities provided information about recent and upcoming safety measures, while also addressing many frequently-asked-questions. Here’s the summary from the Superintendent.
Beyond these immediate steps, as we move forward, the Board of Education will initiate an independent security audit, and the School District, along with City and community representatives, will undertake an independently-led, top-to-bottom review of policies, practices, and procedures related to student safety.