New Ro Leaders Team Up for Hurricane Relief

This coming Monday evening, October 2nd, all of New Rochelle’s elected officials — Democrat and Republican — are teaming up to sponsor a benefit for Hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

Please drop by Dudley’s at the New Rochelle Marina any time between 5:30pm and 8:00pm to make a contribution at the door, or you can contribute online here.  The money we raise will be donated to Unidos Por Puerto Rico and Americares.

This flyer has all the details.

The devastation in Puerto Rico is heartbreaking.  Let’s come together as a community to help fellow Americans in their time of need.


Join Me in Supporting George Latimer

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Please join me on October 21st, when I will be proud to headline a fundraiser here in New Rochelle for George Latimer’s campaign for Westchester County Executive.  You can get all the details in this invitation and RSVP at this link.  You can also RSVP by emailing Hailee Greene at or calling 845-659-6343.

Even if you can’t attend, please consider making a contribution to George’s campaign.

George is an exceptional candidate — deeply experienced, knowledgeable, hard-working, honest, eloquent, and motivated entirely by a passionate commitment to the common good.  Indeed, George has every advantage in this race . . . except one: money.  He is being vastly outspent and urgently needs financial resources to communicate his message to the nearly one million residents of Westchester.

Having been in George’s position four years ago, I have strong feelings about this campaign and am painfully aware of the impact County leadership has on tens of thousands of lives.  It is vitally important for Westchester to have a new competent Executive with a progressive, long-term vision.

To learn more about George, please visit his website.

If you’ve been on the sidelines until now, this is a perfect opportunity to get involved and make a difference.  Please join me on October 21st and contribute as generously as you can to the future of our region.

Thank you!



Important DACA Renewal Deadline

Important information for DACA recipients:  if you have a DACA issuance or a work permit that expires on or before March 5, 2018, then you can apply for a 2-year renewal.  Renewal applications must be received by October 5, 2017.

To help ensure that our residents are fully informed about their rights and opportunities, the City and School District are circulating this flyer in English and in Spanish with much more information.

Immigrants have contributed immeasurably to the history and vitality of New Rochelle and remain essential to the character and health of our community today.  Especially at a time of heightened concern and sensitivity surrounding immigration issues, I am proud to stand in support of New Rochelle’s Dreamers.


La Rochelle in the House

Mayor Noam Bramson welcomes business school students from La Rochelle, France.

At City Hall today, I was pleased to welcome several dozen students from Ecole Superieur de Commerce in La Rochelle, France.  They are attending classes at Iona’s Business School as part of a cultural and educational exchange organized by New Rochelle’s Sister City Committee.  Bienvenue!


Kimmel Nails It

I rarely comment on late-night comedy, but Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue last night about the Cassidy-Graham health care bill is really worth watching.

No euphemisms, no pulled punches, not even any real comedy — just a powerful denunciation of the cynicism, dishonesty, and complete indifference to human costs associated with the latest (and worst) effort to repeal Obamacare.

Cruel and purposeless, this legislation is divorced from any coherent policy objective and utterly lacking public support.  Yet, impelled by the self-generated and entirely political urgency to “repeal and replace,” it is just one or two wavering votes short of passage.  As a friend who works at a health care think tank wrote to me last night: “this is not a drill.”