New Rochelle Takes a Stand

As a small city, New Rochelle can’t by itself change the direction of our country.  But when New Rochelle works together with other cities, we can at least influence the national conversation, prod Congress to action, or express a clear view in the courts.  That’s why I support inter-municipal agreements and initiatives that allow New Rochelle to take a stand on issues of great importance to many of our own residents and consistent with our community’s values.  Here are a couple of timely examples:

Today, New Rochelle is joining 105 cities, towns, and counties in filing an amicus brief in defense of the DACA program, which has helped countless young people remain in and contribute to the only country they’ve ever known.  The full brief has much more information.

Second, as a member of Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination, I am proud to join colleagues in calling on the Supreme Court to affirm that no one should ever lose their job because of who they love.  The Court will hear three cases on this topic today, with big potential implications.

New Rochelle is a welcoming, inclusive community that celebrates diversity, and we should affirm our core values at every opportunity.

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Mayors for Pete

Today, I am proud to join more than 50 mayors from across the nation in endorsing @PeteButtigieg for President of the United States. We made our announcement in an op-ed in USA Today. #PeteForAmerica

Mayor Pete is a generational talent, who will bring to the Presidency a perspective, skill set, and temperament that are ideally matched to the challenges and opportunities of our times. Mayors see firsthand the ground-level impact of policy-making on lives and communities, and we’re the best judges of fellow mayors; the widespread admiration Pete has earned among city leaders across the country is a testament to his exceptional abilities.

There’s more in this press release, and here’s the full op-ed.

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I Agree With President Trump! (At Least This Once)

Here are five words I never expected to write: “I agree with President Trump.” The President honored Mariano Rivera today at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — an entirely fitting tribute to a remarkable man with a deep connection to our community. Skip to 14:00 in the video for a mention of New Rochelle. Apparently, Mariano can bridge any divide!

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MTA Capital Plan is Good News for New Rochelle

Penn Access will connect New Rochelle to the west side of Manhattan

Today’s MTA announcement of a $54 billion capital plan is important news for transit-riders throughout the metro area, and is especially significant for New Rochelle, because it funds Penn Access, which will link the New Haven line to Penn Station. The rail line splits here in New Rochelle, so when Penn Access is completed, New Rochelle will have the closest station to Manhattan with direct service to the east and west sides. From a long-term perspective, it’s hard to overstate how much of a positive impact this will have on our city’s ability to attract investment and population, not to mention improving the daily experience of countless commuters.

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Civilized Nations Accept Refugees

This week I joined more than 360 elected officials nationwide to urge the President to #WelcomeRefugees. Let’s hope he listens to our community and countless others who stand #WithRefugees and recognize that civilized nations welcome the victims of violence, persecution, and war. Here is a press release and our full letter.

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Westchester Cities Receive Youth Services Grant

L to R: Mayor Noam Bramson, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, Mayor Andre Wallace, Senator Shelley Mayer, County Executive George Latimer, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins

Thank you to State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Shelley Mayer, County Executive George Latimer, and Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, the Executive Director of the County Youth Bureau, for delivering a $225,000 grant to Westchester’s cities to bolster youth services. We all have a stake in helping young people make good choices and achieve physical, social, and emotional health.

This press release has all the details.

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