Joseph Birman, Human Rights Giant, Rest in Peace

Joseph Birman

Joseph Birman

One of New Rochelle’s truly great residents passed away earlier this month.  Joseph Birman, a theoretical physicist, was a giant in the human rights community, who helped scores of his fellow scientists escape repression in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.

Please read his full obituary in today’s New York Times.

An inspiring life that spanned the world . . . and a valued neighbor in our own small community.


Attention Film Buffs: YoFiFest Begins Sunday

yofiAttention film buffs!  YoFiFest begins this Sunday, October 16th.

What is YoFiFest?  A regional film festival, curated by talented television and movie professionals, with showings throughout lower Westchester, including right here in the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library.

There are many more details about films, times, and locations on the YoFiFest website.

In addition to serving as one of the film venues, New Rochelle is also proud to export a little of our local talent to Yonkers for a screening of the documentary “Siracha” on October 20th.  Alvin & Friends, The Gnarly Vine, and Got Thyme will be among the eateries serving up siracha-themed dishes.

Get your tickets now.


Schumer Back in New Ro to Announce Medicare Legislation

Phillis Maucieri, Exec Dir of the New Rochelle Office of the Aging, Mayor Noam Bramson, Senator Chuck Schumer.

Phillis Maucieri, Exec Dir of the New Rochelle Office of the Aging, Mayor Noam Bramson, Senator Chuck Schumer.

Senator Chuck Schumer was back in New Rochelle yesterday, making an appearance at the Hugh Doyle Senior Center to announce legislation that would protect seniors from fees and penalties associated with complex Medicare sign-up procedures.

The Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (“BENES”) Act would require the federal government to notify seniors of their eligibility to enroll in Medicare six months before their enrollment period – a relatively simple step that could spare seniors a lot of financial pain.



Region’s Cities Team with County Association to Attract Super-Speed Broadband

Mayor Noam Bramson with the WCA's Bill Mooney.

Mayor Noam Bramson with the WCA’s Bill Mooney.

Westchester’s major cities are teaming up with the Westchester County Association (“WCA”) to bring super-speed broadband to our region.

By bundling the demand of several cities, we can compete more effectively for investment in digital infrastructure – and that, in turn, will position our communities to attract the jobs and residents of tomorrow.

The goal: providing widely available high-speed connectivity of about one gigabit per second.  That’s roughly 200 times faster than the typical broadband speed in the United States — enough to download 25 songs in less than one second, or download a feature-length, 2-hour, high-definition movie in 16 seconds.

This initiative is fully consistent with New Rochelle’s ongoing, ambitious efforts to revitalize our downtown, so I thank the WCA for bringing us together and look forward to pursuing this exciting and important opportunity.

Learn more in this press release.



My Latest on Huffpost: Trump Campaign Attacks Trump

trump-debateClick here to read my latest piece on the Presidential campaign in the Huffington Post or copy this address into your browser:

In post-debate press coverage, Donald Trump’s own campaign team brands their candidate lazy, unfocused, and undisciplined.  This is the man they want to install in the Oval Office?!

Read the whole piece, and if you agree with my comments, please like them and share them with others.