Go Gaels!

Congratulations to Iona University’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.  Both won their respective MAAC Championships and will now compete in the NCAA Tournament.  A great achievement for @ionauniversity.  New Ro is rooting for you all the way.

Supporting DACA

Proud that New Rochelle is among about 40 local governments nationwide that have signed on to this amicus brief in support of the DACA program.  As the brief rightly states:

“Amici are economically, politically, and socially diverse, and they share a common interest in building communities where all residents, regardless of immigration status, feel safe and empowered to participate in civic life . . . The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the current rule (2022 DACA Rule) directly benefit all of amici’s residents by encouraging DACA recipients to openly participate in their communities and interact with local governments. Before DACA was first instituted in 2012, many DACA recipients feared the basic tasks of everyday life, like going to work, attending school and church, or simply buying groceries. Mothers and fathers with American citizen children often left in the morning uncertain if they would come home and see their children again. DACA was created and exists to ameliorate fears like these: DACA both focuses limited immigration enforcement resources on those with significant criminal history, and enables young people — who often know no country other than this one — to contribute to their communities.”

State of the City 2023 – A Golden Hour

Last night, I had the privilege of delivering my final State of the City Address to a full house at New Rochelle City Hall.  Please read or view the speech to see why I believe this is New Rochelle’s “golden hour, in which all things seem possible.”  Special thanks to our communications team for putting together this wonderful video, with images connected to the speech’s words and themes.


Last Reminder: State of the City Tomorrow, March 9

Hope to see you at my final State of the City Address tomorrow, March 9th at City Hall, 515 North Avenue.  Doors open at 6:30pm, and the speech begins at 7:30pm.  Please join community leaders, neighbors, colleagues, and friends as we reflect on New Rochelle’s challenges, opportunities, and progress.

Three Years Later

A moving retrospective from News12, marking the third anniversary of New Rochelle’s wrenching experience as an early epicenter of the COVID pandemic.  I remain deeply grateful for our community’s strength and resilience in the face of an unprecedented challenge.  Watch here.

Boys and Girls Club Seeks Support

Rendering of the new Remington Clubhouse

For more than 90 years, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle has nurtured academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good citizenship for every young person who walks through its doors, while serving as a vital partner to the City government and School District. This invaluable community resource is about to embark on an exciting new chapter, with the opening this September of a state-of-the-art Remington Clubhouse.

The new Remington is the most significant youth development facility built in New Rochelle in two generations and a cornerstone of the larger revival of Lincoln Park and the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood. Nearly twice the size of the old building, it will allow the club to serve more than 700 members and significantly expand its positive impact. Local kids and teens will benefit from a nurturing, safe environment equipped with learning centers, a gym, basketball court, music/podcast studio, teen room/lounge, STEAM room, cafeteria, and more.

Construction of the new clubhouse was funded primarily through a development agreement encompassing nearby housing, and the Club’s leadership has successfully pursued both private and public contributions, including City support.  Even so, the Club still aims to raise an additional $1 million this year to equip and open the clubhouse on time, plus an additional $4 million during the next several years to provide for future programming and maintenance and Remington, and for the Club’s growth overall.

Please consider investing in Remington and in a stronger New Rochelle for us all.  Learn more at https://bgcnr.org/the-new-remington-building/.