On Thursday, I was at Columbus Elementary to observe Eat Healthy NY Day, alongside several School District and County officials, as well as the leadership of the Food Bank of Westchester. The kids were great! Here they are showing off bushels of fresh fruit.
I am delighted once again to offer summer internships to qualified college students (or students graduating from high school this year and entering college in the fall.) For the right young person, it’s a great opportunity to learn about government, have daily interaction with decision-makers, and apply talents and skills to civic goals. There is … Continue reading Summer Internships in Mayor’s Office
Democrats and Republicans may be having some difficulty getting along in Washington, but we’re setting a better example here in New Rochelle, especially when it comes to important causes like saving our local YMCA. On March 26th, all the elected officials from our city — at all levels of government, and from all parties — … Continue reading D & R Unite for Y
A few months ago, Westchester magazine asked me to submit a list of my favorite things in the county, one for each letter of the alphabet, for their recurring “A to Z” feature. Here’s what I came up with. Putting the list together was fun, but also harder than I expected! Not that there is … Continue reading What’s Your A to Z?
Last Fall, the City Council contracted with HOPE Community Services to launch a homelessness prevention initiative. Our goals were two-fold: (1) connect homeless residents to permanent housing opportunities and other essential support services, so that they are better able to lead stable, rewarding, and productive lives; and (2) improve our local business climate by reducing … Continue reading Homelessness Prevention Efforts Show Early Success
Immigration has been an engine of economic, cultural, and creative vitality for our entire nation. When families can stay together, come out of the shadows, and lend their talents to the common good, everyone benefits. Comprehensive immigration reform should be a priority for all of us. That’s why I joined several dozen mayors from around … Continue reading Supporting Immigration Reform
The Boys & Girls Clubs of New Rochelle are an invaluable resource for hundreds of families in our community. On March 14th, you can support the Boys & Girls Clubs – and also recognize several terrific honorees – at their “Be Great” event. Here’s more information about sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales, or visit the … Continue reading “Be Great” for New Ro’s Boys and Girls
Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey gave a speech that many are calling one of the best and most timely ever delivered by an American law enforcement official. I agree. Comey said things I tried to say in prior posts here, here, and here. The difference is that Comey’s comments are far better than mine and, … Continue reading Comey’s Important Speech
Last year, New Rochelle launched a professional “branding” exercise, aimed at better defining and marketing our community’s strengths. A good brand can help attract investment, support business, and generate enthusiasm among residents and visitors alike, so there’s a lot at stake. We’re just now wrapping up the first stage of this process, which involved surveys, … Continue reading Branding Exercise Reaches Milestone
Volunteers play a vital role in almost every aspect of our community – touching countless lives, supporting hundreds of not-for-profits, and forging stronger bonds between neighbors. Westchester just wouldn’t function without volunteers, and there is no group that does more to inspire, mobilize, and connect volunteers throughout our region than Volunteer New York! Last year … Continue reading Have a Cupcake! (Sort Of)