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)
Don’t miss the 15th Annual New Rochelle House Tour on May 31st. The House Tour benefits pediatric emergency services at Montefiore Hospital, so in addition to visiting some of our community’s most interesting, historic, and beautiful homes, you can also support a great cause. There’s more information here. Advance tickets are available now.
In the last 48 hours, a video has circulated that seems to show a New Rochelle Police Officer drawing his firearm and using profanity to order a group of teenagers to halt a snowball fight. The video has gone viral, prompting inquiries from just about every New York media outlet and, more importantly, generating real … Continue reading Context Matters in New Rochelle Police Video
This past weekend, I attended two events in New Rochelle celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In case you are interested, here are the brief remarks I delivered, drawing upon themes from an earlier post on racial justice. It is a pleasure and an honor to be with … Continue reading Honoring Dr. King