State of the City on March 5th

Please join me for the annual State of the City Address on Thursday, March 5th at New Rochelle City Hall.  The speech begins at 7:30pm, and is preceded by a reception starting at 6:00pm.  Everything is free and open to the public.  Seating is first-come, first-served.  Hope to see you there.


Honor MLK Through Service

Starting Saturday, January 18th, Volunteer New York! will host its 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service.  The Volunteer New York! website lists local and regional service opportunities, including:

•  A donation hub at Iona College collecting supplies for those experiencing homelessness, such as baby wipes, bar and liquid soap, body wash, deodorant, shaving cream, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, tissues, and diapers, underwear and socks (in all sizes for men and women). Bring them by Iona College, Spellman Hall from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

•  A NRPD/NRFD Blood Drive. On the MLK Day Holiday itself — Monday, January 20th — New Rochelle’s Fire and Police Departments are joining forces at Fire Station #1 on Harrison Street from 11:30am to 4:30pm to organize a community blood drive. Donors are encouraged to schedule appointments to donate blood at; be sure to enter sponsor keyword “NewRochelle.”  Walk-ins are also welcome.

These aren’t the only opportunities to volunteer. New Rochelle teams up with Volunteer New York! throughout the year.  Be sure to visit their website or subscribe to their newsletter for the latest information.


Light the Night on December 18th

In celebration of the holidays, the City of New Rochelle is partnering with local community leaders along the Lincoln Avenue corridor to arrange an evening of lights, music, entertainment, and all-around fun.  Come “Light the Night” at Lincoln Park on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Here’s more information.


New Ro Thanksgiving Parade on November 23rd

New Rochelle’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is this Saturday, November 23rd, kicking off at 10:00am at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road, and then concluding at North and Bonnefoy Place.  Come celebrate the season with thousands of neighbors.

Before the parade, fuel up at the Pancake Breakfast in the House IV cafeteria at New Rochelle High School from 8:00am to 9:30am.

Thank you to the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence for their sponsorship of these two great traditions.


Learn About Energy Savings (While Enjoying Free Tacos)

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Energize New Rochelle is hosting a free Energy Coach Talk on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00pm at the New Rochelle Public Library.  If saving money on energy bills and making your home more comfortable isn’t enough incentive to show up, here’s an added bonus: free tacos from the Little Mexican Cafe will be served alongside the helpful tips.  Here’s more information from Energize:

Each year, many homeowners dread facing another winter in a drafty and expensive-to-heat house or apartment. Energize New Rochelle provides home energy solutions to help people stop the drafts and save money on their energy bills.

The Energy Coach Talk will be an informational presentation featuring Building Performance Institute certified energy expert Norm Jen, who will demonstrate how homes leak energy and how to fix it. He will also explain how New Rochelle residents can take advantage of state incentives to pay for energy efficiency improvements.

Energized New Rochelle Homeowners will speak about their experiences with the program. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about their own homes.

By encouraging New Rochelle residents to get comprehensive home energy assessments – and to follow through with recommended Home Performance upgrades – Energize New Rochelle will help residents lower their oil and utility bills, achieve year-round comfort in their homes, reduce particulate air pollution and increase local construction employment.