Last Reminder: State of the City – This Wednesday Evening

Last reminder.  The New Rochelle State of the City Address is this Wednesday, March 8th at City Hall, starting at about 7:15pm.  Open seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prior to the speech, starting at 6:00pm, please join us for a networking reception, featuring a “Taste of New Rochelle” from several of our newer local eateries.

Hope to see you there.


State of the City on March 8th – You’re Invited

Please join me, municipal and community leaders, and hundreds of our neighbors for the annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 8th.  The speech starts at about 7:15pm, with a networking reception earlier at 6:00pm.  This year, for the time, the event will take place at New Rochelle City Hall.

This flyer has all the details.  Hope to see you there!



Economic Development = Job and Career Opportunities

New Rochelle’s ambitious downtown development plan will create thousands of jobs over the next decade.  To help residents take advantage of these new opportunities – and also acquire long-term career skills – the City is creating a First Source Referral Center.

The First Source Referral Center will work with developers, construction trades, labor unions, and – most importantly – New Rochelle residents to create a pipeline that links job training to placement in specific positions.  There’s more information and background in this memo.

An initial information session about opportunities in construction has already been scheduled for this Wednesday, February 15th.  This flyer has the details.

The First Source Referral Center will be managed by Westhab, a highly-regarded regional not-for-profit, and funded by payments from developers.  It’s all part of our commitment to ensuring that the benefits of economic development are shared as broadly and equitably as possible.



Honoring King in the New Era

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is always an appropriate time to recommit ourselves to social justice.  But this year, given the larger context of national events, the themes of the holiday seem especially relevant and urgent.  At several observances in New Rochelle over the weekend, I offered variations of the following comments:

It is no secret that in a few short days, we will enter a new era — an era that raises very basic questions about who we are as people.

Others, whose experience is longer and broader than mine, may have had occasion to pose these questions before, but for me, for the first time in my life, I find myself asking: do we really mean the patriotic things we say about pluralism, and equal justice under law, and the goodness and exceptionalism of America? Or are these only empty words.

What kind of country do we live in? I’ll be honest. At this moment, I’m not sure of the answer. But I can tell you, with absolute certainty and conviction, what kind of community we live in. So in case there is any doubt or fear, let it be known that:

This is a place where all of us are valued, respected, and welcomed – whoever we are or wherever we come from.

This is a place where we know our own lives are bound up in the lives of our neighbors – that we go up or down together.

This is a place where we don’t celebrate bullies, we stand up to them.

And this is a place where we would never denigrate a civil rights icon, who has been literally beaten bloody in service to justice, by calling him all talk and no action.

We are better than that.  These principles are alive and well in New Rochelle, NY. And no matter the challenge, we will never retreat from them.

Sometimes love doesn’t carry the day. But Dr. King, even in his darkest hour, never stopped believing, with all his heart and mind, that love would always win out in the end.

And if we are to honor his legacy, we must believe so, too.

So, in that spirit, I say: God bless you. God bless our wonderful community of New Rochelle. And God bless the United States of America.


Save the Date: State of the City Address on March 8th

The 2017 State of the City Address is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, March 8th.  Please save the date.

The speech will begin at 7:00pm, preceded by a networking reception starting at 5:30pm.

This year, for the first time, the entire event will take place at City Hall and will be free to the public.  (In prior years, the State of the City has been privately sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and held at a beach club.  The Chamber deserves enormous thanks for its long-standing role as the event organizer, and this change was made in consultation with the Chamber’s leadership.)

Please mark your calendar.  A more formal invitation will be forthcoming.


Thanksgiving Parade & Pancake Breakfast This Saturday

mighty-mouseThe annual New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade kicks off this Saturday at 10:00am on North Avenue at Eastchester Road, with great viewing throughout the parade route along North Avenue and Main Street.  This year, the parade will feature Macy’s-style giant balloons, including Mighty Mouse (born here in New Rochelle at Terrytoons Studio.)

Before the parade, fuel up at the Pancake Breakfast at New Rochelle High School from 8:00am to 9:30am, sponsored by the Fund for Educational Excellence.

See you Saturday.