Can you do me a favor? Would you please sign my petition to become a delegate to this year’s Democratic National Convention? I’m on a slate of eight delegates, who are pledged to Pete Buttigieg, and we need to collect at least 500 signatures from our area this month in order to qualify for the ballot. (A little more on that below.) If you are willing to sign, please meet me this weekend at either of these times and locations:
Saturday, January 11th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the Starbucks near Iona (726 North Avenue)
Sunday, January 12th from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Starbucks in Wykagyl (1278 North Avenue)
As another option, you can drop by Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway) any time, where our same petition will be available.
In order to be eligible to sign, you must (a) live in the 16th Congressional District of New York, meaning that Eliot Engel is your Congressman, and (b) be registered to vote as a Democrat.
Signing the petition does not obligate you to vote for Pete Buttigieg or for anyone else. It simply allows delegates like myself to qualify for the ballot, so that the democratic primary process can occur. The New York primary will take place on April 28th — that’s when you have to choose a candidate.
Although our local delegate slate covers the whole Congressional District, I am proud to say that New Rochelle is very well-represented. In addition to myself, the delegate slate includes New Rochelle residents Fabiola Brito-Briseno, Sharad Khemani, and Gwen Clayton (the co-owner of Alvin & Friends.) The slate also includes Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who represents half of New Rochelle, and Michael Clain, the former Mayor of Pelham.
I’ve never before tried to collect signatures on a petition this way, so it’s a bit of an experiment, and I am counting on my friends to show up! If you have a couple of minutes this weekend, I would really be grateful to see you. Coffee’s on me.
I am very proud to back Pete Buttigieg for President. If you share my enthusiasm for Pete, then please consider applying to be a Buttigieg delegate at next year’s Democratic National Convention. It’s a rare and exciting opportunity to participate directly in the nomination of our next President. Just fill out this form.
The Buttigieg campaign is also seeking volunteers to help collect signatures to put Pete on the New York ballot. The primary is in April, but signature collection begins later this month. If you are able to help out, there’s more information here.
I’ll be posting more about the Presidential race in the weeks ahead, as the New York primary gets closer.
It is often said that New Rochelle is divided politically between north and south, but maybe it’s time to update that conventional wisdom. The Board of Elections has just compiled the final, official results of the 2019 mayoral election, and they show a remarkable degree of uniformity across our supposed north-south dividing line*. Here are the percentages of votes I received on the . . .
North Side: 62.8%
South Side: 62.9%
To be sure, New Rochelleans have wide-ranging opinions about politics and everything else, but these competing views exist within neighborhoods, as much as between neighborhoods. And although there are statistical differences between north and south when it comes to land use and demographic characteristics, it turns out that folks all over town have similar priorities, values, and concerns.
New Rochelle is one city, more united than we sometimes realize, going up or down together, and we do ourselves a disservice by wrongly imagining sharper divisions than actually exist.
* Defined here as roughly Mayflower Avenue and Iona College
Pete Buttigieg continues to offer the most thoughtful and achievable plans in the Presidential race. The latest example: a comprehensive package of reforms and initiatives aimed at providing dignity and security in retirement. One of many reasons why I am so proud to support #PeteForAmerica
A terrific piece about the dynamics and personalities of the U.S. Congress in this week’s New York Times magazine, as seen primarily through the eyes of new Representatives Abigail Spanberger and Ayanna Pressley. Individual Congresspeople are often enormously impressive and admirable, genuinely striving to do good work, even as service within the institution as a whole seems like an increasingly miserable experience. The article does a remarkable job of capturing these cross-currents. Really a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the present moment in our politics. (Full disclosure: the article’s author, Susan Dominus, is a good friend. Not that I am biased or anything.)
Thank you to the people of New Rochelle for electing me to another term as mayor. Looks like the final tally will run to about 63% of the vote — a big victory amid high turnout, and a deeply gratifying validation of our shared accomplishments, vision, and values. I will continue doing everything in my power to justify the confidence of our community.
At the same time, I am mindful that a sizable minority of New Rochelle residents voted to move in a different direction. I hear their voices, too, and will strive to bring our city together around a positive future from which all of us can benefit.
Congratulations to the other election winners. I am especially pleased to welcome newcomers Martha Lopez and Sara Kaye to the City Council, both of whom won by overwhelming margins. They join Yadira Ramos-Herbert, another outstanding newcomer who was, in effect, elected in the primary back in June, plus returning Council Members Ivar Hyden, Liz Fried, and Al Tarantino, forming an expanded 6-1 Democratic majority. (Also, for the first time in twenty-five years and only the second time in history, a majority of City Council members will be women.) In County Legislative contests, Damon Maher, Terry Clements, and Catherine Parker were all deservedly returned to office. Here are the final, unofficial results.
Let me also acknowledge Brendan Conroy and Sarah Langlois for their strong campaigns and thank my colleague Lou Trangucci for his years of service on the City Council. Until you have run for office, it is difficult to understand just how difficult and personally grueling a process it is; all the candidates should be applauded for their willingness to put themselves forward.
Finally, Catie and I offer our heartfelt gratitude to the countless friends and neighbors who stood with us in recent months, contributing time, energy, money, labor, wisdom, and faith. It is profoundly humbling to be at the center of a team effort to which so many people have given so much, far beyond any reasonable claim or expectation.
My happiness this morning is blended with exhaustion, and I am looking forward to some down time with my family. But not too much! Still lots of works to do this year, and then a new term starting January filled with exciting possibilities and bright prospects. This is the most promising moment in New Rochelle’s modern history — let’s make the most of it.