State of the City Address on March 3rd – You’re Invited

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The annual State of the City Address is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, March 3rd.  It’s a great  opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and, more importantly, look ahead to future challenges.  Please join me!

This event is sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, which also hosts a cocktail hour and dinner starting at 6pm at a cost of $55 per person.  To make a reservation, please email the Chamber’s Jennifer Lanser at

The speech alone is free, so if you want to skip dinner, plan to arrive at about 7:30pm – first-come, first-served for seating.

(And please note that the speech will be at a new location this year – Beckwith Pointe.)

Here are all the details.  You can also get more information from the Chamber at 914-632-5700.

State of the City: March 1st

On Thursday, March 1st, I will deliver my seventh State of the City Address at the Davenport Club on Davenport Avenue. This annual event is open to the public, so please consider attending.

The speech, which starts at about 7:45 pm, is free and requires no ticket.

If you would like to attend a dinner prior to the speech, sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, then please contact the Chamber at 914-632-5700 to make a reservation. The ticket price for dinner is $35 in advance ($40 at the door, if they don’t sell out). Cocktails start at 6:00 pm and dinner begins at 7:00 pm. I start speaking while people are munching on dessert and sipping after-dinner coffee. Experienced attendees will have also fortified themselves with a couple of glasses of wine.

Catie and I hope to see you there.

Invitation to State of the City Address

I will have the pleasure of delivering my sixth State of the City Address on March 10 at the Davenport Club on Davenport Avenue in New Rochelle. While I haven’t yet put any thoughts to paper, I will surely discuss economic challenges, as well as positive opportunities for progress this year and beyond, particularly with respect to local and regional planning.

A dinner sponsored by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce precedes the speech, for which there is a ticket price of $35 ($40 at the door, if they don’t sell out). If you’re buying a ticket, cocktails start at 6:00 pm and dinner begins at 7:00 pm.

The speech itself starts at 7:45 pm and requires no ticket — if you don’t want dinner, the speech is free and open to the public.

Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 914-632-5700 or for reservations to the dinner.

New Rochelle Lights Up for the Holidays

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time right away for the December holidays. New Rochelle’s downtown is the place to celebrate and to shop for all your holiday needs.

If you’re looking for creative gifts for friends and family, don’t miss the second annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Market sponsored by the New Rochelle BID. Local artists and craftspeople will be displaying their jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glassware, woodcraft, and more at BID Gallery 249, located at 249 North Avenue. The Market is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, through December 19.

In addition, the annual inter-denominational Holiday Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the BID, will take place this Thursday, December 2 at Memorial Plaza (corner of Main Street and Memorial Highway). Holiday caroling begins at 5:30 pm, observances of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa follow at 6:00 pm, and a visit from the North Pole will wrap up the event in good cheer at 6:30 pm. Bring the family.

Thanksgiving Parade Returns

On Saturday, the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade made its successful return to North Avenue and Main Street. It was a beautiful fall day with golden leaves all around, and I was grateful to march with Catie, Jeremy and Owen, and also to participate in the Pancake Breakfast earlier that day at New Rochelle High School.

Kudos to the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, John & Charles Valenti, the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation and Grand Marshal Ray “Doc” Kiernan for bringing the tradition back.