The Westchester Guardian
A New Council and the Possibility for a New Direction for New Rochelle
Continued from page 22 he has lived in New Rochelle had undergone “monumental changes.” He was grateful for his parents’ strong values and the support given him by his wife and six children. While the landscape of New Rochelle had changed, he feels we need to ensure “more than the skyline will be enhanced.” His view was that no concern was too “trivial” to be entertained. He reinforced his concept with a reference to a question he had asked voters at a large gathering in previous campaigns, that is, “Did they think their quality of life had improved?” but he said “no hands went up.” Later that afternoon, the Democrats held their Inauguration Ceremony. Their host, Westchester County Clerk and former Mayor Tim Idoni, was also Master of Ceremonies. He noted January 1st was a new beginning for New Rochelle. Outgoing Councilwoman Marianne Sussman said she was hopeful for the future of the city and announced the names of all the dignitaries in the audience as had Colety similarly done at the Republican installation. Mayor Noam Bramson was administered the oath of office by Judge John Colangelo. In the acceptance speech that followed, Bramson said it was a day of new beginnings and that he was extending his hand to both parties. Mass transit, the appeal of the shoreline, and greener practices are the focus for the future. He noted the hardest choices can produce the greatest rewards, reinforcing the best days of New Rochelle are “still to come.” Senior Councilman Barry Fertel, D. 5, was administered the oath of office by City Judge Susan Kettner. Fertel stated New Rochelle was a city of diversity “with it own Space Shot.” Residents have expressed dissatisfaction to him
about the city’s budget. Thoughtful choices he said will have to be made in the future; such as, “Do we make the necessary capital improvements?” He felt transit orientation was not the city’s salvation but it could move the City forward. Shari Rackman, Councilwoman D. 6, after being given the oath of office by Stephen Jerome, a principal of Monroe College, said “she had lived in New Rochelle since she was a teen-ager. She was “thrilled” with the small neighborhoods, which created a “beautiful mosaic” in the city. She urged residents to take advantage of the whole city. She said, downtown was a “city-wide” priority. The tax base, she thought, needed to be strengthened. Councilman Jared Rice’s Mother, Judge Gail Rice, administered his oath of office. Acknowledging the help of his campaign committee, his family, wife and parents, brother and daughter, he said he was committed to this “journey.” He cited his input for the new district lines and his Beautification Day, and said he was looking forward to the changes for Hartley House. Ivar Hyden, Councilman D.4, was the last one to be administered the oath of office by Zoning Board Chairman Richard Sosis. After he acknowledged support of his wife Diane, he thought the city would be brighter with a new council, adding, “The Ivar you know is the Ivar you will get.” Hyden said he was looking forward to bringing new ideas and new approaches to city government. He promised he “will take the city in a new direction.” Only time will tell how these differences in approach will allow the city to move forward. Peggy Godfrey is a freelance writer and a former educator.
Retirement Brunch For Westchester County Legislator William Burton OSSINING, NY -- A retirement brunch for Westchester County Legislator William Burton will be held on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 12 Noon at the Atria, 321 North Highland Avenue (Route 9) in Ossining. Legislator Burton served the 9th Legislative District on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for six years. The brunch is open to the public with a cost of $50 per person, which includes a special gift. Checks should be made payable to Richard Wishnie/Burton Party and mailed to Richard Wishnie, 47 Briarbrook Drive, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. For questions about the event please call 914-953-8297.
THURSDAY, January 5, 2012
Published on Jan 8, 2012