I am the Treasurer for the campaign to elect Ilyse Spertus to City Council representing District 5. Ilyse asked me to join her team after examining some of the analytical work I did for Bob Cox when he was running for School Board. So, in addition to managing the campaign’s cash flow, Ilyse has asked me to look into the state of affairs for our city.
Where the school had a spending problem, the city has a revenue problem. Unfortunately, that means the city’s deficiencies will take more time and effort to correct. A lack of engagement by the community (myself included) has led to the creation of a local government that is lacking in some needed skills and, worse, has a mindset that we need to beg for business. But New Rochelle has some fantastic assets: an ethnically diverse population with a wide range of skills (from real estate to finance to contract negotiation to marketing and more), fantastic topography like our crown jewel waterfront properties, and a fair amount of affluence. These assets are just begging to be tapped, and one reason I support Ilyse is because she wants to lean on the community to help our city realize its potential.