Tuesday, July 14, 2020

New Rochelle challenger for mayor, Brendon Conroy.

On Tuesday, November 5, Brendon Conroy is looking to oust the 13-year incumbent mayor of New Rochelle, Noam Branson.

“Having been born at New Rochelle Hospital, back when it was New Rochelle Hospital, I’ve lived here my entire life. From Glenwood Lake to Bonnie Crest, from Forest Heights to Rochelle Park, from the East End to Interlaken, I have had the opportunity to call many of New Rochelle’s great and historic neighborhoods home. My wife, Nicole, and I have chosen to raise our family here, so our children can benefit from all the wonderful things New Rochelle has to offer. For a city of 80,000 people, New Rochelle has a rich culture and wide-ranging diversity few communities of this size can match.” 

Conroy added, “My three sons all attended kindergarten in the same ‘duckpond’ classroom I did at Daniel Webster School. That is the sense of community and tradition I want for all of us in New Rochelle.” Conroy’s wife has worked in television news for over 20 years.

Conroy explained that his professional career included over a decade in public administration as the assistant assessor for the City of Rye concurrent with nearly two decades in the real estate industry as a real estate appraiser, property tax consultant and realtor. “I am most proud of having started a property tax grievance business. The success of this business has enabled me to leave the relative safety of civil service and join the ranks of small business owners. Knowing the struggles of a small business owner gives me a more practical perspective on what is needed downtown to help businesses to thrive.

“New Rochelle is in the process of a complete redevelopment of the downtown business district,” stated Conroy. “As we all know, the downtown has needed redevelopment of some kind for decades. However, the current method being used to attract developers to our area is shifting too many of the expenses from these projects to current residents and businesses while allowing developers to make even greater profits.” 

Conroy added, “New Rochelle has already begun to issue bonds for necessary capital improvements, effectively using a credit card for household expenses. If we don’t vote for change now, this pattern of fast-pass approval for these types of deals without input from or consideration for those of us that already live here will continue.”

In detailing his plans for New Rochelle, Conroy said, “I would like to enhance what we already have in New Rochelle and even have a few ideas of what I’d like to see added. For example, it would be wonderful to see community centers added to additional areas in the city. However, before that can be done, we must gain control of the development currently underway. While I have been out in the community campaigning, it has become very clear that a major concern of most residents is the downtown development. Before implementing new plans and ideas, we must get a handle on the current issues brought about by the development already underway. That means taking a look at the lack of oversight in the development downtown and all the underlying issues that have yet to be addressed. These issues include things such as infrastructure improvements, the actual number of students being added to our already crowded school system and how we will ensure emergency services can continue to adequately cover our community.”

Conroy stressed, “I am running to be our next mayor because I am a resident just like the rest of you. Paved streets, plowed roads, regular garbage pickup and a safe community are not partisan issues. We all want these things. We all want to see development in the downtown that helps to bring New Rochelle together as a community. Having had over a decade of experience in public administration and nearly two decades of experience in the real estate industry, I am aware of the many issues that we face both large and small, as a ‘city with a small-town feel.’ My ultimate goal is to work with residents to restore the ‘Queen City of the Sound’ designation that New Rochelle rightfully deserves and not create ‘the Sixth Borough’ developers would like to see.”

The Conroy family is no stranger to Westchester politics, as Conroy’s mother, Cathy Conroy, served on the New Rochelle city council in the 1980s. Her father was Malcolm Wilson, a New York State assemblyman from 1938, who later succeeded then-Vice President Nelson Rockefeller as the 50th governor of New York State.

Additional information about Brendon Conroy can be found at www.brendanconroyformayor.com.

 By Judy Berger



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