New Rochelle mayor gives State of the City address

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New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson gave his State of the City address Thursday night.

Bramson began his speech by addressing the recent school violence in the community and asking residents to come together. He also noted that the city's crime rate has also fallen to a record low. Earlier this week, officials announced New Rochelle High School would get armed guards following a series of violent incidents -- including a stabbing that left a 16-year-old female student dead.

Bramson also said new development initiatives could change the city skyline as New Rochelle continues to try and attract and retain businesses. Some projects would include affordable housing. Another would relocate City Hall.

Even the city's economic programs have seen the impact of violence. Business along the busy North Avenue has suffered after three stabbings there, including that of the high school student.

After the Democratic mayor's speech, Republican City Councilman Louis Trangucci gave positive remarks.

"Overall, I think New Rochelle is on the right path," he said, before elaborating on the development proposals. "I want people of New Rochelle to understand it's not just housing or luxury units, but it's also workforce housing and seniors."

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