Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

By William O’Shaughnessy | Go to book overview

“THE FUTURE IS HERE …
BEHOLD THE FUTURE!”

The City of New Rochelle, rich in history, was a late
bloomer economically. The Queen City of Long Island
Sound finally got its act together a few years ago,
encouraged by the vision of mega-developer Louis Cappelli
and a brilliant young mayor, Noam Bramson. I gave this
talk high up in one of New Rochelle’s towering new
skyscrapers at a breakfast for the merchant princes,
industrialists, and the elders of the town, at the Avalon
East on September 15, 2008.

THE HON. NITA LOWEY: This is a real honor for me. Never before in the twenty years I have been your congressperson have I been asked to be the “warm-up band” for the great Bill O’Shaughnessy. I have to tell you it’s an impossible task because Bill O’Shaughnessy is New Rochelle. He has been involved in New Rochelle, loving New Rochelle, committed to New Rochelle for as long as I can remember. So I did want to thank him for all he has done to create such excitement. It also takes a team to do all this, and I’m glad to see that most of city hall and all the business leaders are here to hear Bill O’Shaughnessy’s keynote remarks. He is my friend.

JOHN SPICER (PRESIDENT & CEO, SOUND SHORE MEDICAL CENTER): Being in New Rochelle for twenty years, it is very exciting for me too. It is a positive reflection on the city to see all of you here today. I’ve been given the responsibility of introducing someone who really doesn’t need an introduction. When I first came to New Rochelle from NYU Medical Center, any number of people told me: “John, if you want to have half a chance when you get up there, you better get to know Bill O’Shaughnessy, and you better like him!” And in the last twenty years, Bill has taken me—and the medical center—under his wing and helped guide us through so many different issues, and through his willingness

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