Vol. 15, No. 2     Jan. 17 - 30, 2002


It's Official: Koppell Installed in Council

Oliver Koppell was formally installed as a member of the City Council for the 11th District on Jan. 6 in a ceremony at the Riverdale YM-YWHA. A former state assemblyman, attorney general and president of Community School Board 10, Koppell succeeds June M. Eisland who served in the seat since 1979. The 11th District includes all of Norwood and Bedford Park.

In remarks to a crowd of over 400 people, Koppell said his five citywide priorities are "assuring the safety and security of people, improving education, protecting the environment in order to maintain an attractive and clean city, preserving the safety net for people in need and ensuring that the economy grows and prospers."

Monsignor Patrick Boyle of St. Brendan's Church in Norwood participated in the invocation and benediction with Rabbi Stephen Franklin of the Riverdale Temple and Father William Davidson of Christ Church.

Koppell said his local priorities include "guaranteeing that there is no filtration plant in the Jerome Park Reservoir, preserving the Hudson River shoreline with community access, striving for community schools of excellence, fighting for real estate tax equity, encouraging commercial revitalization, promoting neighborhood cleanliness, obtaining services for senior citizens including a prescription drug plan, and maintaining a district office where every constituent can get help and information."

During the campaign, Koppell vowed to open a part-time satellite office in the vicinity of Norwood and Bedford Park

Koppell's main office is in the same location as Eisland's old office at 3636 Waldo Ave. in Riverdale. The phone number is 549-7300.

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