A Look Back: 2013 Was An Exciting Year For White Plains

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Noam Bramson shakes Rob Astorino's hand before their first debate for county executive. Photo Credit: Suzanne Samin

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- It has been an exciting year for White Plains, which was recently ranked one of the most exciting small cities in the U.S. at No. 21.

White Plains was one of the main battlegrounds for the 2013 county executive election, when incumbent Rob Astorino beat New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson on Nov. 5.

On that same day, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach beat challenger Cass Cibelli to gain his second term. 

After years of back-and-forth, the modified environmental findings statement for the French American School of New York (FASNY) development was adopted by White Plains council in a 6-1 vote on Dec. 19.

The proposed plan would call for a nursery, elementary and high school to be built in White Plains - in order to unite the three branches of the school.

The plan has yet to be adopted.

At the meeting, councilman Benjamin Boykin said FASNY would be an opportunity for White Plains to continue to compete for its role amongst the world's best cities.

"White Plains needs to continue to find ways to improve and be innovative. I believe that FASNY is an opportunity that will ... [take White Plains]... to another level," he said.

The year also had its somber moments.

Commuter safety was called to question in White Plains in September after a 21-year-old woman was injured when she was pushed in front of an oncoming Metro North train at the White Plains train station by Howard Mickens, 39. She recovered from her injuries and was able to walk again. 

Marjorie Anders, spokeswoman for the MTA, asserted that White Plains commuters are safe.

Supporters huddled together and lit candles despite strong winds on the evening of Nov. 19 to observe the two-year anniversary of the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an ex-Marine and law enforcement officer shot to death in his home by White Plains police on Nov. 19, 2011.

His son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., said, "Although we have made some progress, two years later we have yet to scratch the surface to get to the truth of a tragedy we  know never should have happened." 

What will you remember from this year? Join the conversation below. 

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