District 5

Council Member Barry R. Fertel
In January, 2006 Council Member Fertel was appointed by the City Council to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of former Council Member Noam Bramson as mayor. In November, 2006, he was overwhelmingly elected, winning over 87% of the vote, and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2007 and 2011.

Mr. Fertel has lived in the Bayberry section of New Rochelle for over 25 years. He has been a committed public servant in New Rochelle, having also served on the New Rochelle Board of Education for over 14 years, winning elections twice citywide. Mr. Fertel served both as the Board's vice-president and president. During his tenure, the number of students attending New Rochelle's public schools grew from less than 8,000 to over 11,000.

Mr. Fertel has also been active in community affairs, having served as a member of the board of directors of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, which provides funding for enhanced educational programs in New Rochelle’s public schools. As a member of the City Council, he has overseen a number of initiatives and improvements in New Rochelle, including the GreeNR sustainability plan, McMansion legislation, significant improvements in athletic fields funded by a County legacy grant, the establishment of a Commuter Advisory Council, North Avenue streetscape improvements, downtown enhancements, and traffic improvements.

Mr. Fertel, a practicing attorney, grew up in the Bronx and attended the Bronx High School of Science. He received his BA from Stony Brook University and his law degree cum laude from the University of Buffalo, where he was president of the Student Bar Association. Before entering private practice, he worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York. As part of his commitment to New Rochelle, he recently located his law practice from New York City to downtown New Rochelle where he specializes in litigation and education law.