New Rochelle Talk of the Sound
December 16, 2014, Excerpts
ISRAEL – New Rochelle City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Richard St. Paul recently returned from Israel, a trip sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation (“AIEF”), the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC, America’s pro-Israel lobby. The Foundation funds educational seminars to Israel for members of Congress and other political influentials. These AIEF-sponsored trips help educate political leaders and influentials about the importance of the U.S. – Israel relationship through firsthand experiences in Israel, briefings by experts on Middle East affairs, and meetings with Israeli political elite.We spoke with St. Paul soon after his return to the United States. read more
Published as part of the February 1, 2008 edition. Excerpts
Village proceeds with cumulative voting remedy to voting rights violation
By Jananne Abel
It’s now official; there will be no Port Chester village election on Mar. 18. In fact, there will be no election for trustee of the village until the court orders it. After United States District Judge Stephen C. Robinson’s decision in the voting rights case against the village was released last Tuesday, ruling that the village’s at-large voting system violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and discriminates against Hispanics, there was the expectation that the election would eventually be cancelled, although the 56-page opinion did not specifically address it.
At age 11, Richard St. Paul says he knew he wanted to be a public servant. Today at age 33, he serves as the youngest sitting City Council member in New Rochelle, carving himself a bright political future while living his dream.
A native of the Bronx, St. Paul also grew up in New Jersey, where he attended middle school and high school. While in school, he had a fascination for social studies, leading him to aim for a career in politics.
“I wanted to be in Congress, and when I started studying all of the people who were serving in Congress, I noticed that they were all lawyers,” he said.