Barry Fertel has been committed to positive change in New Rochelle through public service since he settled here to raise a family over 30 years ago.
Barry served on the New Rochelle Board of Education for over fourteen years, winning city-wide election three times by wide margins. During his tenure, he was chosen by his colleagues to lead the School Board as vice-president and president. Barry was instrumental in the planning and development of numerous outstanding programs in the School District, including: magnet programs at the Barnard Early Childhood Center; Columbus Elementary School and Trinity Elementary School; the Alternative High School Program at the Campus School; the PAVE program at New Rochelle High School; and several Blue Ribbons from the U.S. Department of Education.
Barry has coached Youth Baseball and Youth Travel Soccer. He remains an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, dedicated to providing enhanced programs to students in New Rochelle’s schools.
Barry joined the City Council in 2006, and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2007 and 2011 with support across party lines. Representing District 5, Barry has pursued numerous quality-of-life improvements such improving and enhancing Beechmont and Paine Lake, assuring that Iona College’s new dormitory is built on North Avenue rather than in the middle of a residential neighborhood. He also helps residents with quality of life issues on a regular basis. After the massive floods in 2007, Barry has led the local efforts to mitigate and prevent floods, and serves on the Floods committee of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association where he is pursuing regional solutions to the problem. And Barry voted to approve “GreeNR,” New Rochelle’s first plan for sustainable economic growth and environmental progress.
While the recession created a very difficult climate for families and municipalities alike, Barry has voted for budgets that dramatically reduce the City’s staff and freeze salaries in order to avoid Police and Fire layoffs and keep property tax increases to a minimum. Now that we are recovering from the recession, Barry has supported a number of initiatives to take advantage of the currently bright economic climate here in New Rochelle.
After earning degrees from Stony Brook University and the University of Buffalo, Barry served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York. He then entered private practice in New York City, where he worked for 25 years. When he became a member of the City Council, Barry moved his practice to downtown New Rochelle. He specializes in litigation and education law.
Barry lives in the Bayberry section of New Rochelle with his wife, Dr. Valerie Fertel, a dentist with a private practice in New Rochelle. They have three sons, Jeremy, Jason, and Gregory, who all attended New Rochelle’s public schools. Jeremy just graduated from Downstate Medical School and is a resident at Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center. Most importantly, Jeremy and his wife Simona, have a son, Jack, Barry and Valerie’s first grandchild! Jason is an entrepreneurial software engineer, and Greg is a programmer for a social media advertising company.