Another Save For Yankees’ Mariano Rivera: New Rochelle’s North Avenue Church

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) — It’s another save for Mariano Rivera.

A Christian congregation that includes the star Yankees reliever is taking over a century-old church in New Rochelle and promising to restore it.

Rivera said at a news conference Tuesday that he fell in love with the North Avenue Church the moment he saw it. Rivera says his Spanish-language congregation had been looking for a permanent home.

“It is a privilege for me to be here,” Rivera said. “To me it’s worth it to have this beautiful church renovated in the city of New Rochelle.”

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The church, built in 1907, has been owned by the city for decades and has been vacant and falling into disrepair. Its bell tower was removed last year for safety reasons.

“We have a lot of goals to work with the youth,” said Rivera. “That is my passion. We are working hard to make it open as soon as possible.”

Mayor Noah Bramson says Rivera’s church will lease the building, restore it and eventually buy it for $1. The cost of the restoration has been estimated at $3 million.

“It is a much beloved structure in New Rochelle history,” said Mayor Bramson. “We are here to celebrate to bring the church back to its original luster.”

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  • j.j.

    Pool party at Mo’s house!!

  • railien7

    The problem is that the city of NR continues to give away property to developers etc. The story is that there’s a parking lot included for free but people would have to pay to park there. Rivera reportedly had someone on his team that used to work for the NR government that could’ve greased the skids for this giveaway. The overtaxed homeowners of New Rochelle are the losers because they’re the ones footing the bill. For example, paying between $12 and 20,000 per year in property taxes is the norm. Spending and govermnet giveaways keep going up and up.

    If you want more information about all of this, check out the ‘Talk Of The Sound’ local news blog. You’ll find out a whole lot more about this and New Rochelle you didn’t know existed.

    • railien7

      His restaurant recently had to get a new ‘investor’ and be completely remodeled. I don’t think there’s much success there. Cioffi should’ve done more digging into the situation instead of just doing a fluff piece.

  • Kevin

    what a shame. restore a church so you can continue to spread lies. use your brain people.

    • scott


  • John

    I was born in New Rochelle 50 years ago today. What a great story to celebrate my 50th birthday. Simply fantastic,

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