Not only did newly elected 80th A.D. Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj bring a Chanukah menorah to White Plains Road and Pelham Parkway, but Friday night was the lighting of the White Plains Road Pelham Parkway Christmas Tree courtesy of Mr. Mark Gjonaj for the first time. As you will see in the photos below State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Mike Benedetto, representatives of Congressman Joe Crowley and Councilman Jimmy Vacca, local community leaders, and hundreds of people came to see the work of Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, and he is not officially in office yet. When i asked why he was doing this for the community, Assemblyman Gjonaj said " I am only happy to do this for the people of the community". Some of the photos may appear a little dark as it was night time when they were taken.
Left - You can see both the Chunakah menorah and Christmas tree on the corner of White Plains Road and Pelham Parkway both provided by newly elected Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj.
Right - White Plains Road BID Director Joe Thompson adds the final touches to the tree before the ceremony
Right - Assemblyman Gjonaj is between the Columbus Campus Dance, Step, & Cheerleader team.
Right - The horse drawn hayride also provided by Assemblyman Gjonaj is coming down Pelham Parkway, as it looks like Santa is getting down from the drivers seat.
Left - Santa poses for pictures by the light of the Chunakah menorah, with the White Plains Road elevated subway in the background.
Right - Assemblyman Gjonaj and Senator Klein are joined by Santa as 80th A.D. State Committeeman Joe McManus is at the mike.
Assemblyman Gjonaj, Senator Klein, and everyone watches as the White Plains Road Christmas tree is lit.