Northern Suburbs News
Yankee pitcher helping restore old NY church
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- It's another save for Mariano Rivera.
A Christian congregation that includes the star Yankees reliever is taking over a century-old church in a New York suburb and promising to restore it.
Rivera said at a news conference Tuesday that he fell in love with the North Avenue Church in New Rochelle the moment he saw it.
Rivera says his Spanish-language congregation had been looking for a permanent home.
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.
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.
new rochelle, northern suburbs news
- Nanny identifies new hero after attempted abduction in Chelsea
- AccuWeather: A Little Cooler
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- DISH Network signs on for WATCH ABC app
- Man arrested for arson in Water Mill fire
- Dead body found in plastic container in Brooklyn
- Bergen County officer injured in Lodi crash
- 2 killed in wreck on Southern State identified
- No hearts stolen on date, only NJ woman's dog, TV
- Photos: Lodi crash injures police officer
- Woman fatally shot in Queens; man in custody
- Suspect charged in attempted baby abduction
- 4 charged in Elizabeth auto body shop robbery
- Scooter rider fatally shot in South Ozone Park