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Mariano Rivera goes for another save: a century-old New York church

Jun 28, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera, Joe Biden Reuters

A Christian congregation that includes Mariano Rivera has made a deal to restore a church in the New York City suburb of New Rochelle.

Rivera spoke at a news conference Tuesday, saying his Spanish-language congregation had been looking for a permanent home and that he fell in love with the North Avenue Church in New Rochelle the moment he saw it.

The church, built in 1907, has long been vacant and has been city-owned for decades.  It’s fallen into such disrepair that its bell tower had to be 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.

  1. SmackSaw - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Good for him! That’s what rich people are supposed to do with their money. Don’t wait or depend on the city or state to pay for it. Rivera is a fine honorary American.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Good for Mo!

  3. whitneymuse - Jun 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    HOF for Rivera; he’s the kind of guy you want to root for again, X9

  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Not much you could add to describe the character of the man that wasn’t said in this story.

  5. dyhrdpatsfan - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    He is a class act. Always has been and always will be.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    I donated $7.42 for materials and donated some used brushes last year to repaint an altar at the Church of Satan and I didn’t even get a brief mention in my local paper. I guess you have to be on your way to the all time saves record for anyone to care about the good deeds you do. The world is unfair.

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