MAYOR OF NEW ROCHELLE
Leadership That’s Working… For All Of Us.
New Rochelle is on a roll, with the lowest crime rate in generations, the best bond rating in 80 years, major new investments in roads, parks
Thank you to the people of New Rochelle for electing me to another term as mayor. Looks like the final tally will run to about 63% of the vote — a big victory amid high turnout, and a deeply gratifying validation of our shared accomplishments, vision, and values. I will continue doing everything in my power to justify the confidence of our community.
At the same time, I am mindful that a sizable minority of New Rochelle residents voted to move in a different direction. I hear their voices, too, and will strive to bring our city together around a positive future from which all of us can benefit.
Congratulations to the other election winners. I am especially pleased to welcome newcomers Martha Lopez and Sara Kaye to the City Council, both of whom won by overwhelming margins. They join Yadira Ramos-Herbert, another outstanding newcomer who was, in effect, elected in the primary back in June, plus returning Council Members Ivar Hyden, Liz Fried, and Al Tarantino, forming an expanded 6-1 Democratic majority. (Also, for the first time in twenty-five years and only the second time in history, a majority of City Council members will be women.) In County Legislative contests, Damon Maher, Terry Clements, and Catherine Parker were all deservedly returned to office. Here are the final, unofficial results.
Let me also acknowledge Brendan Conroy and Sarah Langlois for their strong campaigns and thank my colleague Lou Trangucci for his years of service on the City Council. Until you have run for office, it is difficult to understand just how difficult and personally grueling a process it is; all the candidates should be applauded for their willingness to put themselves forward.
Finally, Catie and I offer our heartfelt gratitude to the countless friends and neighbors who stood with us in recent months, contributing time, energy, money, labor, wisdom, and faith. It is profoundly humbling to be at the center of a team effort to which so many people have given so much, far beyond any reasonable claim or expectation.
My happiness this morning is blended with exhaustion, and I am looking forward to some down time with my family. But not too much! Still lots of works to do this year, and then a new term starting January filled with exciting possibilities and bright prospects. This is the most promising moment in New Rochelle’s modern history — let’s make the most of it.
Here’s a link to last night’s candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters (the Mayoral segment begins at 44:36):
My family thought I did really well, but they’re biased, so you be the judge.
And if you agree that our debate was a useful discussion of experience, vision, and values heading into the mayoral election on November 5th, then please share this post with your friends and neighbors.
A successful promotional campaign is much more than fluff; it helps support New Rochelle’s downtown development plans, and pays dividends to all of us in the form of a better local economy, positive civic image, and stronger housing market. With that in mind, please view New Rochelle’s latest video, highlighting our community as an ideal place to live, work, and grow. And the next time you’re on the train, be sure also to check out our new promotional posters, which are popping up on Metro-North.
Earlier today, New Rochelle was proud to launch the CircuitNR, offering free rides around our burgeoning downtown, using a fleet of three electric — and really neat-looking — shuttles.
Residents and visitors alike can request an on-demand ride anywhere in the shuttle coverage area. You can use the “Ride Circuit” App (from the App Store or Google Play) to alert a fleet driver to come pick you up. Or you can simply wave down the nearest CircuitNR driver if the vehicle has vacant seats. There’s more in this press release.
The CircuitNR augments our already robust transit and mobility options, and is a tremendous value add for our downtown. Good for business, good for the environment, fun, innovative, and supportive of New Rochelle’s ongoing growth and development.
I just finished delivering my 2019 State of the City Address to an overflow audience at City Hall.
My remarks highlighted our community’s significant and exciting progress on a range of economic, environmental, and social priorities, while also acknowledging persistent challenges that require our continued attention and focus. The State of our City is the strongest it has been in my lifetime, but it can be stronger still. Please read the whole speech by downloading the text as a PDF or by copying this address into your browser:
Or for a more concise — albeit less coherent — version, check out this word cloud.
Video should be posted shortly, and I will share it when available.
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the video.
Please join me for the annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, March 20th at City Hall. The evening begins with a networking reception at 6:00pm, followed by the speech at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. There’s more in this flyer. Hope to see you there!
Please watch my half-hour interview with Tamar Tait of the League of Women Voters. We talked about New Rochelle’s history, our downtown plans, infrastructure investments, the public school system, the new State Senate majority, and much more. A good conversation about our community’s past, present, and future. If you find the conversation informative, please also share the link with friends.
Con Ed’s unexpected announcement of a moratorium on new natural gas service poses potentially serious challenges to economic development throughout Westchester. I remain confident, however, that through collaboration with regional partners in government, common-sense flexibility from the utility, and, potentially, State assistance for alternative energy options, we can implement practical solutions. Earlier today, I participated in a press conference on this subject. My comments start at 16:05 and at 33:05. I thank County Executive George Latimer for his strong leadership on this important priority.
Catie and I are making the switch this year from printed holiday cards to an e-card. A lot less paper, so a little more green, but the same sincere good wishes from our whole family. May the season bring you joy and may 2019 be a year of peace, health and happiness.
New Rochelle was just awarded a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies through the “Mayors Challenge.” We are one of only nine cities throughout the nation — out of more than 300 competitors — to win this award.
Bloomberg recognized New Rochelle for our innovative use of augmented and virtual reality to help guide community development. We’ll now utilize the grant to develop an interactive, open source application that will empower residents to better visualize and shape the city’s growth. This tool aims to enhance both the quality and inclusiveness of public input — and could even make the planning process fun.
With this terrific news, New Rochelle is really on a roll. After all, it was just a few weeks ago that we won the coveted Downtown Revitalization Initiative from New York State. Now another big, big win. It’s thrilling.
There’s more here, and a full press release follows below.
New Rochelle Wins $1 Million in Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge
New Rochelle is One of Nine Cities Recognized for Innovative Solutions to Urgent Local Issues
New Rochelle, NY- October 29, 2018: Michael R. Bloomberg today announced New Rochelle as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, a yearlong competition that challenged city leaders to uncover and test bold, inventive ideas to confront the toughest problems faced by cities today. Nine cities will receive $1 million to begin implementation on potentially breakthrough solutions to homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity.
New Rochelle was selected as a winner for their innovative approach to improving citizen engagement through the use of immersive technology (ie. virtual reality and augmented reality) to clearly present development plans for new buildings and public spaces to New Rochelle residents- a process all too often steered by private developers. By developing their own advanced tools, the City and its stakeholders will be able to efficiently envision and evaluate options.
“The Mayors Challenge has inspired our entire team to be more creative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative,” said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. “Our community will benefit enormously, not only from interactive tools that will help shape the most ambitious growth in our history, but also from the spirit of service and commitment to excellence that has been the hallmark of our interactions with Bloomberg Philanthropies.”
New Rochelle joins Denver, CO, Durham, NC, Fort Collins, CO, Georgetown, TX, Huntington, WV, Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA, and South Bend, IN as winners of the U.S. Mayors Challenge.
“Mayors across the country are tackling the big issues that Washington is ignoring. This competition is designed to help them do even more, by incentivizing and supporting big – and achievable – new ideas,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City. “Congratulations to all of the winning mayors, who represent cities large and small, in regions across the country. We look forward to seeing the results of their work — and to helping the ideas that prove most effective spread far and wide.”
The Mayors Challenge Selection Committee, co-chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns, is comprised of distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives, and social innovation leaders. The committee evaluated the cities applications based on their idea’s vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities to choose New Rochelle as among the nine winning cities.
New to the Mayors Challenge this year was a 6-month “test and learn” phase where each of the 35 Champion Cities received up to $100,000 and technical assistance to test and build support for their ideas. Cities tested core components of their ideas with residents, improved and refined their proposals, and developed a plan for implementation and impact measurement.
“Thanks to the stimulating opportunity from Bloomberg Philanthropies and its Champion City competition, our Interactive Digital Environments Alliance (IDEA) was able to assemble a diverse team of creative technologists, artists, planners, public officials, business people and community members to pursue using augmented and virtual reality technology for better communication between government and its residents,” said BID Executive Director Ralph DiBart. “We are grateful that IDEA New Rochelle will now be able to continue this work and develop an app and toolkit which will allow communities across the Country to access the power of these new immersive technologies to advance the ways that government can engage all its citizens in meaningful dialogue about planning the future of their community.”
The U.S. Mayors Challenge builds on the success of previous Bloomberg Philanthropies-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Previous Mayors Challenge winners include São Paulo, Brazil with a program to increase farmers’ income and reduce urban sprawl; Barcelona, Spain for work to create digital trust networks that support at-risk elderly citizens; and Providence, RI, for a program to measure and reduce the “word gap” among low-income children during pivotal brain development years. For more information, visit mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org.