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
New Rochelle has launched an innovative new program called NourishALL (sounds like New Rochelle when you say it out loud) with the twin goals of sustaining our most vulnerable residents and supporting local restaurants. 1,000 people, who have been identified by ten community agencies, such as HOPE and the Municipal Housing Authority, are each receiving $50 gift cards for takeout or delivery at one of twenty participating restaurants, with a new round of gift cards to be issued on a weekly basis. It’s a great concept that supplements the essential food security efforts already underway in New Rochelle, while also providing much-needed income to local eateries.
So far, the program is funded entirely by generous contributions from developers, who have committed about $400,000. The more money we raise, the more people we can serve, and the longer we can keep the program going, so please consider making your own tax-deductible contribution through this link.
As one of the first communities in America to face the COVID-19 pandemic, New Rochelle is determined to set a positive example of strength and resilience. This innovative program, a true model of public-private partnership, will help position our entire city to emerge united from the crisis.
Please join me for the annual State of the City Address on Thursday, March 5th at New Rochelle City Hall. The speech begins at 7:30pm, and is preceded by a reception starting at 6:00pm. Everything is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Hope to see you there.
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.