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Vaccination or Testing Will Be Required for Municipal Employees

New Rochelle will require municipal employees to be vaccinated or to undergo weekly COVID tests, starting September 8th.  Consistent with parallel actions among other public and private institutions, this measure will help ensure a safe work environment, while also nudging our city closer to herd immunity.  I encourage employers throughout New Rochelle to adopt similar measures.

Hundreds of millions of vaccinated Americans now enjoy health and peace of mind.  By contrast, unvaccinated Americans account for the overwhelming majority of those still — tragically — succumbing to COVID.  Widespread vaccination is the only means of bringing this public health emergency to a conclusive end.

Library Seeks Community Input

The New Rochelle Public Library is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, July 27 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to gather input regarding the Library’s programming, services, and facilities. The ideas generated at this meeting and via a survey to be released afterwards will help shape the Library’s next strategic plan. The in-person meeting will take place in the Library’s Ossie Davis Theater.  Residents and Library patrons can also participate virtually.  Registration is required at https://bit.ly/NRPLvision.

New Ro in the Big Leagues

Josiah Gray

Congratulations to New Rochelle’s own Josiah Gray, among the best athletes to emerge from our community in the last generation, who struck out seven in his major league debut for the L.A. Dodgers.  I’m a Met fan, but I’ll make an exception for the Dodgers when Josiah is on the mound.

Pop-Up Vaccinations this Friday

COVID rates are once again rising here in New Rochelle as the highly-contagious delta variant spreads across our region, so if you haven’t already been vaccinated, now is the time to protect yourself and your family.

A vaccine pop-up is scheduled for this Friday, July 23 from 10am to 2pm at 467 North Avenue near City Hall. And vaccines are available everyday at pharmacies and health care providers throughout New Rochelle and Westchester for all people ages 12 and up.

The vaccine is safe, effective, and free. Hundreds of millions of people have already been vaccinated and now enjoy the freedom and peace of mind that comes with protection from COVID.

For more information about Friday’s vaccine pop-up, call 914-227-9309 or email jkonviss@newrochelleny.com. For general information about vaccine locations, visit www.vaccines.gov. And if you have any questions about the vaccine itself, talk to your doctor to learn the facts.

Shattenkirk and the Stanley Cup

Members of the New Rochelle Lightning welcome Kevin Shattenkirk and the Stanley Cup to City Hall

Very proud to honor hockey great and New Rochelle native Kevin Shattenkirk at City Hall this morning.  Shattenkirk was a key part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2020 championship team, and we’re thrilled that he brought the Stanley Cup back to New Ro.  Welcome home, Kevin!

Youth Voices Can Help Shape the LINC

As New Rochelle plans the Linc — a new linear park that would transform much of the Memorial Highway corridor — we are eager for robust public input to ensure that the park’s elements reflect the goals of the surrounding neighborhood and city.  Given the importance of vibrant parks to young people and families, youth voices are an especially important part of this discussion.  In this spirit, New Rochelleans ages 11 to 19 are invited to a LINC Youth Open House on July 23rd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Participants can register to join at this link.  And here’s a flyer in Spanish.

Valet Parking Now Available in Library South Lot

New Rochelle has launched a valet parking system at the Library South Lot, from Thursday through Sunday, noon to midnight.  The service is easy to use: just pull up to to the valet podium off Memorial Highway and then the valet will provide a virtual ticket, secure your keys, and safely park your vehicle. To retrieve your car, simply send a text with your arrival time or return to the valet podium. There is no additional charge beyond the standard parking rates.  New Rochelle will continue exploring creative strategies to right-size our supply of parking and to improve the experience of visiting and patronizing our downtown.

Take the LINC Survey

What if you had the opportunity to reimagine Memorial Highway as a safe, community-friendly greenway connecting the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood with New Rochelle’s downtown, making it a place where all of us can walk, bike, and play?  That’s the idea behind “The LINC,” and we need your input to make it happen. Through the City’s virtual reality initiative (NRVR), your feedback will help shape, inform, and guide the development of The LINC. Please take a quick moment to participate in the Phase 1 Survey to provide meaningful feedback to the City and project design consultants as they prepare conceptual drawings for the next phase of the project.

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