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Thank You, Meals on Wheels

Very proud to honor the leadership of Meals on Wheels of New Rochelle for their invaluable service to our community, providing sustenance and companionship to some of our most vulnerable neighbors.  Thank you!

New Ro Makes Climate Progress

Happy to share that I have joined @ClimateMayors — a network of municipal leaders with a common commitment to building sustainable, equitable, resilient cities.

Joining is timely.  New Rochelle just completed a comprehensive analysis of our greenhouse gas emissions, and the data, as illustrated in this power point, show impressive GHG reductions, especially in the indirect emissions from our residential sector.  With tools now in place for ongoing GHG tracking, we’ll be able to update these figures going forward, measuring the impact of local actions to address the climate crisis.

Hudson Valley Mayors Back Housing Initiative

Photo Credit: Lohud

The mayors of several of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley came together to author this op-ed in support of @GovKathyHochul’s efforts to promote housing growth.  Full text of our letter follows below.


Hochul Touts Housing with Business and Community Leaders

Mayor Noam Bramson discussing housing with Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Tom Roach. Photo credit: lohud

@GovKathyHochul returned to Westchester yesterday, joining @WestchesterBiz and community leaders in advocating strongly for housing growth, while also lauding New Rochelle and White Plains as positive models. Transit-served housing is essential to the future of our economy and environment, and the Governor is demonstrating real leadership on this priority.

Join Our Spring Parks Cleanup

Please sign up for New Rochelle’s annual volunteer Parks Clean-up.  Thirteen different park projects across our community are planned for Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, with activities including trail maintenance, trash removal, playground and beach cleanup, and more.  You can register at or call 914-948-4452 for additional information.  Group and team registrations are also available.  More information in this press release.

Zoning Amendments Set Standards for Waterfront, Promote Homeownership

This week, the City Council unanimously adopted a package of amendments to our downtown overlay zone (DOZ.)  Two of these amendments are of special note:

First, we established zoning standards for the Echo Bay waterfront, including dimensional and density limits, as well as requirements for public access to the shoreline.  These are critical steps toward the redevelopment of one of New Rochelle’s most exciting — and presently underutilized — sites.  The City looks forward now to the submission of specific plans from our designated developer, Twining Properties.

Second,  we reserved 400 housing units within the DOZ exclusively for condominiums.  Although New Rochelle’s revitalization efforts have been extraordinarily successful thus far, attracting unprecedented investment and growth, all of the new downtown housing created to-date has been rental, and, ideally, we would like to see a balance of housing types.  The rental/ownership mix is primarily a function of market forces and financing, but this amendment will at least prioritize homeownership by removing condos from competition with rental development for the purpose of zoning entitlements.

Go Gaels!

Congratulations to Iona University’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.  Both won their respective MAAC Championships and will now compete in the NCAA Tournament.  A great achievement for @ionauniversity.  New Ro is rooting for you all the way.

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