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CircuitNR Expands Service Area

CircuitNR, New Rochelle’s free electric shuttle, is expanding its service area, enabling more residents to take advantage of a convenient, sustainable transportation option, while also providing equitable access to vaccination sites and medical care, which is especially critical to our region’s recovery from the COVID pandemic.

The service area will now extend beyond the downtown and Lincoln Avenue corridor to encompass Stop & Shop on Palmer Avenue to the east, Union and Washington Avenues & First Street to the west (including Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital), Pelham Road & Meadow Lane to the south, and the Wykagyl area to the north.  The number of vehicles in service will increase from three to six, creating additional capacity while maintaining the same level of frequency.

This press release has more information.  And here’s the CircuitNR webpage, including instructions for downloading the Circuit app.

Vaccines Widely Available

COVID vaccines are now widely available in our community and region, representing a significant change from the early days of the vaccination process, when limited supplies posed a major obstacle.  The big challenge now is motivating all of our friends and neighbors to get vaccinated, while also addressing misinformation about vaccine safety.  This afternoon, I sent the following message citywide, one part of our local effort to encourage everyone to get vaccinated.

Good afternoon this is the City of New Rochelle with an update on the ​COVID vaccine.

After months of limited vaccine supply, we have turned a corner, and vaccines are now widely available right here in New Rochelle and throughout our region.

You can make an appointment at a local doctor’s office or pharmacy, or walk-in with no appointment ​to the mass vaccination sites at the Westchester County Center or the Yonkers Armory.   If you need transportation, there are free and low-cost options, including New Rochelle’s Circuit shuttle with an expanded service area, as well as Paratransit and Lyft coupons for eligible riders.

For assistance, visit our website at newrochelleny.com/coronavirus, email newrostrong@newrochelleny.com, or call (914) 227-9309.

And if you’re unsure about taking the vaccine, please: speak to your doctor, talk to your pharmacist, or listen to friends and relatives who have already been vaccinated. Turn to the people you trust, and learn from their direct experience and knowledge.

We’ve all suffered painful losses in the past year. Now all of us can take this simple, safe, and effective step to recovery – for ourselves and for those we love.

This has been Mayor Noam Bramson. Thank you for listening, and stay healthy.

Heritage Park Groundbreaking

Breaking ground at Heritage Park. The little girl second from the right was the undisputed star of the show.

Very proud to join neighbors and colleagues this morning at the groundbreaking for the new Heritage Park, the first of several important projects to move forward under New Rochelle’s DRI, which provides for historic investments along the Lincoln Avenue corridor.  More information in this press release.

Get Yer Free Money (And Help the Planet)

Save energy, lower your carbon footprint, and earn cash.  What’s not to like?  Sign up for Sustainable Westchester’s GridRewards program by searching GridRewards via the App store or Google Play, or by signing up for GridRewards by visiting SustainableWestchester.org/GridRewards.  Plus, if just a few more New Rochelle residents sign up by this Friday, then our community will earn $15,000 for clean energy initiatives.  Catie and I signed up today.  Please join us.

Support the Class of ’21

This has been a tough year to graduate from high school, and the Class of ’21 deserves a great send-off, so big thanks to the New Rochelle High School PTSA for organizing a great community fundraiser.  Donate multiples of $21 in support of the class, and receive a chance to win gift certificates at local businesses.  Another example of #NewRoStrong.

Earth Day Forum Tonight

Please join neighbors and environmental leaders for an Earth Day virtual forum this evening (April 22nd) from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.  Topics will include local sustainability initiatives, energy saving options, and green landscaping.  This event is organized by the City of New Rochelle’s Energy Conservation Advisory Committee and Ecology & Natural Resources Advisory Committee, along with Sustainable Westchester.  More information here.  And you can sign up for the forum at this link.

Applications Invited for Community-Police Partnership Board

Residents of New Rochelle are invited to submit applications to join the City’s new Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB.)  There’s much more information in the press release copied below.  I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in this important subject to consider applying, but please also temper expectations for appointment — there are only seven positions to fill, so it will be necessary to turn away many qualified applicants.

In March, the New Rochelle City Council adopted a Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan, intended to enhance the quality, transparency and fairness of law enforcement practices in New Rochelle, while also providing our Police Department with the support and tools necessary to discharge its vital mission. The Plan contains multiple components and recommendations, including the creation of a thirteen-member Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB).

The Board’s responsibilities will include reviewing and recommending improvements to police training, protocols and policies; examining serious incidents, and recommending a framework for the creation of a Civilian Complaint Review Board. The CPPB will be comprised of four members from the New Rochelle Police Department, one senior City staff member, one City Council Member, and seven members from the community.

The City is now receiving applications for community representatives for the CPPB through the City website www.newrochelleny.com/policing. Applications can also be submitted by mail to the City Clerk, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. The deadline for application is May 15, 2021.

Applicants should be New Rochelle residents and indicate their experiences, skills, leadership roles, and perspectives relevant to the CPPB’s duties. A majority of community members selected will be drawn from neighborhoods or demographic groups with higher than average frequency of Police interaction. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan in order to have a full understanding of the CPPB’s mission, responsibilities, and probable work schedule, and also to understand the broader context of New Rochelle’s Policing reform efforts.

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