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Phase IV Reopening Begins Today

New Rochelle and our region enter Phase IV of the reopening process today, allowing higher education, as well as low-risk arts & entertainment, to restart operations.  There’s more at

Our continuing progress is good news and a credit to the hard work of all of us in the nation’s former epicenter of the virus.  Even so, spiking rates of infection in other parts of the country serve as an alarming cautionary tale.  The crisis is not over, individual responsibility remains vital, and New York is absolutely right to monitor public health statistics in order to determine if and when restrictions need to be reimposed.

Let’s each do our part to keep moving in the right direction.





Carl Reiner, Rest in Peace

Our nation lost an entertainment giant today, with the passing of Carl Reiner at the age of 98.  New Rochelleans feel a special connection to Reiner and his family, who lived on Bonnie Meadow Road near Davis School.  And, of course, Carl helped make New Rochelle famous worldwide by setting the iconic Dick Van Dyke Show here in our city.

Joining Carl Reiner via video for the honorary renaming of Bonnie Meadow Road back in April of 2018 will always rank among my favorite experiences as mayor.  He could not have been more warm, gracious, and — needless to say — funny.

May Carl Reiner rest in peace, and may his life’s work continue to inspire laughter and joy for many years to come.

Welcome Back, Carl Reiner


Best Letter Ever?

This is maybe the best letter ever, and I wish I could have replied positively.  Sadly, although for admittedly good reasons, farm animals aren’t permitted on properties smaller than two acres, so, like a Grinch, I was forced to say no.  🙁


“Rebound New Rochelle” Launches

Small businesses and micro-enterprises are invited to apply for a “Rebound New Rochelle” grant through the City’s new online portal, with funds available for rent, staffing, working capital or other critical needs. Additionally, business guidance to help manage those funds efficiently will be available through the RXR Realty Volunteer Portal and through The Acceleration Project (TAP).

Rebound New Rochelle will also provide tenant based rental assistance for families who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible applicants should have household incomes, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, of less than 50 percent of the Area Median Income, have been laid off or furloughed from their job, and be unable to pay their rent as a result of the ongoing public health crisis.

Learn more on the Rebound webpage.

By providing meaningful assistance to businesses and individuals, we can accelerate our local recovery and position our entire city for success in a post-COVID environment.  The Rebound program reflects New Rochelle’s strong commitment to inclusive, equitable prosperity from which all of us can benefit.


Which Would You Choose?

Love this piece in today’s New York Times which takes a very positive look at housing options in downtown New Rochelle, where there is “more space at the right price.”

Attracting people to live downtown — at a range of price points, including affordable housing — is a critical part of our ambitious development plan.  Customers for stores, patrons for restaurants, workers for businesses, bringing life and energy, day and night.  Glad to see New Rochelle’s appeal recognized in the paper of record.  Read it here.


Summer Fun “Outside the Box”

Traditional New Rochelle Parks and Recreation day camps had to be cancelled this summer because of COVID-19, but with some “outside the box” thinking, our Parks and Recreation staff has developed a great option for parents and kids called “Outside the Box in our Parks”.

“Outside the Box” programs will run Monday through Friday for six weeks, from July 13 to August 21 on a rotating basis at ten parks throughout New Rochelle. All activities will observe safe physical distancing for 1-2 hour time blocks and be limited to 15-20 children per group. Program classes include fitness, STEM, gardening and more, as well as special events like Truck Day and Scavenger Hunt.  There’s more in this brochure.

Registration is already underway. Call the Parks & Recreation Department at 914-654-2088 or visit for more information or questions.


Phase III Re-Opening Begins Today

Our region’s recovery from COVID continues, as New Rochelle enters Phase III of the re-opening process today.  Restaurants are now allowed to offer indoor dining (at 50% capacity), and personal care businesses are also permitted to open.  More detail at

While our progress is encouraging, responsible behavior remains a must: please continue to wear a mask in public, practice physical distancing, and wash hands frequently.  Having come so far, let’s not slide back.


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