NEWS & UPDATES
Visionary State of the State
Very strong State of the State from @GovKathyHochul, with ambitious proposals related to housing, economic development, climate action, and more. New Rochelle offers a compelling example of – and could benefit from – the Gov’s vision for sustainable growth. #StateOfTheStateNY
North Avenue Bridge Construction Begins This Month
Later this month, the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) is set to begin a long-awaited replacement of the North Avenue bridge over I-95. The project is necessary to address structural, operational, and safety needs, and will ultimately result in a much more efficient and attractive intersection.
Although the City has no direct authority over a State project, we have worked closely with NYSTA to ensure that one lane of traffic will be open in each direction throughout construction, coordinate with nearby institutions, and plan carefully for any necessary detours. We hope and expect that the impacts will be tolerable, but it is reasonable to anticipate some periodic headaches before the project wraps up in fall 2025.
Here’s more detail.
NRPD Promotes Gun Safety
Too often, an unsecured gun in the home leads to tragedy. That’s why the New Rochelle Police Department is teaming with law enforcement partners to promote the safe storage of firearms, offer free gun locks, and invite residents to dispose entirely of unwanted firearms and ammunition. To set an appointment, contact Police Specialist Robert Ferguson at email@example.com or call (914) 235-4785.
Conan, Schuck, and New Ro
New Rochelle’s own Rabbi David Schuck is the guest on Conan O’Brien’s podcast. Really great — and funny — conversation. Take a listen.
New Rochelle’s Fantasy Metro
After a serious post involving maps yesterday, I can’t resist sharing something today that’s a little more light-hearted. Purely for transportation geeks — which I guess I am one — this site lets you design transit maps for real or imaginary cities. My son Jeremy took a crack at New Rochelle. Not bad! Vaguely reminiscent of the old New York, Westchester & Boston Railway.
Density + Transit = Climate Action
There are lots of obvious benefits that flow from downtown development — new housing and job opportunities, a stronger tax base, a more attractive and culturally vibrant city center, and better access to goods and services, to name just a few. A key benefit that’s often overlooked, however, is that the right kind of development helps to confront the climate crisis. It may seem counterintuitive to think of dense, high-rise construction as a form of environmental progress, but it is. Transit-served downtowns like New Rochelle’s are less car-dependent and consume less energy per capita than other patterns of development. And by densifying urban cores, we help to preserve natural open space elsewhere. These facts are well illustrated in this really neat map from the New York Times which shows how land use patterns contribute to — and can help address — the climate emergency. There are, of course, many other factors that affect climate change, but this may be the area in which local government can have the greatest impact. So, in addition to being great for New Rochelle’s parochial interests, downtown development is among the best things we can do for the planet.
Council Approves 2023 Budget
The City Council has unanimously adopted a budget for 2023. The budget reflects New Rochelle’s strong financial position — it maintains our healthy fund balance, adheres to the State tax cap, provides for additional public safety personnel, and continues a significant multi-year investment in roads, parks, and other capital priorities. As an amendment to the City Manager’s original proposal from last month, the final budget also includes enhanced resources to promote environmental sustainability and maintain green infrastructure.
Santa Visits New Ro on December 17
Santa is taking a break from his intensive preparations at the North Pole to visit various parks in New Rochelle this Saturday, December 17. A fun opportunity for kids. Holiday treats will be distributed by Santa’s helpers. Full schedule here.
Penn Access Breaks Ground
Penn Station Access is the most significant enhancement to our region’s transportation infrastructure in a generation, with wide-ranging benefits to our economy, environment, and quality of life. For New Rochelle, the project holds special importance, giving us the Metro-North station closest to Manhattan with direct service to Grand Central and Penn — a major boost to our downtown’s unprecedented economic growth. After years of planning, the project has finally broken ground. Read all about it in this press release from the Governor.