New Rochelle Wins Green City Challenge

Mayor Noam Bramson, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and the winning New Ro team.

Last year, New Rochelle, White Plains, and Yonkers entered a friendly competition.  The goal: encourage municipal employees to travel to work using greener transportation options like carpooling, mass transit, walking, or biking.

Yesterday afternoon, New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul came to town to announce the winner.  And it is — drum roll, please — New Rochelle!    31% of City employees now use green options to get to work, up from 16% before the competition, edging out our sister cities.

The Lt. Governor was joined by leaders of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Metropool, which jointly sponsored the competition.

Congratulations to New Rochelle’s workforce.  Thank you for setting a great example for other large employers in the region.  And to my friends Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and White Plains Mayor Tom Roach: don’t take it too hard; there is no shame is losing to a thoroughly superior community.

More in this press release.