New Rochelle Poised to Adopt Stretch Energy Code

New Rochelle is poised to adopt New York’s Stretch Energy Code, an ambitious package of construction and building standards that promotes energy efficiency, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and supports public health.  This significant action strengthens New Rochelle’s status as a progressive environmental leader, and it also makes good economic sense by better positioning our community to attract green investment dollars, giving us improved access to State grants, and encouraging local builders and contractors to adjust early to inevitable statewide requirements.


Congratulations, Kemesha!

Senator Stewart-Cousins presents the Empire Award to Kemesha Salmon

Congratulation to Kemesha Salmon on receiving the prestigious New York State Senate Empire Award.  The owner of TP Toys on North Avenue, Kemesha is admired as both a dynamic businessperson and as a generous contributor to a range of civic and community causes.  We are a better city because of Kemesha’s leadership, service, and big heart, and I was delighted to join Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator Shelley Mayer, and Council Member Yadira Ramos-Herbert for the award presentation.


New Ro Launches Recycling App

New Rochelle is making it easier than ever to recycle by launching a downloadable app and interactive website with collection information and schedules.

The mobile app, Recycle Right Westchester, can be downloaded for both Apple and Android devices. The app features garbage, recycling, and special pickup collection schedules that are specific to your house address, with the option of setting pickup reminders. Got a question about how to dispose of something?  The searchable “Recyclopedia” database tells you what can be reused, recycled, or composted.  In addition to the app, the Recycle Right program is available online at Users can type in their home address in the “My Schedule” tool.

More in this press release.


Fun in the Sun – Summer Recreational Opportunities for Kids

Here’s a great summer opportunity for kids pre-K through graduating fifth grade.  New Rochelle Parks & Rec is sponsoring “Fun in the Sun” programs Monday through Thursday for six weeks, on a rotating basis at nine parks throughout the city.  All activities will observe safe social distancing for 1-3 hour time blocks and be limited to 25-35 children per group.  Program classes include fitness, Yoga, Zumba, STEM, Kayaking, Arts & Crafts and more, and special events like Truck Day, GRIT Ninja Warrior and Field Days.  Learn more or register here.  And this brochure has additional details.


Kicking It With Brother Smalls

Had a good time speaking with Omar Small, a former colleague in the New Rochelle City Manager’s office, who now hosts his own interview program.  We spoke about many of the challenges and opportunities confronting our community.  Watch here.