Moody’s has confirmed New Rochelle’s strong Aa2 bond rating, a welcome validation of our fiscal health and management. Here’s the full press release from City Hall: Moody’s Investors Services has confirmed the existing rating of Aa2 to the City’s upcoming $8.6 million bond issue. This designation maintains the credit worthiness of the City’s debt and … Continue reading New Ro Finances in Good Shape
Please watch my half-hour interview with Tamar Tait of the League of Women Voters. We talked about New Rochelle’s history, our downtown plans, infrastructure investments, the public school system, the new State Senate majority, and much more. A good conversation about our community’s past, present, and future. If you find the conversation informative, please also … Continue reading Watch My LWV Interview
Amazon’s decision to pull out of New York represents a missed opportunity for the metropolitan area, and is a victory of emotion over reason. The Long Island City plan would have strengthened and diversified the New York economy, created tens of thousands of jobs, and generated billions in new public revenue, while also bolstering the … Continue reading Amazon Decision is Missed Opportunity
With help from a New York State grant, New Rochelle is planning to make the biggest investment in Quaker Ridge Road since the street’s initial construction decades ago. In addition to basic (and much-needed) resurfacing, the goals of the project are to: Enhance safety and efficiency at intersections; Maintain smooth traffic flow; Curb excessive speeding; … Continue reading Quaker Ridge Road Meeting on 2-27
Quite a round-up of New Rochelle restaurants in this piece from Westchester magazine. The article is framed around dining options for college kids, but, of course, you don’t need a student ID to eat out at any of these local establishments. It’s nice to see so many New Rochelle businesses highlighted in a regional publication.
Con Ed’s unexpected announcement of a moratorium on new natural gas service poses potentially serious challenges to economic development throughout Westchester. I remain confident, however, that through collaboration with regional partners in government, common-sense flexibility from the utility, and, potentially, State assistance for alternative energy options, we can implement practical solutions. Earlier today, I participated … Continue reading The Con Ed Gas Moratorium
I am proud that New Rochelle’s own Kathy Gilwit, the City’s Director of Marketing & Communications, is highlighted in this report from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Kathy was part of the team that brought home a $1 million grant through the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge.
Ever single day, firefighters demonstrate remarkable heroism, putting themselves in danger to protect life and property. If a career as one of New Rochelle’s Bravest appeals to you, please consider applying to join the NRFD. Applications are being accepted until Friday, March 29th. Read all about it here.
New Rochelle is considering a downtown zoning amendment that would allow “tasting rooms” that serve beer and cider. Tasting rooms would have to be associated with a New York State brewery or cidery that uses locally-grown ingredients, although production could be off-site (that last piece would be the main substantive change in our local regulations.) … Continue reading I’ll Drink to That
This is a real, unaltered photo taken yesterday afternoon behind New Rochelle City Hall by my colleague Prince Guerra. Best. Rainbow. Ever.