Every year, the City of New Rochelle spends about $250,000 to collect piles of leaves and then another $160,000 to dispose of those leaves. Despite our best efforts, we do only a fair to middling job of it – depending on conditions each season, leaves might remain on the road well into the winter, obstructing … Continue reading To Mulch or Not to Mulch
This morning, I received a tour of the new White Plains Hospital Imaging Center within the Wykagyl Shopping Center. The Imaging Center is part of a larger suite of medical offices that White Plains Hospital opened here in New Rochelle last year. It is good to have convenient, high-quality health care options in town, and … Continue reading Medical Office Expansion Presents Opportunities
New Rochelle’s rich artistic and creative traditions help shape our history and remain a vital part of our community’s character today. The arts also play an important role in stimulating economic growth and helping Main Streets thrive. That’s why New Rochelle’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) has made promotion of the arts a focus of … Continue reading Art Walk in Downtown New Rochelle This Weekend
I’ll deliver my 2014 State of the City Address on the evening of Thursday, March 20th. Details to follow. If you’re interested in attending, please mark your calendar.
Read this article from last Friday’s New York Times. Then, if you are a parent, imagine this scenario: During a visit to the pediatrician, you learn that your child has contracted a serious degenerative illness. For now, the symptoms are relatively mild – most of the time, your child seems perfectly fine – but the … Continue reading Private Virtues Missing in Public Square
City Manager Chuck Strome has selected Mark Blanchard to serve as the new Corporation Counsel for the City of New Rochelle, replacing Kathleen Gill, who accepted a position at Iona College late last year. From the press release: “Mr. Blanchard has an extensive background in municipal law, including the operations of state and local industrial … Continue reading New Corporation Counsel Hired: Mark Blanchard
This morning, I joined many neighbors at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major breakfast, sponsored by the New Rochelle Community Action Program. And last Friday, I attended the annual King observance, arranged by the Coalition for Mutual Respect. Both were great, well-attended events, and I thank the organizers for their hard work. At … Continue reading Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Check out this ad for Foot Locker, and then look closely at the opening and closing scenes to see if you can figure out why I decided to post it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3q-413t1e8 Thanks to Damon Maher for the tip.
Like businesses, governments purchase lots of things: supplies, equipment, services – everything from copy paper, to cleaning products, to police cars. Unlike businesses, however, local governments must follow State rules that require us to accept the lowest responsible bid for any particular item or contract. That rule is aimed at preventing abuses, and most of … Continue reading Getting Better Value
Yesterday, the City Council received the results of a TOD Study prepared by our development staff and consultants. I know what you’re thinking – what the heck is a TOD Study? Well, TOD stands for Transit-Oriented Development, a term much-used these days by planners and developers. But whether you call it TOD, Smart Growth, or … Continue reading TOD! (What’s That?)