Thank You Parks Volunteers!

A big thank you to the more than 300(!) volunteers who turned out over the weekend to give #NewRoParks a thorough spring cleaning.  An amazing show of community spirit and pride.  And thank you also the the Department of Parks & Rec and Volunteer New York for overseeing activities at 11 sites all around town.

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Fundraiser for Tim Idoni

I am proud serve on the host committee for a virtual fundraiser this Thursday in support of Tim Idoni’s reelection.  Tim is an outstanding County Clerk and was a fantastic Mayor of New Rochelle.  Please join me in supporting Tim by contributing to his campaign.

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Support the Class of ’21

This has been a tough year to graduate from high school, and the Class of ’21 deserves a great send-off, so big thanks to the New Rochelle High School PTSA for organizing a great community fundraiser.  Donate multiples of $21 in support of the class, and receive a chance to win gift certificates at local businesses.  Another example of #NewRoStrong.

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Earth Day Forum Tonight

Please join neighbors and environmental leaders for an Earth Day virtual forum this evening (April 22nd) from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.  Topics will include local sustainability initiatives, energy saving options, and green landscaping.  This event is organized by the City of New Rochelle’s Energy Conservation Advisory Committee and Ecology & Natural Resources Advisory Committee, along with Sustainable Westchester.  More information here.  And you can sign up for the forum at this link.

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Applications Invited for Community-Police Partnership Board

Residents of New Rochelle are invited to submit applications to join the City’s new Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB.)  There’s much more information in the press release copied below.  I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in this important subject to consider applying, but please also temper expectations for appointment — there are only seven positions to fill, so it will be necessary to turn away many qualified applicants.

In March, the New Rochelle City Council adopted a Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan, intended to enhance the quality, transparency and fairness of law enforcement practices in New Rochelle, while also providing our Police Department with the support and tools necessary to discharge its vital mission. The Plan contains multiple components and recommendations, including the creation of a thirteen-member Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB).

The Board’s responsibilities will include reviewing and recommending improvements to police training, protocols and policies; examining serious incidents, and recommending a framework for the creation of a Civilian Complaint Review Board. The CPPB will be comprised of four members from the New Rochelle Police Department, one senior City staff member, one City Council Member, and seven members from the community.

The City is now receiving applications for community representatives for the CPPB through the City website www.newrochelleny.com/policing. Applications can also be submitted by mail to the City Clerk, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. The deadline for application is May 15, 2021.

Applicants should be New Rochelle residents and indicate their experiences, skills, leadership roles, and perspectives relevant to the CPPB’s duties. A majority of community members selected will be drawn from neighborhoods or demographic groups with higher than average frequency of Police interaction. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Policing Reform and Collaborative Plan in order to have a full understanding of the CPPB’s mission, responsibilities, and probable work schedule, and also to understand the broader context of New Rochelle’s Policing reform efforts.

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