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?)
Every day, thousand of lives are affected by the physical appearance, commercial vitality and traffic conditions along North Avenue. When I joined the City Council back in 1996, improving North Avenue was one of my top priorities, and I am proud of what we have accomplished since, including a new street-scape, better traffic patterns, and … Continue reading North Avenue Attracting Investment
I brought the kids to the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem today, while Catie met a friend in New Jersey. Afterwards, the boys and I took a short drive up 684 for lunch at Farmer & the Fish. Really charming. Located in a house that dates back to the late 18th century. Lots of … Continue reading Farmer & the Fish
This afternoon, I was happy to join U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as she announced the introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a new national insurance program for paid leave during family medical emergencies or after the birth of a child. The United States is one of the few … Continue reading Joining Senator Gillibrand for Family Leave Announcement