Feed the Hungry, While Supporting Local Restaurants

New Rochelle has launched an innovative new program called NourishALL (sounds like New Rochelle when you say it out loud) with the twin goals of sustaining our most vulnerable residents and supporting local restaurants.  1,000 people, who have been identified by ten community agencies, such as HOPE and the Municipal Housing Authority, are each receiving $50 gift cards for takeout or delivery at one of twenty participating restaurants, with a new round of gift cards to be issued on a weekly basis.  It’s a great concept that supplements the essential food security efforts already underway in New Rochelle, while also providing much-needed income to local eateries.

So far, the program is funded entirely by generous contributions from developers, who have committed about $400,000.  The more money we raise, the more people we can serve, and the longer we can keep the program going, so please consider making your own tax-deductible contribution through this link.

You can learn more about NourishALL in this press release or in this LoHud article.

As one of the first communities in America to face the COVID-19 pandemic, New Rochelle is determined to set a positive example of strength and resilience.  This innovative program, a true model of public-private partnership, will help position our entire city to emerge united from the crisis.

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State of the City on March 5th

Please join me for the annual State of the City Address on Thursday, March 5th at New Rochelle City Hall.  The speech begins at 7:30pm, and is preceded by a reception starting at 6:00pm.  Everything is free and open to the public.  Seating is first-come, first-served.  Hope to see you there.

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A Big Win for All of Us

Thank you to the people of New Rochelle for electing me to another term as mayor.  Looks like the final tally will run to about 63% of the vote — a big victory amid high turnout, and a deeply gratifying validation of our shared accomplishments, vision, and values.  I will continue doing everything in my power to justify the confidence of our community.

At the same time, I am mindful that a sizable minority of New Rochelle residents voted to move in a different direction.  I hear their voices, too, and will strive to bring our city together around a positive future from which all of us can benefit.

Congratulations to the other election winners.  I am especially pleased to welcome newcomers Martha Lopez and Sara Kaye to the City Council, both of whom won by overwhelming margins.  They join Yadira Ramos-Herbert, another outstanding newcomer who was, in effect, elected in the primary back in June, plus returning Council Members Ivar Hyden, Liz Fried, and Al Tarantino, forming an expanded 6-1 Democratic majority.  (Also, for the first time in twenty-five years and only the second time in history, a majority of City Council members will be women.)  In County Legislative contests, Damon Maher, Terry Clements, and Catherine Parker were all deservedly returned to office.  Here are the final, unofficial results.

Let me also acknowledge Brendan Conroy and Sarah Langlois for their strong campaigns and thank my colleague Lou Trangucci for his years of service on the City Council.  Until you have run for office, it is difficult to understand just how difficult and personally grueling a process it is; all the candidates should be applauded for their willingness to put themselves forward.

Finally, Catie and I offer our heartfelt gratitude to the countless friends and neighbors who stood with us in recent months, contributing time, energy, money, labor, wisdom, and faith.  It is profoundly humbling to be at the center of a team effort to which so many people have given so much, far beyond any reasonable claim or expectation.

My happiness this morning is blended with exhaustion, and I am looking forward to some down time with my family.  But not too much!  Still lots of works to do this year, and then a new term starting January filled with exciting possibilities and bright prospects.  This is the most promising moment in New Rochelle’s modern history — let’s make the most of it.

Onward.

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Watch the Debate

Here’s a link to last night’s candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters (the Mayoral segment begins at 44:36):

http://newrochelle.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=de5518ea-f46c-11e9-9542-0050569183fa

My family thought I did really well, but they’re biased, so you be the judge.

And if you agree that our debate was a useful discussion of experience, vision, and values heading into the mayoral election on November 5th, then please share this post with your friends and neighbors.

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If You Love New Rochelle, Don’t Miss This Video

A successful promotional campaign is much more than fluff; it helps support New Rochelle’s downtown development plans, and pays dividends to all of us in the form of a better local economy, positive civic image, and stronger housing market. With that in mind, please view New Rochelle’s latest video, highlighting our community as an ideal place to live, work, and grow. And the next time you’re on the train, be sure also to check out our new promotional posters, which are popping up on Metro-North.

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Free Downtown Shuttle Launches

Earlier today, New Rochelle was proud to launch the CircuitNR, offering free rides around our burgeoning downtown, using a fleet of three electric — and really neat-looking — shuttles.

Residents and visitors alike can request an on-demand ride anywhere in the shuttle coverage area. You can use the “Ride Circuit” App (from the App Store or Google Play) to alert a fleet driver to come pick you up. Or you can simply wave down the nearest CircuitNR driver if the vehicle has vacant seats. There’s more in this press release.

The CircuitNR augments our already robust transit and mobility options, and is a tremendous value add for our downtown. Good for business, good for the environment, fun, innovative, and supportive of New Rochelle’s ongoing growth and development.

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