Category Archives: Feature

State of the City – Unprecedented Opportunity for Downtown Progress

I just finished delivering my annual State of the City address to a packed house at the Davenport Club. My remarks follow below. You can also download the speech as a pdf. I focused this year on New Rochelle’s unprecedented opportunity to develop and invigorate our downtown – a challenge linked to every other civic priority. I hope … Continue reading State of the City – Unprecedented Opportunity for Downtown Progress

Latest New Ro Crime Stats Are Best In 54 Years

New Rochelle’s public safety record in 2014 was the best in 54 years.  You read that right.  According to final statistics just compiled, there were 1,429 Part I crimes committed during the past year.  The last time New Rochelle recorded fewer crimes was 1961. New Rochelle’s public safety record also compares favorably with other communities … Continue reading Latest New Ro Crime Stats Are Best In 54 Years

New Rochelle Economy Heating Up

New Rochelle’s economy is really starting to take off, with two new private developments coming before the City Council this month, and several others at various points in the proposal/review/approval pipeline. The projects presented at our last Council meeting are located slightly north of the train station, in an area that has suffered from underinvestment, … Continue reading New Rochelle Economy Heating Up

Ready to Roll: Master Development Agreement Approved

The most ambitious development in New Rochelle’s history is officially ready to roll.  Last night, the City Council unanimously approved a Master Development Agreement (“MDA”) covering multiple sites throughout our downtown and transit area.  The terms of the MDA had been under negotiation since October, when the City designated RDRXR as our partner. Now that … Continue reading Ready to Roll: Master Development Agreement Approved

Talking Past Each Other – Ferguson, Garner & Race

The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown have stirred a heated national dialogue about racial disparities in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and our society as a whole.  I don’t claim any special wisdom or originality on these difficult subjects, but as the mayor of a city that prides itself on diversity — … Continue reading Talking Past Each Other – Ferguson, Garner & Race

The Most Ambitious Proposal in New Rochelle’s History

The City has received the most ambitious development proposal in New Rochelle’s history — a sweeping, dramatic vision that would fundamentally transform our downtown and reshape the image of our city as a whole. Click here to learn all about it. The proposal, put forward by RXR Realty and Renaissance Downtowns (together: “RDRXR”) responds to … Continue reading The Most Ambitious Proposal in New Rochelle’s History