Last night, the City Council approved a significant change in New Rochelle’s leaf collection policy. Beginning this fall, loose piles of leaves at curbside will no longer be picked up. Instead, homeowners (and professional landscapers) will have several options. The contestants are . . . 1) Bagging: Placing leaves in biodegradable yard waste bags that … Continue reading To Mulch or Not to Mulch – Part II
I just finished delivering my annual State of the City address to a packed house. Here is copy of my prepared remarks. Or you can view this webcast. Every year, I try to make the most of this occasion by celebrating accomplishments, confronting challenges, and establishing goals. It’s a good way to set a course … Continue reading State of the City 2014
With studies on transit-oriented growth and traffic patterns completed, the City is now poised to take the next step by seeking a “master” developer for multiple sites around Main Street and the New Rochelle train station. Compared to the traditional project review and approval process, master development agreements typically encompass a wider range of locations, … Continue reading The Next Step
Fresh on the heels of the transit-oriented development plan presented to the City Council last month, this week we received a comprehensive traffic analysis (download warning – it’s a big file) chock full of interesting recommendations. Together, these two reports help refine our vision for downtown New Rochelle, a vision based on smart growth, better … Continue reading Downtown Vision Takes Shape
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
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?)
Catie, the kids and I had some wonderful time together as a family during the holidays, and we hope that you and yours also enjoyed the season. After November’s election, I took a little break from sending mass emails and posting to social media. Now with a new year upon us, I’d like to start … Continue reading Looking Forward to a New Year
Catie and I want to express our thanks for your support and encouragement during the course of the campaign. It was a privilege to work with so many people whom we admire, and we could not be more grateful.
If our 2013 photo is a little more formal than usual, that’s because it was taken at a fundraiser, which ended up being just about our only time together as a family! We’re hoping to see each other a bit more often in 2014, and hope that for you and yours the coming year will be filled with health and happiness.
With sincere appreciation and every good wish for the season,