Westchester Power 100

City and State is out with its annual list of Westchester’s Power 100, which “identifies many of the county’s movers and shakers in politics, organized labor, business, health care and other sectors – and ranks them based on their influence in the region and beyond.”  Several New Rochelle residents are on the list, including me at number 14.  Check it out(Fun Fact: 6 of the top 15 were at our press conference yesterday on New Rochelle’s LINC project.)

Schumer in New Rochelle Touts LINC

L to R: Legislator Terry Clements, Assemblyman Steve Otis, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Council Member Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Mayor Noam Bramson, Congressman Jamaal Bowman, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

I was honored to welcome Senator Chuck Schumer to New Rochelle this afternoon for a press conference touting the LINC project.  Senator Schumer has championed the $12 million federal grant awarded to the City last week, and I have no doubt that his personal advocacy was instrumental in securing this funding.

Standing with other elected and community leaders, Schumer noted the glaring deficiencies of Memorial Highway as it exists today and spoke about the LINC’s capacity to foster economic opportunity, expand transportation options, and provide much-needed outdoor recreation for tens of thousands of residents.

I am deeply grateful for Senator Schumer’s leadership on this priority and excited about the LINC’s transformative potential for New Rochelle.

New Rochelle in Washington Post

Today’s Washington Post highlights New Rochelle’s federal grant for the LINC project as one example of the new transportation priorities in Washington, DC under President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg.  I am grateful that decision-makers in the Administration recognize the enormous value of initiatives like the LINC, which can have such a positive, transformative impact on communities.  Worth a read.

The BID is a BFD

For years now, “infrastructure week” has been a jokey shorthand for Washington’s inability to address big challenges.  That changed last night, when the House of Representatives approved the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, an ambitious $1 trillion package of essential investments in our nation’s future, including transportation, clean energy, climate resilience, and broadband.  Here’s detail.

President Biden, Speak Pelosi, and Senator Schumer deserve enormous credit for shepherding this once-in-a-generation plan through Congress, as do the Representatives and Senators who persevered through difficult negotiations to reach common ground.

The work isn’t done.  It’s essential now to follow up with a companion package that aims to expand economic opportunity, strengthen families, and further address the climate crisis.

But there’s no denying this is a big deal that will make a positive difference here in New Rochelle and in communities all across America, while demonstrating that principled, results-oriented national leadership really matters.

Car Free Day

I left the car at home and took a nice walk to City Hall this morning, doing my little part to support “Car Free Day.”  Of course, lots of people don’t have the luxury of living within walking distance of their place of employment, which is why investments in mass transit, bike infrastructure, and transportation options like scooters are so important to our community and world.

Up For Growth

Looking forward to participating in @Up4Growth on September 29, and very proud that New Rochelle is seen as a national model for progressive housing policy.  Join us by registering at https://sforce.co/3zueLAQ. #UFGChangemakers2021