New Rochelle in Crain’s

New Rochelle features prominently in this article from Crain’s New York Business, which considers the obstacles and opportunities surrounding housing growth.  Although the Governor’s proposed Housing Compact was not included in the recently approved State budget, the initiative did successfully stimulate a long overdue conversation, and I am hopeful that elements of the plan will find their way into future State policy.  The Crain’s article is behind a paywall, so if you can’t read it in its entirely, my contribution follows below.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson described the initiative as “very positive,” with growth targets that were “reasonable and achievable.” He was disappointed but not shocked that such a big potential change to the suburbs didn’t make it over the finish line on its first attempt.

New Rochelle is generally seen as one of the more pro-development areas of Westchester County. The city has already welcomed at least two new apartment buildings with more than 100 units this year alone . . . Bramson took issue with the general perception of adding housing to an area as a necessary hardship for communities to endure, instead framing it as a positive move with far-reaching advantages.

“I do not regard well-planned growth as a burden. I regard it as a benefit,” he said. “If it’s done properly, it breathes new life into downtown areas. It creates new job opportunities. It moderates the upward pressure on housing costs and makes our region far more accessible.”

Advocating for Action on Gun Violence

In the wake of yet another wave of mass shootings, I have joined more than 160 mayors across the country in calling on Congress to take action on gun safety.  There is little reason for optimism, given nearly uniform opposition from one side of the aisle in Washington, but it is still important for leaders nationwide to maintain our advocacy.  Here’s the letter.

Ben Ferencz, Rest in Peace

Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and a long-time resident of New Rochelle, has passed away at the age of 103.  Ben was a remarkable human being and a source of enormous inspiration to admirers throughout the world, including his neighbors close to home.  The New York Times ran a beautiful obituary over the weekend.  And I offered my own comments about Ben last year, when we named Bayberry Lane in his honor.  May Ben Ferencz rest in peace.

New Rochelle in The Real Deal

New Rochelle’s successful economic development efforts are, yet again, highlighted as a positive regional model, this time in The Real Deal, an influential real estate publication.  Read here.

New Ro Makes Climate Progress

Happy to share that I have joined @ClimateMayors — a network of municipal leaders with a common commitment to building sustainable, equitable, resilient cities.

Joining is timely.  New Rochelle just completed a comprehensive analysis of our greenhouse gas emissions, and the data, as illustrated in this power point, show impressive GHG reductions, especially in the indirect emissions from our residential sector.  With tools now in place for ongoing GHG tracking, we’ll be able to update these figures going forward, measuring the impact of local actions to address the climate crisis.

Hudson Valley Mayors Back Housing Initiative

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The mayors of several of the largest cities in the Hudson Valley came together to author this op-ed in support of @GovKathyHochul’s efforts to promote housing growth.  Full text of our letter follows below.