New Ro Thanksgiving Parade on November 23rd

New Rochelle’s annual Thanksgiving Parade is this Saturday, November 23rd, kicking off at 10:00am at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road, and then concluding at North and Bonnefoy Place.  Come celebrate the season with thousands of neighbors.

Before the parade, fuel up at the Pancake Breakfast in the House IV cafeteria at New Rochelle High School from 8:00am to 9:30am.

Thank you to the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence for their sponsorship of these two great traditions.

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MTA Highlights Penn Access

The MTA has launched a new website devoted to information and updates about Penn Access.  Visit the site at https://pennstationaccess.info.

When completed in a few years, the Penn Access project will link Metro-North’s New Haven line directly to Penn Station through four new stops in the Bronx. Because the rail line splits in New Rochelle, our community will have the closest station to Manhattan with direct service to both the east and west sides — a huge asset.

The MTA’s website focuses primarily on benefits for Bronx residents, which is understandable given that the bulk of new capital investments will occur in that borough, but the advantages for commuters in Westchester and Connecticut — and especially New Rochelle — will be enormous.

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Learn About Energy Savings (While Enjoying Free Tacos)

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Energize New Rochelle is hosting a free Energy Coach Talk on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00pm at the New Rochelle Public Library.  If saving money on energy bills and making your home more comfortable isn’t enough incentive to show up, here’s an added bonus: free tacos from the Little Mexican Cafe will be served alongside the helpful tips.  Here’s more information from Energize:

Each year, many homeowners dread facing another winter in a drafty and expensive-to-heat house or apartment. Energize New Rochelle provides home energy solutions to help people stop the drafts and save money on their energy bills.

The Energy Coach Talk will be an informational presentation featuring Building Performance Institute certified energy expert Norm Jen, who will demonstrate how homes leak energy and how to fix it. He will also explain how New Rochelle residents can take advantage of state incentives to pay for energy efficiency improvements.

Energized New Rochelle Homeowners will speak about their experiences with the program. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about their own homes.

By encouraging New Rochelle residents to get comprehensive home energy assessments – and to follow through with recommended Home Performance upgrades – Energize New Rochelle will help residents lower their oil and utility bills, achieve year-round comfort in their homes, reduce particulate air pollution and increase local construction employment.

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City Manager Proposes Draft Budget for 2020

City Manager Chuck Strome has submitted a draft budget for 2020.  The proposed budget includes significant investments in infrastructure as part of our 10-year capital plan, modest increases in public safety, and a healthy fund balance to ensure long-term fiscal stability, while keeping the property tax rate within the State tax cap.  Here is the full budget proposal.

In the weeks ahead, the City Council and I will review the budget in detail, accept public comments, and have an opportunity to adopt amendments, with an aim toward approving a final budget in mid-December.

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New Rochelle Observes Veterans Day

Observing Veterans Day in New Rochelle

Thank you to the Veterans Advisory Committee and American Legion Post 8 for organizing New Rochelle’s observance of Veterans Day this morning.  It is always an honor to stand with the men and women who have served our nation in uniform and to recognize their invaluable contributions to our community and country.

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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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