There are lots of fun ways to celebrate the season in New Rochelle.
Tomorrow, December 2, the Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual interfaith Holiday Lighting at 5:30pm on Memorial Plaza.
The next day — December 3 — we launch a new tradition with the opening of the Holiday Market at the New Rochelle Transit Center. Visit www.NewRochelleDRi.com/HolidayMarket for a full list of vendors and scheduled entertainment. The market will run through December 12.
In addition, youngsters can visit with Santa throughout the month — in front of City Hall on December 8, at Lincoln Park on December 9, and at various parks on December 18. For more information visit www.NewRochelleNY.com/Events.
And if you’re looking for opportunities to give back or would like to be added to our donation and drive page, visit www.NewRochelleNY.com/Give.
Finally, the City is offering two hours of free holiday parking in certain municipal lots throughout December, as well as two hours of free parking on the rooftop deck of the New Rochelle Transit Center garage for shoppers at the Holiday Market, effective during market hours only.
Have a great December!
The last day to apply for federal disaster assistance due to Hurricane Ida is December 6. To help with last minute applications or answer questions, FEMA and SBA representatives will be at the New Rochelle City Hall Annex on Beaufort Place today from 10:00am to 6:00pm. If you were impacted by Hurricane Ida, don’t miss your opportunity to obtain relief.
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.)
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.
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.