Category Archives: Budget & Finance

On Capitol Hill

Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon and I spent yesterday in Washington, DC seeking federal support for New Rochelle planning initiatives by meeting with Department of Transportation officials and with our federal representatives. Good, productive conversations, and we are grateful to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representative Engel — as well as their staffs — for their … Continue reading On Capitol Hill

School & Library Election Today – Please Vote

Please be sure to vote in today’s important School and Library election. The polls are open from 7:00am to 9:00pm. In addition to the School and Library budgets, voters will choose two candidates for the School and Library Boards. If you don’t know your polling place, you can find it here. The quality and reputation … Continue reading School & Library Election Today – Please Vote

City’s Spring Newsletter

In case you missed the hard copy in your mailbox, here’s New Rochelle’s Spring newsletter, filled with updates on local initiatives, helpful tips, and information about municipal services. Thank you to the City’s Marketing & Communications team for putting the newsletter together.

State of the City – 2019

I just finished delivering my 2019 State of the City Address to an overflow audience at City Hall. My remarks highlighted our community’s significant and exciting progress on a range of economic, environmental, and social priorities, while also acknowledging persistent challenges that require our continued attention and focus.  The State of our City is the … Continue reading State of the City – 2019

New Ro Finances in Good Shape

Moody’s has confirmed New Rochelle’s strong Aa2 bond rating, a welcome validation of our fiscal health and management. Here’s the full press release from City Hall: Moody’s Investors Services has confirmed the existing rating of Aa2 to the City’s upcoming $8.6 million bond issue.  This designation maintains the credit worthiness of the City’s debt and … Continue reading New Ro Finances in Good Shape

Watch My LWV Interview

Please watch my half-hour interview with Tamar Tait of the League of Women Voters. We talked about New Rochelle’s history, our downtown plans, infrastructure investments, the public school system, the new State Senate majority, and much more. A good conversation about our community’s past, present, and future. If you find the conversation informative, please also … Continue reading Watch My LWV Interview

Neighborhood Conversation Recap

Back in October, I hosted four “Neighborhood Conversations” around New Rochelle.  If you weren’t able to attend, here’s a link to my presentation.  (This footage is from the final meeting at New Rochelle High School.) At each of these conversations, I used an interactive application called “slido” to survey the audience and invite questions.  Some … Continue reading Neighborhood Conversation Recap

Council Adopts 2019 Budget

New Rochelle’s 2019 budget has been adopted by the City Council on a unanimous, bipartisan basis.  The budget continues a multi-year trend of expanded investment in infrastructure, along with a modest boost to public safety services, while also maintaining a robust fund balance to ensure ongoing fiscal stability.  The 2019 municipal property tax rate comes … Continue reading Council Adopts 2019 Budget

Fairness for Taxpayers

With Assemblywoman Amy Paulin taking the lead, a bipartisan group of state, county, municipal, and school officials have joined together to defend the tax deductibility of charitable contributions.  This is a matter of urgent importance to taxpayers in our region, in light of recent changes in federal tax law that sharply limit state and local … Continue reading Fairness for Taxpayers