Sunset Over New Rochelle

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A great photo of the New Rochelle skyline at sunset, viewed from Long Island Sound, courtesy of Steve Meisner, one of the organizers of our kayak program with LL Bean. We live in a beautiful city!

I Agree With President Trump! (At Least This Once)

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Here are five words I never expected to write: “I agree with President Trump.” The President honored Mariano Rivera today at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — an entirely fitting tribute to a remarkable man with a deep connection to our community. Skip to 14:00 in the video for a mention of New Rochelle. Apparently, Mariano can bridge any divide!

Westchester Cities Receive Youth Services Grant

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L to R: Mayor Noam Bramson, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, Mayor Andre Wallace, Senator Shelley Mayer, County Executive George Latimer, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins

Thank you to State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Shelley Mayer, County Executive George Latimer, and Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden, the Executive Director of the County Youth Bureau, for delivering a $225,000 grant to Westchester’s cities to bolster youth services. We all have a stake in helping young people make good choices and achieve physical, social, and emotional health.

This press release has all the details.

A Very New Rochelle Weekend

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Mayor Noam Bramson cuts the ribbon for the 2019 New Rochelle Street Fair

This was the kind of weekend that made me grateful to live in New Rochelle, with terrific events that brought me to every corner of town and that showcase our city’s diversity:

• A backpack giveaway at the Mascaro Boys and Girls Club in the West End. Hundreds of kids and their families, dozens of volunteers, and even a visit from the New Rochelle High School varsity soccer team, whose members were treated like celebrities by the younger children. Feeney Park was filled with life.

• The New Rochelle downtown Farmers Market on Library Green, the entire park lined with festive stalls doing a brisk business in tasty treats. Pickles and soppressata for me.

• The annual Onam celebration at Albert Leonard Middle School, sponsored by the Westchester Malayalee Association. Onam is a harvest festival with roots in the Indian State of Kerala, from which many New Rochelle residents trace their ancestry. It’s an honor to participate each year in the ceremonial procession and observance.

• The New Rochelle Street Fair by City Hall, a rousing success that brought out thousands from just about every neighborhood of the city to enjoy fun, games, drink, and an international assortment of foods. I heard lots of positive feedback on the new location.

I am glad to live in a community that gives each of us a chance to experience the richness of the world’s traditions close to home. New Rochelle is a great city.

Serve and Remember for 9/11

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New Rochelle is once again teaming up with Volunteer New York to sponsor local service activities in commemoration of 9/11. Please visit www.volunteernewyork.org/newrochelle or call 914-948-4452 to learn about great volunteer projects on September 7th, 8th, and 11th. With a wide range of service opportunities, we can all do our part to build a stronger community.

DRI Projects Approved

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Conceptual rendering of “The Linc” – before and after

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul was in town this afternoon to deliver some great news: $10 million in State funding for six New Rochelle projects.

You might be thinking that this announcement was already made, and, in a sense, you’d be right. New Rochelle was declared the winner of the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) last September. But this is the first time that the State has approved dollars for specific projects.

The lion’s share of the award, $6 million, goes to “The Linc,” which will transform much of Memorial Highway into a linear park, creating an exciting new open space asset, and enhancing both safety and mobility between Lincoln Avenue and Library Green.

City, County, and State officials with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Noam Bramson

Other funded projects include safety enhancements on Lincoln Avenue itself, the Black Box Theater and Art Education Center on Main Street, a new park to serve Heritage Homes, zoning to spur entrepreneurial investment and housing opportunities in the Lincoln Avenue area, and construction of a public comfort station within Lincoln Park.

Our application was based on extensive community input and shaped by a Local Planning Committee, consisting of neighborhood, city, and regional leaders.

As a whole, these projects — especially The Linc — will forge stronger physical, economic, and social connections between our burgeoning downtown and the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood, while helping all people in New Rochelle benefit from inclusive, equitable growth and prosperity.

Winning the highly-competitive DRI was one of New Rochelle’s most notable accomplishments of the past decade. I am grateful to the many municipal, community, and county representatives who contributed to our successful application, as well as our State legislative delegation, which has been exceptionally effective in advocating for New Rochelle. With the State’s invaluable financial support, we are poised to accomplish (more) great things.

This press release has all the details.