Con Ed’s unexpected announcement of a moratorium on new natural gas service poses potentially serious challenges to economic development throughout Westchester. I remain confident, however, that through collaboration with regional partners in government, common-sense flexibility from the utility, and, potentially, State assistance for alternative energy options, we can implement practical solutions. Earlier today, I participated … Continue reading The Con Ed Gas Moratorium
This is a real, unaltered photo taken yesterday afternoon behind New Rochelle City Hall by my colleague Prince Guerra. Best. Rainbow. Ever.
Okay, so I already blogged about home weatherization quite recently, but this goofy/funny photo just begs to be posted. That friendly creature visiting my office is “Comfy,” the mascot of the Energize New Rochelle program, which provides financial assistance and guidance for anyone looking to improve their home’s energy efficiency. To learn more, call 914-302-7300 … Continue reading “Comfy” Says: Weatherize Your Home
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
With winter setting in, this is a good time to remind everyone about New Rochelle’s Energize program, which provides a pathway for homeowners to reduce energy bills and make homes more comfortable. If you haven’t taken advantage of this program to weatherize your home, you are really leaving money on the table. Please visit the … Continue reading Energize Your Home
New Rochelle is planning major improvements next year at Beechmont Lake, including dredging, removal of lake sediments, repairs to the forebay and outlet structure, an additional fountain, removal of dead or diseased trees, and enhanced landscaping, as well as other possible amenities. You can learn much more about the project in this presentation, and you … Continue reading Big Improvements Coming to Beechmont Lake
The latest dreadful report on climate change from the UN makes for deeply depressing reading, so this is an important moment to remind ourselves that positive, effective climate action is still possible, provided we have the will. Here’s a good local example . . . A couple of years ago, New Rochelle joined about 20 … Continue reading New Rochelle vs. Climate Change
With the help of a $35,000 grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New Rochelle has expanded its fleet of electric vehicles to include seven new Nissan Leafs (Leaves?). This is just one part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable practices and clean energy.
New Rochelle is encouraging homeowners to “Fall for a Tree” this autumn by offering free street trees. There’s more information here, including a quick video with options and instructions. And at this Sunday’s Street Fair on Main Street, you can pick up a free seedling at the City’s information booth, suitable for planting in your … Continue reading Fall for a Tree
This is a monumental piece of journalism from the Times Magazine. Detailing the early scientific and political struggles over climate change, it is a still-unfinished tale of collective failure, leading to now-nearly-certain-but-once-avoidable catastrophe. Read all the way through to the epilogue, which is especially (and appropriately) raw: “We also know that, without a gargantuan intervention, … Continue reading “Lives . . . mean nothing to us”