State of the City – 2019

Delivering the 2019 State of the City Address

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 strongest it has been in my lifetime, but it can be stronger still. Please read the whole speech by downloading the text as a PDF or by copying this address into your browser:

Or for a more concise — albeit less coherent — version, check out this word cloud.

Video should be posted shortly, and I will share it when available.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the video.


NYS Comes through on Gas Moratorium

We’re still learning the details, but this announcement from New York State looks like very good news for Westchester: a $250 million assistance package to help implement sustainable alternatives to natural gas and otherwise address the challenge of Con Ed’s impending gas moratorium.

This issue is of particular importance to communities like New Rochelle that are undergoing major redevelopment, because newly-built projects must have economically-viable heating systems. We have worked closely with developers, Con Ed, and State representatives in order to identify and pursue options, and I was already hopeful that our momentum would overcome the obstacle of the moratorium. This new announcement gives me even greater confidence that New Rochelle’s economic resurgence will stay on track.


Quaker Ridge Road FAQs

If you are interested in the proposed improvements to Quaker Ridge Road, I encourage you to read this list of Frequently-Asked-Questions prepared by the City’s planning staff. While these FAQs do not comprehensively address every issue associated with the project, they aim to clear up several common misconceptions and better inform a healthy community discussion. More analysis to come before the project details are finalized.