I am proud that New Rochelle’s own Kathy Gilwit, the City’s Director of Marketing & Communications, is highlighted in this report from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Kathy was part of the team that brought home a $1 million grant through the Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge.
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
With the open enrollment period for health insurance set to begin on November 1st, Westchester County is stepping up to help everyone get insured. Here’s more information from the County: Free assistance is available to help individuals and small businesses enroll or renew their health coverage with NY State of Health, the official health plan … Continue reading Get Insured – Open Enrollment Begins November 1
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our second “Neighborhood Conversation” last night at the JCC of Mid-Westchester. It was another engaging and lively discussion, with excellent comments. In addition to offering a traditional presentation on City issues, I’ve been experimenting at these meetings with an online interactive program called Slido that allows the … Continue reading Another Informative (and Interactive) Conversation
Thank you to everyone who joined the “Neighborhood Conversation” at Salesian High School this past Tuesday evening. I enjoyed sharing information about the City’s activities and — even more importantly — receiving lots of thoughtful questions and comments. Three additional meetings are coming up on October 10th (JCC on Wilmot Road), October 23rd (Columbus School), … Continue reading Great Conversation at Salesian
Take a look at this great blogpost from Bloomberg Philanthropies, which focuses on New Rochelle’s efforts to utilize virtual and augmented reality to enhance community involvement in planning and development. It’s always gratifying when our local initiatives receive national recognition, and it’s especially exciting to see New Rochelle highlighted as an innovator.
A single small city rarely has the political weight to influence national policy, but when small cities and towns join together around a common agenda, we have a fighting chance to make a difference. That’s why I was pleased to join the First & Main coalition, which includes more than 100 mayors across the country. … Continue reading Advocating for Small Cities
When the City shares news about programs and initiatives like bike share, kayaking instruction, farmers markets, and wi-fi kiosks, I find that community reaction generally falls into two very different categories: (1) “Nice idea, thanks for doing this,” or (2) “Stop focusing on nonsense and fix the roads.” I am grateful for the first reaction, … Continue reading Priorities
After the early March 2018 storms left some 300,000 Westchester residents without power — many for more than a week — public officials throughout the region came together to review the performance of utility companies and make recommendations for improvements. Yesterday, we released our preliminary report. The report identifies several specific steps to improve utility … Continue reading Westchester Officials Unite on Utility Recommendations