Disaster Relief Deadline Approaching

The last day to apply for federal disaster assistance due to Hurricane Ida is December 6. To help with last minute applications or answer questions, FEMA and SBA representatives will be at the New Rochelle City Hall Annex on Beaufort Place today from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  If you were impacted by Hurricane Ida, don’t miss your opportunity to obtain relief.

Build Back Better – New Ro

Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), New Rochelle has been awarded nearly $37 million over two years to address the impacts of the COVID pandemic and “build back better.”  Last night, the City Administration presented a proposed plan of action for utilizing our ARPA allocation.  In addition to complying with the ARPA’s guidelines and restrictions, this plan is also designed to “(1) avoid duplication with Federal, State, and County programming; (2) achieve a whole-of-community, not just governmental, recovery; (3) prioritize one-time expenditures with sustained, long-term impact; and (4) reach for transformative opportunities that might be unattainable without the ARPA’s unique infusion of resources.”  Read the whole plan here, as well as backup documentation related to green infrastructure, social infrastructure, and economic infrastructure.  The City Council will consider this proposal in the context of our 2022 budget.

Mayors Push for Infrastructure Investments

President Biden with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

I am proud to stand with my fellow mayors from Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and White Plains in advocating strongly for the President’s proposed investments in physical and human infrastructure, which are vital to communities like ours all across the nation.  @MayorMikeSpano, @MayorSPH, @wpmayorroach, and I co-authored this op-ed in today’s Journal News.

Vaccination or Testing Will Be Required for Municipal Employees

New Rochelle will require municipal employees to be vaccinated or to undergo weekly COVID tests, starting September 8th.  Consistent with parallel actions among other public and private institutions, this measure will help ensure a safe work environment, while also nudging our city closer to herd immunity.  I encourage employers throughout New Rochelle to adopt similar measures.

Hundreds of millions of vaccinated Americans now enjoy health and peace of mind.  By contrast, unvaccinated Americans account for the overwhelming majority of those still — tragically — succumbing to COVID.  Widespread vaccination is the only means of bringing this public health emergency to a conclusive end.

Last Chance to Complete Your Census

Data collection for the Census ends tomorrow at midnight, so this is your last chance to be counted.  Visit 2020census.gov to fill out your form. Or you can respond by phone by calling 844-330-2020 for English speaks, or 844-468-2020 for Spanish speakers.

The Census matters to all of us. It means dollars for education, public safety, infrastructure, and essential services, as well as political representation from here in New Rochelle all the way to Washington, DC.

So please take this last opportunity to make sure you and your family are counted.