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
I am pleased once again to offer summer internships in the Mayor’s office at New Rochelle City Hall. Applications are welcomed from college students or students planning to enter college in Fall 2018. Please read this fact sheet for much more information. To apply, please provide a cover letter, resume and one personal reference letter … Continue reading Summer Internships in the Mayor’s Office
I just finished delivering my 2018 State of the City Address to an overflow audience at City Hall. My remarks confronted head-on the important and timely challenge of youth safety and enrichment, but also offered an expansive and very positive assessment of our community’s dramatic progress on economic, environmental, and social priorities. Despite the pressing … Continue reading State of the City 2018
Please join me on Thursday, March 1st at City Hall for the annual State of the City Address. The evening begins with a networking reception at 6:00pm, followed by the speech at 7:30pm. It’s free and open to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s more in this flyer. Hope to see … Continue reading Reminder: State of the City on March 1st
I am proud that the City of New Rochelle is updating its non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies to include gender identity. Our community is strongest when all of us can be our true selves and contribute to the common good.