Park Improvements Move Forward

Yesterday’s City Council meeting was especially productive with respect to park improvements across New Rochelle.  In the space of just a few minutes, the Council: (1) accepted a $500,000 grant from the State to help implement the Hudson Park Master Plan; (2) issued bonds in the amount of $425,000 to upgrade Maplewood Park; (3) approved financing for the replacement of the turf at Fosina Field; and (4) directed federal Community Development Block Grant dollars to a new splash pad at Parkside Place.  That’s in addition to several other essential investments in infrastructure, equipment, and public facilities.  Not bad for an evening’s work!  Although grants play an important role in addressing New Rochelle’s capital priorities, many other expenditures are made possible by the City’s growing economy, as we reinvest the proceeds from development to strengthen our community.

Holiday Lights in New Ro

Our new holiday lights at Library Green and at City Hall are really beautiful.  A festive start to the season, and definitely worth a visit after sundown.

Celebrate “Fall-o-ween” in New Ro

Pre-K through 5th grade youngsters are invited to celebrate Fall-o-ween at Five Islands Park on Friday, October 28th.  Rain date: October 29th.  Space is limited, so be sure to register with the QR code on this flyer.  Costumes encouraged!

Our Newest Playground

Children and community leaders join Marc Sinkfield and Sheniqua Smith

New Rochelle can now welcome children and families to our newest playground at Brook and Winthrop, by Heritage Homes, named in honor of Ryan August Sinkfield, a much-loved young man who passed away tragically at age 5.  It was an honor to join neighbors and community leaders, especially Ryan’s parents, Marc Sinkfield and Sheniqua Smith, for the ribbon-cutting.  Every child deserves an opportunity for joyful play in a safe, beautiful space.

On Your Marks . . .

A beautiful scene at the starting line this morning, as hundreds of runners converged on New Rochelle for the annual Paine to Pain half-marathon.  Thank you to Eric Turkewitz and New Ro Runners for organizing this great event fourteen years and counting.

New Ro Moves Toward Sustainable (And Quieter) Landscaping

New Rochelle is launching a comprehensive initiative to promote environmentally-friendly (and quiet) landscaping practices. Partnering with Sustainable Westchester, the American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA), and Quiet Communities Inc. (QCi), and utilizing a $210,000 State grant, the City will begin transitioning to electric equipment for parks maintenance, while encouraging a similar transition among commercial landscapers through education, training, certification, and equipment rebates.  This multi-layered strategy is more likely to be successful than a purely regulatory approach, which would face serious enforcement challenges. I am proud that New Rochelle is leading by example.  More in this press release.