Schumer in New Rochelle Touts LINC

L to R: Legislator Terry Clements, Assemblyman Steve Otis, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Council Member Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Mayor Noam Bramson, Congressman Jamaal Bowman, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer

I was honored to welcome Senator Chuck Schumer to New Rochelle this afternoon for a press conference touting the LINC project.  Senator Schumer has championed the $12 million federal grant awarded to the City last week, and I have no doubt that his personal advocacy was instrumental in securing this funding.

Standing with other elected and community leaders, Schumer noted the glaring deficiencies of Memorial Highway as it exists today and spoke about the LINC’s capacity to foster economic opportunity, expand transportation options, and provide much-needed outdoor recreation for tens of thousands of residents.

I am deeply grateful for Senator Schumer’s leadership on this priority and excited about the LINC’s transformative potential for New Rochelle.

New Rochelle in Washington Post

Today’s Washington Post highlights New Rochelle’s federal grant for the LINC project as one example of the new transportation priorities in Washington, DC under President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg.  I am grateful that decision-makers in the Administration recognize the enormous value of initiatives like the LINC, which can have such a positive, transformative impact on communities.  Worth a read.

Huge News: New Ro Receives $12 Million Federal Grant for LINC Project

Big, big news.  New Rochelle has been awarded a $12 million federal grant for the LINC project.

The LINC is among the most significant and transformative initiatives in New Rochelle’s history. By repurposing a portion of Memorial Highway (and its overpass extension to I-95) into a linear park, the LINC will bind together the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood with New Rochelle’s burgeoning downtown — enabling better, safer access to transit and employment, while also creating an expansive new open space and recreational amenity for tens of thousands of residents.  Combining our federal award with State dollars already allocated to the LINC through the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative), the City is now in a position to fully implement this exciting vision.

Memorial Highway in its current form is a classic example of a car-centric planning disaster — a six-lane overbuilt thoroughfare, originally intended to connect the New England Thruway with the Hutchinson River and Cross County Parkways, but instead simply dumping excess traffic into local roads never designed to accept it.  Even worse, it is emblematic of the injustice visited upon many Black and Brown neighborhoods around the country that were either bulldozed or severed from their surroundings by acres of concrete.  The LINC presents a rare opportunity to heal a historic wound and build a better, more equitable future for everyone in New Rochelle.

The federal RAISE program, the source of our grant, is highly-competitive; only a fraction of applications from the entire nation receive awards.  New Rochelle’s win is, therefore, a powerful vote of confidence in the project and in our community.  I am deeply grateful for the leadership of President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg and for the exceptional advocacy of our federal delegation, led by Senator Schumer, who championed New Rochelle’s grant application, with strong support from Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Bowman.

Thank you also to the City’s planning and development team.  Their persistence and hard work were instrumental in New Rochelle putting forward a compelling application and making the best possible case to federal officials.

There’s more about this announcement in the Journal News, and here’s additional information about the LINC.

Downtown at Dusk

 

New Rochelle’s burgeoning downtown looks gorgeous at dusk, with Long Island Sound to the left and the distant towers of Manhattan just visible on the horizon.  And yet as pretty as this photo may be, it doesn’t quite do justice to the in-person, breathtaking depth and beauty of the scene, as viewed from the rooftop of the Standard on Lecount Place.  I couldn’t be more excited about the growing energy and life of our city’s core, and it’s only going to get better.

Penn Access on Track

It’s all systems go for Penn Access, the regional transit initiative that will link Metro-North’s New Haven line to Penn Station.  When the project is completed in about five years, New Rochelle will be an especially big beneficiary, boasting the closest station to NYC with direct service to both the east and west sides of Manhattan.  This week, local leaders received a briefing on the project from County Executive George Latimer and Metro-North officials.  I was pleased to join colleagues at every level of government in full support.  Here’s video of our press conference (my comments begin at about 17:45), and there’s more information in this release.