Category Archives: Planning & Development

Watch My LWV Interview

Please watch my half-hour interview with Tamar Tait of the League of Women Voters. We talked about New Rochelle’s history, our downtown plans, infrastructure investments, the public school system, the new State Senate majority, and much more. A good conversation about our community’s past, present, and future. If you find the conversation informative, please also … Continue reading Watch My LWV Interview

Amazon Decision is Missed Opportunity

Amazon’s decision to pull out of New York represents a missed opportunity for the metropolitan area, and is a victory of emotion over reason.  The Long Island City plan would have strengthened and diversified the New York economy, created tens of thousands of jobs, and generated billions in new public revenue, while also bolstering the … Continue reading Amazon Decision is Missed Opportunity

Quaker Ridge Road Meeting on 2-27

With help from a New York State grant, New Rochelle is planning to make the biggest investment in Quaker Ridge Road since the street’s initial construction decades ago. In addition to basic (and much-needed) resurfacing, the goals of the project are to: Enhance safety and efficiency at intersections; Maintain smooth traffic flow; Curb excessive speeding; … Continue reading Quaker Ridge Road Meeting on 2-27

The Con Ed Gas Moratorium

Con Ed’s unexpected announcement of a moratorium on new natural gas service poses potentially serious challenges to economic development throughout Westchester. I remain confident, however, that through collaboration with regional partners in government, common-sense flexibility from the utility, and, potentially, State assistance for alternative energy options, we can implement practical solutions. Earlier today, I participated … Continue reading The Con Ed Gas Moratorium

I’ll Drink to That

New Rochelle is considering a downtown zoning amendment that would allow “tasting rooms” that serve beer and cider. Tasting rooms would have to be associated with a New York State brewery or cidery that uses locally-grown ingredients, although production could be off-site (that last piece would be the main substantive change in our local regulations.) … Continue reading I’ll Drink to That

Good News on Penn Access

Good news from Governor Cuomo today, with the announcement of a major agreement between the MTA and Amtrak to proceed with Penn Access, which will connect Metro-North’s New Haven line to Penn Station. Here’s more from the Governor. Although the press release focuses primarily on benefits for the Bronx, where four new stations will be … Continue reading Good News on Penn Access

Neighborhood Conversation Recap

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