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.
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.
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.
Looking forward to participating in @Up4Growth on September 29, and very proud that New Rochelle is seen as a national model for progressive housing policy. Join us by registering at https://sforce.co/3zueLAQ. #UFGChangemakers2021
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.
If you haven’t already completed the Phase I Survey for the LINC, please take a couple of minutes to offer your input about the design of New Rochelle’s newest park. Through this exciting initiative, Memorial Highway will become a safe, community-friendly greenway connecting the Lincoln Avenue neighborhood with New Rochelle’s downtown, making it a place where all of us can walk, bike, and play. Community input is essential to turning this concept into reality, so please give us your feedback.