Vaccination or Testing Will Be Required for Municipal Employees

New Rochelle will require municipal employees to be vaccinated or to undergo weekly COVID tests, starting September 8th.  Consistent with parallel actions among other public and private institutions, this measure will help ensure a safe work environment, while also nudging our city closer to herd immunity.  I encourage employers throughout New Rochelle to adopt similar measures.

Hundreds of millions of vaccinated Americans now enjoy health and peace of mind.  By contrast, unvaccinated Americans account for the overwhelming majority of those still — tragically — succumbing to COVID.  Widespread vaccination is the only means of bringing this public health emergency to a conclusive end.

Pop-Up Vaccinations this Friday

COVID rates are once again rising here in New Rochelle as the highly-contagious delta variant spreads across our region, so if you haven’t already been vaccinated, now is the time to protect yourself and your family.

A vaccine pop-up is scheduled for this Friday, July 23 from 10am to 2pm at 467 North Avenue near City Hall. And vaccines are available everyday at pharmacies and health care providers throughout New Rochelle and Westchester for all people ages 12 and up.

The vaccine is safe, effective, and free. Hundreds of millions of people have already been vaccinated and now enjoy the freedom and peace of mind that comes with protection from COVID.

For more information about Friday’s vaccine pop-up, call 914-227-9309 or email jkonviss@newrochelleny.com. For general information about vaccine locations, visit www.vaccines.gov. And if you have any questions about the vaccine itself, talk to your doctor to learn the facts.

Glen Island Testing Center to Close, Allowing Full Park Access

The Glen Island COVID testing center is set to close on June 25th, allowing full access to the park for the first time since the pandemic began.  The opening of the nation’s first drive-thru testing facility was a powerful symbol of New Rochelle’s status as an early epicenter of the virus; now, the full re-opening of Glen Island Park is an equally powerful symbol of our city’s recovery.  Even as we celebrate this milestone, we should also feel gratitude for the dedicated organizers and health care professionals who worked heroically to stand up the center in the midst of a crisis, and whose tireless efforts since then have been critical to our region’s pandemic response.  Here’s more from the Journal News.

Selections for Community-Police Partnership Board

I am pleased to submit for the City Council’s consideration seven community appointees to New Rochelle’s Community-Police Partnership Board (CPPB.)  These community representatives will join six others — four from the NRPD, one from senior City management, and one representing the City Council — for a total of thirteen.  Here are brief bios of the full Board.

These appointees bring enormous breadth of relevant personal and professional experience to the vital challenge of advancing both public safety and racial justice in our community, and I am grateful for their anticipated service.  I am grateful also to the dozens of other New Rochelle residents who applied to join the CPPB and look forward to a collaborative, inclusive process that invites meaningful public engagement.

There is more background and context in this press release.

 

New Family Court Opens

A honor to join County Executive George Latimer, Judge Kathie Davidson, and other County and local officials at the ribbon-cutting of the brand new, state-of-the-art Family Court on Garden Street.  The Family Court provides essential services to our city and region, including those related to child neglect, child custody and support, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, adoption, and guardianship.  The central location of the new court, in the heart of New Rochelle’s burgeoning downtown and in immediate proximity to the New Rochelle Transit Center, will ensure that these services are broadly accessible.  I am grateful for the County Executive’s strong commitment to this priority, the steadfast support of our County legislators, the impassioned advocacy of the bench, the engagement of community leaders, and the partnership of the development team.  More in this press release.

Standing Against Gun Violence

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, an opportunity to reflect on the awful toll of gun violence in American society and to recommit ourselves to common-sense, evidence-based solutions.  As a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Everytown for Gun Safety, I marked the occasion with County Legislator Damon Maher and leaders of the Westchester Chapter of Moms Demand Action.  Let’s work together for a safer community and nation.