Police Review Committee Appointed

City Manager Chuck Strome has appointed a fifteen-member citizens committee to review Policing procedures and protocols in New Rochelle, with the goal of making recommendations to the City Administration and Council this fall.  There is more detail, including the names of the appointees, in this press release.  I thank the committee members for their anticipated service and also thank Council Member Yadira Ramos-Herbert, who has agreed to serve as the facilitator of this important and timely process.


City Establishes Police Review Committee – Public Invited to Apply to Join

Like many communities across the nation, New Rochelle is taking a comprehensive look at Police practices.  Public involvement is a vital part of this process, so we are convening a citizens committee to review local Police procedures and recommend potential changes and improvements.  Applications to join the committee are welcomed,

Applications will be accepted through July 31, the Committee will be selected in early August, and a report with recommendations is due in early October.

There’s more information in this press release, including a background report prepared by the NRPD.  You can apply online at www.newrochelleny.com/NRPDreview.


Looking Back on New Rochelle’s COVID Experience

With our region now well into the re-opening process, the City’s communications team put together this video looking back on New Rochelle’s experience with COVID-19.  The crisis is far from over, but it’s encouraging to reflect on how far we have come and to express our gratitude to all the essential workers who made our community’s progress possible.



Phase IV Reopening Begins Today

New Rochelle and our region enter Phase IV of the reopening process today, allowing higher education, as well as low-risk arts & entertainment, to restart operations.  There’s more at forward.ny.gov.

Our continuing progress is good news and a credit to the hard work of all of us in the nation’s former epicenter of the virus.  Even so, spiking rates of infection in other parts of the country serve as an alarming cautionary tale.  The crisis is not over, individual responsibility remains vital, and New York is absolutely right to monitor public health statistics in order to determine if and when restrictions need to be reimposed.

Let’s each do our part to keep moving in the right direction.





Phase III Re-Opening Begins Today

Our region’s recovery from COVID continues, as New Rochelle enters Phase III of the re-opening process today.  Restaurants are now allowed to offer indoor dining (at 50% capacity), and personal care businesses are also permitted to open.  More detail at forward.ny.gov.

While our progress is encouraging, responsible behavior remains a must: please continue to wear a mask in public, practice physical distancing, and wash hands frequently.  Having come so far, let’s not slide back.