An overnight winter storm should make for a very messy Monday. I just sent the following robocall city-wide:
This is the City of New Rochelle with a winter storm advisory. Snow is forecast throughout the night, and road conditions will likely be poor tomorrow morning. Monday’s north end garbage pickup is cancelled. Please avoid unnecessary travel, and, where possible, park cars off-street. Please report power outages to Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or coned.com. After the storm, clear sidewalks and fire hydrants adjacent to your property, and, when digging out cars, please do not throw snow into the road. This has been Mayor Noam Bramson. Thank you for listening, and stay safe.
I was pleased to welcome Senator Chuck Schumer back to New Rochelle last week for a press at conference at our Police Headquarters. The Senator was in town to discuss the POWER Act, which would provide funding for equipment that can detect lethal drugs like fentanyl. It’s one part of a multi-layered strategy to confront the opioid epidemic. There’s more in this press release.
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; and
Improve sidewalks and cycling options.
Come learn more at a community meeting on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00pm at Beth El Synagogue. This flyer has all the details.
Ever single day, firefighters demonstrate remarkable heroism, putting themselves in danger to protect life and property. If a career as one of New Rochelle’s Bravest appeals to you, please consider applying to join the NRFD. Applications are being accepted until Friday, March 29th. Read all about it here.
I just sent the following city-wide robocall. Stay safe this weekend and avoid unnecessary travel.
This is a winter storm advisory from the City of New Rochelle.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Saturday night through Sunday evening, with gusty winds and accumulating snow, sleet and ice predicted. Please exercise caution while driving, especially on Sunday and Monday when temperatures are expected to fall, potentially creating hazardous icing conditions.
If you lose power, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or online at www.coned.com, where you can also learn how to sign up for text alerts to your cell. Report any downed trees to the New Rochelle Police Desk at 914-654-2300.
Finally, next week will follow a holiday collection schedule, with no pickup on Monday, garbage pickup in the North End on Tuesday and in the South End on Wednesday.
Additional messages will follow, if warranted.
This has been Mayor Noam Bramson. Thank you for listening and stay safe.
Neighborhood Conversation at New Rochelle High School
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 big takeaways:
• Infrastructure emerged as the public’s top priority, way ahead of everything else. The good news is that the City’s 10-Year Capital Budget invests heavily in roads and other long-term assets, but it was evident that many residents want to do even more.
• Economic development was the chief focus of many questions, with specific inquiries related to fiscal impacts, student generation, construction jobs, and traffic. Given the pace and scale of change in our downtown area, this subject demands ongoing dialogue.
• By about a 2-1 margin, residents believe that New Rochelle is moving in the right direction. For a public official, that’s a very encouraging sign, but I am mindful that this also leaves a sizable minority with serious concerns, and I feel a responsibility to address and engage these critical perspectives, too.
Were these opinions reflective of our community as a whole? That’s hard to say. The folks who choose to attend meetings like this may not be a statistically representative sample of New Rochelle. But, regardless, I was very grateful for the constructive feedback and input.