Category Archives: Nation, State & Region

Supporting Refugees

The Trump Administration may be shamefully turning its back on refugees, but here in Westchester County, houses of worship, advocacy organizations, and concerned citizens are working to uphold our nation’s long and honorable tradition of welcoming victims of oppression and violence. I recently heard from one of the leaders of this effort, seeking employment opportunities … Continue reading Supporting Refugees

Shelley Mayer – Congratulations and Onward

Congratulations to Shelley Mayer, who just won the Democratic nomination for New York State Senate in the district previously represented by County Executive George Latimer (including about half of New Rochelle.) Shelley currently represents Yonkers in the State Assembly, but her positive reputation extends far beyond her home city.  Among colleagues throughout our region, Shelley … Continue reading Shelley Mayer – Congratulations and Onward

Property Tax Pre-Payment May Be Worth Thousands

The federal tax bill likely to be approved by Congress this month is an offensive mess for many reasons. Among its many objectionable provisions is a sharp cut in the deduction for state and local taxes, which will have an especially negative impact in suburban areas like Westchester. If the bill passes, it may be … Continue reading Property Tax Pre-Payment May Be Worth Thousands

Watch This Video of the Regional Plan Roll-Out

Last week, I had the opportunity to describe New Rochelle’s downtown plans to several hundred of New York’s most influential civic leaders at the roll-out of RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan.  Here’s video of my discussion about the suburbs with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (our portion begins at 1:18:14.)   A good conversation about the … Continue reading Watch This Video of the Regional Plan Roll-Out

RPA Releases Fourth Regional Plan

If you are interested in the future of our community and region, please set aside a little time to read the just-released Fourth Regional Plan from RPA, the Regional Plan Association. RPA’s vision and recommendations encompass equity, prosperity, health, and sustainability.  The Plan is chock-a-block with specific and achievable proposals that would greatly benefit the … Continue reading RPA Releases Fourth Regional Plan

On Track (Literally and Figuratively)

The Regional Plan Association (RPA) has released a new report, highlighting the critical importance of transit-served suburbs in meeting the housing, economic, and affordability needs of the New York metropolitan area.  Take a look. RPA’s recommendations are fully consistent with New Rochelle’s ambitious downtown development framework.  In fact, if you look at the full report, … Continue reading On Track (Literally and Figuratively)