Christopher B. Leinberger has an excellent Op-Ed in the New York Times today.
While there are politicians in New Rochelle who continue to use the GreeNR plan to push for apartments in the area of the train station, his article shows this is a misguided emphasis. We must invest in transportation improvements first, housing later.
The cities and inner-ring suburbs that will be the foundation of the recovery require significant investment at a time of government retrenchment. Bus and light-rail systems, bike lanes and pedestrian improvements — what traffic engineers dismissively call “alternative transportation” — are vital.
The New Rochelle Walk of Fame, 25 distinctive interpretive stations, commemorating nationally notable individuals* with distinct ties to New Rochelle and their contributions to America has been installed Downtown. This is part of the New Rochelle BID’s ongoing efforts to preserve and promote our history and Downtown where New Rochelle’s past, present and future come together.
The Walk of Fame signs, strategically located in the gardens lining the Library Green pathway were created and funded by former resident and historian Roderick Kennedy Jr., working in partnership with the BID, the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation and City Historian Barbara Davis.
A Public Hearing is scheduled for December 6th at 7:30 pm at City Hall, please come out to support public safety and voice your concern.
Consider that New Rochelle Fire Company Ladder 12 is closed today. Since the release of the preliminary budget it has been out of service more than it has been in service. The preliminary budget calls for a reduction of 5 less (almost 20%) fire fighters working per shift since 2009 and to permanently close Ladder 12 for 2012. Ladder 12 is a crucial part of the Fire Departments ability to provide “time of the essence” life-saving service; its primary function includes search and rescue. A normal response to a call requires that 2 engines and 2 trucks respond. If the response happens to be in the North End of New Rochelle and another call comes in on Pelham Road, there will not be another ladder to respond. Even if the call turns out to be a false alarm, the travel time to respond to the other end of the city can be upwards of 21 minutes (as per map quest); the distance between the 2 ends of New Rochelle is more than 8 miles apart.
A special task force of federal, Westchester County and local law enforcement officers has arrested five people in connection with an ATM skimming scheme that resulted in $1 million in fraud in multiple Westchester communities.
The five suspects were arrested in recent weeks by a multi-agency ATM Skimming Task Force made up of police officers from the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Secret Service and nine local police departments in Westchester. The task force is continuing its investigation into a number of additional ATM skimming cases.
Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth created the task force following incidents of ATM skimming fraud that were occurring around Westchester. Along with the county police and U.S. Secret Service, the Pelham, Rye, Greenburgh, Bronxville and Yorktown police departments assigned officers to the task force.
The task force was assisted in various investigations by officers from the Yonkers, Peekskill, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry and Tarrytown police departments.
The Guidance Center identified its most needy clients who enjoyed a holiday treat courtesy of the Mariano Rivera Foundation. The New York Yankee pitcher, his wife, Clara, and his foundation’s President, Naomi Gandia, joined with TGC staff and other volunteers to help distribute 100 bags filled with frozen turkey, potatoes, rice, beans, vegetables, coffee and other non-perishable items. The Riveras said that they are thankful to be in a position to give others some comfort in the holiday season, and the families showed their appreciation with several rounds of applause. The Guidance Center, which has a 70 year history and a sterling reputation of helping people in need in New Rochelle and Westchester County, is delighted to have partnered with The Mariano Rivera Foundation.
By a margin of 45 votes, Sheila Marcotte, Westchester County Legislator from District 10, has won her first full-term on the County Board of Legislators. Marcotte won a special election in June 2010 after former County Legislator Vito Pinto was tapped by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for the position of head of the Veterans Service Agency and the Office of Drug Prevention and Stop-DWI.
"There are so many people to thank, but first and foremost, many thanks to all of you who participated in the process and voted on November 8, 2011", said Marcotte.
The last official tally posted to the Westchester County of Board of Elections web site shows 8,687 votes cast with Marcotte defeating John Fitzpatrick by a merging of 4363 and 4324. Those numbers will change after a count held on Saturday November 19th at Board of Elections headquarters in White Plains.
Please mark your calendar and join us for my annual Toys for Tots event on Saturday, December 10 from Noon to 3pm at On the Waterfront, 2 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY.
This is always a fun event that will surely get you in the holiday spirit. We are very lucky to have so many awesome friends that drop off toys and gift cards for kids in need each year. We are proud to work on this event with the Marine Corps League. The toys will be given to needy kids in the Westchester area. And this year we are adding to the fun with "Karaoke Christmas Carols," so stay for some refreshments and belt out your favorite Christmas song! Jean and I will be doing a duet.
Please bring unwrapped toys for kids of all ages. We note there is always a need for gifts for teenagers and gift cards and donations are very helpful. You can also drop off gifts before December 10 at The Cut Above, 2122 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont, NY or at my county legislative office in White Plains.
Please call 914-813-1402 if you have questions. See you on December 10!