In my last newsletter, I reported that I was exploring ways of addressing the issue of overdevelopment in our residential neighborhoods in the form of what are commonly known as McMansions – the construction of gargantuan houses, which are out of character with the neighborhood. Through my efforts, I am pleased to report that the Department of Development has offered a proposal to limit such overdevelopment. Public hearings have been scheduled on this proposed legislation and I welcome your input on this important issue. While I respect a property owner’s right to improve his or her property, the preservation of the character and quality of our neighborhoods is of prime importance.Read more
Traffic concerns are a perennial issue that draws attention from throughout New Rochelle. From Paine and Forest Heights to the East End, to Larchmont Woods, and other neighborhoods throughout District 5, speeding cars in quiet residential neighborhoods is a chronic issue. The recently enacted Traffic Calming Program, of which I was one of the key sponsors, is a good first step towards addressing this problem. One of the first areas to be awarded a grant to ease traffic concerns is Paine Avenue and this project should come to fruition later this spring. If you are concerned about speeding traffic in your neighborhood, please contact the Department of Public Works 654-2130 for an application to participate in this program.Read more
Dear Resident of District 5:
While New Rochelle’s future looks bright, we must strike a balance between preserving our residential neighborhoods and responsible development in our downtown. The challenge of providing the essential city services and assuring the preservation of our quality of life must be met with thoughtful planning and response to community needs. Neighborhood traffic, preventing neighborhood overdevelopment, easing traffic congestion on North Avenue, providing adequate recreational opportunities for our youth, and continuing to make available the essential municipal services are all issues that require focus and commitment. I have tried to highlight some of those issues.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or 914-740-4346.
Barry R. Fertel
New Rochelle City Council District 5
Email [email protected]
Regular mail to: Councilmember Roberto Lopez, 515 North Avenue, City Hall, New Rochelle New York 10801Read more
Como Presidente de Bellas Artes Business Council, les puedo informar que nos hemos comprometido a horganizar los negocios de nuestra comunidad para mejorar la calidad de vida en el West End de New Roochelle. Este año hemos apoyado nuevos comerciantes y en colaboracion con la ciudad de New Rochelle de nuevo organizaremos el Dia de la Limpieza del West End, nuestras actividades de recaudar fondos se regresan de nuevo a la comunidad en donaciones para el citio de los Jornaleros, la feria de la salud, y otras organizaciones. nuestra organizacion trabaja muy cerca con la camara de comercio de New Rochelle y tenemos reuniones continuamente para discutir tecnicas de negocios he intercambiar ideas.Read more
As the president of the Bellas Artes Business Council, I can report that we have committed ourselves to organizing the business community and improving the quality of life in the West End of New Rochelle. This year we are mentoring new business owners and, in collaboration with the City of New Rochelle, again sponsoring a clean up day for the west end. Our fundraising activities are funneled back into the community in donations to the Day Laborers site and an annual health fair. Our organization works closely with the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and meets monthly to discuss business techniques and exchange ideas.Read more
Con un liderasgo muy fuerte de ciudadanos voluntarios, incluyendo residents de las asociaciones de Glen Wood Lake y French Ridge, la Ciudad a actuado en mejorar el cresimiento de areas residenciales, adoptando nuevas restricciones sobre casas duplex, protegiendo areas de recreacion. Este año se concideraran cambios adicionales en casa duplex para prevenir construcciones masivas en lotes pequeños.Read more
With strong leadership from citizen volunteers, including residents of the Glenwood Lake and French Ridge neighborhoods, the City has acted to better control growth in our residential areas by adopting new restrictions on townhouse development and protections for open space and parkland. This year, we will consider additional zoning changes in multi-family areas to better prevent overdevelopment.Read more