Rye Arts Center Lease Extended
Having been approached in 2010 to begin discussions on renewing the lease for the Rye Arts Center which was set to expire in 2 years, I was pleased the Council adopted the negotiated 25-year extension this past week. The relationship has been mutually beneficial for all and the organization provides a great deal to the community and our children in enhancing our cultural opportunities and quality of life.
Rye’s 1st Environmental Sustainability Plan AdoptedRye’s 1st Environmental Sustainability Plan Adopted I was also very pleased to have Rye’s first sustainability plan which has been in development the last few years adopted this past week. It outlines our shared goals and policies for sustainable development within Rye’s characteristics, and provides a guideline for enhancing and preserving those qualities. The plan addresses specific recommendations in energy, transportation, waste reduction, water/land use, and community awareness. Thanks again to our sustainability committee, professional staff and all of those involved.
(Read the plan here.)
The New Direction for Playland Takes Another Step Forward
The Sustainable Playland (SPI) project took another positive step this month as the organization submitted its improvement plan to the Westchester County Board for approval. The SPI proposal has great promise for Westchester residents. Based on the work of the City’s own strategic committee established two years ago, my work on the County Citizens Committee, and resolutions passed by the Council in support of Sustainable Playland and the Westchester Children’s Museum, we encourage this project to move ahead as soon as possible.
Central Avenue Bridge Re-Opens
The City proudly re-opened the Central Avenue Bridge, a key roadway in Rye after over 6 long years of delays. Long delays have become more common place with local projects that require NY state funding with never-ending regulatory approvals, but I want to thank the Governor, the State DOT, City staff and the residents for staying persistent in their support and in expediting the project over the last two years.