ON TIME, BALANCED BUDGETS
Since becoming Mayor in 2011, Tom has taken a fiscally responsible approach to managing the City’s operations. He has held the line on spending and kept the property tax levy below the tax cap without borrowing to meet operating costs or “one shots”. Moody’s recently recognized these positive steps by reaffirming the City’s favorable AA1 rating and revising the financial outlook from negative to stable. At a time when many municipalities have seen their bond ratings downgraded, White Plains is headed in the opposite direction.
SAVING MONEY, PRESERVING SERVICES & PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Under Mayor Roach, the City is working smarter and more efficiently. The Parking and Building Departments have moved from rented space into City-owned space providing operational efficiencies and cost savings both now and on in the future. Departments have been consolidated and single operator automated side loader garbage trucks have been introduced to the City’s fleet. The City is focused on the use of technology to improve both the quality and the efficiency of the services provided to residents.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Under Tom’s leadership the city created the first dedicated bike lanes in Westchester County, Electric Vehicle charging stations were installed with more to come, and Zip Car opened at locations throughout the city. The City recently passed Complete Streets legislation, ensuring the needs of cyclists and pedestrians are considered during any development. These and other changes are not just good for the environment, they make White Plains a more attractive location to live, work, and play in a competitive marketplace. Tom is the endorsed candidate of the NY League of Conservation Voters.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Tom has taken a proactive approach to bringing business and revenue to our city. Zoning changes which permit mixed use in office park areas are keeping and attracting new tenants. The forward progress already seen in the City has made it more attractive to redevelopment of our underperforming downtown spaces bringing new projects, jobs and an improved quality of life.
PRESERVING THE CHARACTER OF OUR COMMUNITY
As a diverse and thriving city, a strong vibrant and stable downtown is essential but equally important is the preservation of the residential character of our neighborhoods outside of the downtown. Tom continues to work to ensure that any redevelopment downtown benefits the adjoining neighborhoods.
Tom put in place new technology which enables the City to quickly and efficiently communicate with residents, an ability that became crucial during Sandy. He is known for his responsiveness to comments received from residents and for the amount of time he spends out in the community, making himself available for people to directly discuss issues of concern to them.