Great news for New Rochelles kids and soccer, softball and baseball players

1/5/2010 9:13:00 AM

(New Rochelle, NY) ~ County Legislators Jim Maisano (R, New Rochelle) and Vito Pinto (D, Eastchester) announced that in the final meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators for 2009, they pushed through legislation that the two legislators have worked on for several years together with the City of New Rochelle, which will provide New Rochelle with $9.8 Million in County Legacy funding to fully upgrade City Park’s athletic fields.  City Park, long in need of remediation, will now get it under a deal brought about by Maisano and Pinto’s leadership and persistence. Plans call for a state-of-the-art multi-use facility that will also serve football, field hockey and lacrosse players.

Maisano stated, “Vito and I refused to take “NO” for an answer and demanded this legislation be passed prior to end of 2009.  This is a tremendous victory for the City of New Rochelle.  City Park will be one of the flagship athletic facilities in Westchester and our athletes, from children to adults, will greatly enjoy playing sports on these upgraded fields.  As the father of a soccer and baseball player, I know very well how much improvement is needed at New Rochelle’s athletic fields.”

Pinto added, “Passing this legislation has been my priority for several years now and I am thrilled to help push this legislation through in the final weeks of 2009.  We worked in a positive and bipartisan way at both the county and city level, and this collaborative effort is a great example of putting people first and getting something wonderful done for the people of New Rochelle.  These new fields will provide New Rochelle with a first-class athletic facility.  I look forward to watching sports there.”  In exchange for the $9.8 Million in funding, the City of New Rochelle takes responsibility for all county roads in the city, agrees to help develop 185 affordable housing units over five years, and forfeits a minimal road service payment from the County.  Pinto and Maisano noted that the 185 affordable housing units reflect projects already in the planning phase. 

 The city takes over ownership of the following county roads in the city:  Pelham Road, Quaker Ridge Road, part of  Palmer Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, sections of Mill Road, Echo Avenue, Wilmot Road, Weaver Street and Main Street.  The term of the agreement is 15 years during which the county retains an interest in the property for the life of the bonds.  The legislators noted that room was left in the design for a hoped for hockey rink in future years.