One city, united by our shared values
White Plains is thriving. But we can't take progress for granted. Tom believes our city is at its best when we have both a thriving downtown - attracting new businesses, residents, and retailers - and are strengthening the vibrant, unique neighborhoods that have long characterized White Plains.
We are strongest when we are united by our shared progressive values, and when everyone feels welcome in our city. White Plains is committed to community policing, our police force does not ask about immigration status, and Tom will continue to be outspoken in support of the rights of all people, no matter where they’re from, who they choose to love or how – or if – they choose to worship.
Being a welcoming city also requires us to make it possible for people of all income levels to call White Plains home - which is why Tom is proud to have prioritized increasing affordable housing in the City. Hundreds of new affordable units are now under construction and in the pipeline, all built at the developer's expense.
Protecting our environment is crucial to our quality of life and our planet's future. For the first time ever, under Tom's leadership, White Plains has established an impact fee on multi-family residential developers to help fund our parks and open spaces. After 30 years of attempts by the city, Tom finally capped the city's landfill. Under Tom's leadership, White Plains was the first community in Westchester to ban the dirtiest heating oils; created the first dedicated bike lanes in the county; and established a network of electric vehicle charging stations in city owned parking garages and lots. The City has dramatically increased the amount of installed solar capacity thanks to a streamlined solar permitting process. We will also reduce our carbon footprint and electric bill by replacing all of our street lights with efficient LEDs and making energy efficient upgrades at City buildings and facilities. Tom also initiated textile recycling at the City's Gedney Yard. Thanks to these investments and more, White Plains was recently designated a Clean Energy Community by New York State.
Most recently, Tom worked with our State Representatives to bring an east-west bus rapid transit system to Westchester County, that will open up once the new Tappan Zee Bridge is completed. This will help reduce congestion on our roads and highways, and allow our commercial offices to attract new tenants who want to be transit-accessible. Thanks to investments like this one, White Plains is rapidly adding jobs, which creates customers for small businesses in our city.
Despite tough financial times, Tom has maintained top notch municipal services while abiding by the State tax cap, and improved the City's financial outlook to AA1 Stable. The City has added new revenue streams under Tom's leadership - like film and television production - that are helping us keep our government funded despite changes to the economy that are putting pressure on brick and mortar retailers. Tom served on the Mass Transit Task Force for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, as the President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, and President of the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM).