WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The White Plains Daily Voice asked White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach and Common Council President Beth Smayda to tell us what their resolutions are as the city enters 2013.
“We will continue to look for efficient and new ways to do things similar to the consolidation of the traffic and parking departments,” Smayda said.
The Common Council adopted a local law to amend the city charter to get rid of the traffic department and incorporate it into the parking department.
In addition to looking for further efficiencies, the city plans to make investments in sustainability, Smayda said.
The council hopes to set up a hearing to consider implementing the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which would enable commercial properties to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects via loans from the not-for-profit Energy Improvement Corporation.
The improvements and loans would be requested by individual commercial entities and loans would be repaid from a special assessment placed on the commercial property's tax bill.. PACE allows a property owner to install improvements without a large up-front cash payment.
Smayda hopes the council will set up a hearing on it at its January meeting.
“We want to continue to cement our position as the regional hub for shopping entertainment and employment,” Roach said. “We feel that our brand is very strong right now, and we’ve made a lot of efforts to improve it.”