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New Rochelle Council Discusses Farmers Market Schedule

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The New Rochelle City Council held off on renewing its three-year agreement with Community Markets this week.

Some council members said they wanted to see what other options there were about what day the city could have the weekly farmers market on the library green and how long it could be held there.

“I do support having the market on a Saturday but let’s look at all the options,” said District 1 Council member Louis Trangucci.

District 6 Council member Barry Fertel also likes the idea of the market being moved to Saturday when more people would be able to visit it verses it being on a Friday when most people would be at work.

However, Fertel wanted to hold off on making a judgment since he was concerned about what Community Markets intentions were for having a market at the Larchmont Train Station on a Saturday and New Rochelle on Friday.

“I don’t want us to be a second fiddle because this particular organization has its own agenda to which markets it wants to show preference for on a particular day,” he said.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said Community Markets representatives, New Rochelle District 4 Council member Ivar Hyden and up to three other council members who show interest will meet to come up with a recommendation before Tuesday’s regular legislative session council meeting.  Bramson said he is interested in joining the group.

Local downtown business owners passed out information at the meeting that said they would like to see the market moved to Saturdays.  The information said they'd like the city to opt for a one-year agreement with the Community Markets with the opportunity to agree to a second year or third year.

Business leaders, the information said, also want to see more offerings available for purchase at the market, increase its appeal to the communities it surrounds, create opportunities for downtown business and restaurants to grow based on the increased traffic that the market brings in.

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