NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The New Rochelle City Council has appointed 15 citizen volunteers to serve on the Citizens’ Panel on Sustainable Budgets according to information from the city of New Rochelle.
"The fiscal constraints impacting New Rochelle and many other cities are likely to persist for the long-term, and we must, therefore, undertake a comprehensive and in-depth look at local service levels, aimed at setting priorities in an era of limits," said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
Bramson hopes that the panel can help the process by exploring both old and new options, bringing independent and creative thought to difficult challenges and providing a vehicle for greater public participation in community goal-setting.
The panel will analyze service delivery levels and methods in the face of dwindling resources for 2013 and the years to come. The panel will work through July to produce recommendations in time for next year’s budget considerations.
Members of the panel, comprised of various citizens throughout the city, have experience in finance, administration and other relevant fields. Resident Todd Kern is its chair.
Other members include: Judith Berger, David Bieber, Michael Boyle Sr., Emily Bromberg, Kyran Cassidy, Matthew Costa, Michael D’Ambrosio, Jeffrey Hastie, Linda Kelly-Fauci, Bo Kemp, Martha Lopez-Hanratty, David Peters, Ann Rolett, and John Rorer.
"The caliber of the panel members is exceptionally high," Bramson said. "They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, as well as a diversity of perspectives. I look forward to working with them and am grateful for their generous donation of time and effort."
Consulting services will be provided by North Avenue Research, and led by New Rochelle resident Mark Grotevant.
Selections were made from a strong pool of applicants in at-large and council district appointments according to the city. Bramson is on the committee along with two rotating members of the city council.