Tom Roach Sworn in as the 18th Mayor of White Plains NY

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605

Tom Roach - Mayor - White Plains NYThe ceremony was simple but there was a goodly crowd outside of City Hall on a perfect spring evening to watch the swearing in of Mayor Roach as the city’s 18th mayor.   I had been on the road much of the day and was fortunate enough to make it to the event and  to have my camera  – so enjoy the photos.  I was actually carrying the right lens for such an event!

The speech was apolitical and I was impressed as Mayor Roach gave thanks to his family and friends and city employees.  If nothing else the ceremony signaled an new beginning for a city that has had more than a few growing pains over the past few years.


White Plains NY Growing Pains:

White Plains has gone through a great deal over the past decade.  It went through massive growth during the first years of the 21st century.  There was nothing but praise for the “White Plains Renaissance”  with super- builder  – Cappelli transforming  the city’s downtown and creating a true skyline where none existed before.  Although the downtown needed to be turned in a new direction – I believe White Plains became a victim of its own success – add a dash of hubris and you are done for.

City Hall - White Plains NY

City Council Looks on

There is such a thing as too much, too fast and the city was left flat-footed when the biggest recession since the Great Depression hit the city broadside.  When you build too much and  the buyers aren’t there to absorb the inventory -  problems await.  When a large percentage of your tax base is based on retail and a major recession hits – it can be cause for concern.  Put both of these factors together and  – well – you’ve got quite a problem.   Not that there weren’t hints of a money problem brewing even before White Plains got smacked with that one-two punch.   When former Mayor Delfino was selling city owned land to balance budget shortfalls – it was pretty obvious that there was some rough sledding ahead.

The idea was that the money generated from the newly reinvigorated downtown would  pay for all the infrastructure costs – and this did not materialize.  As tax rates soared and long time residents felt they were footing the bill for the new downtown while services were being cut caused citizens to fume.

Mayor Bradley:

Into this rather explosive mix entered Adam Bradley.  Elected mayor in 2010 – he had held office a mere  two months  when he was arrested and charged with assault charges.  The domestic violence charges created a three-ring circus during a time of fiscal crisis.  While  his trial continued – the city was facing deep budget cuts or a totally mind boggling 19% tax increase.  The massive increase was avoided but the city needed a Mayor who could fully concentrate on the needs of the city.

Thus  the election and installation of Tom Roach – a long-time member of the City Council came as relief to many residents who basically just needed closure on this situation.  Meanwhile the finances of the city are looking up and sales receipts are looking stronger.  We all hope an important page has been turned and White Plains is on its way back.

 

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Tom Roach Sworn in as the 18th Mayor of White Plains NY

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Dennis Swartz
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Good luck to him, he may need it.

Apr 15, 2011 06:21 AM #1
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Bruce Walter
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Wow, you sure have had your challenges, Ruthmarie.  How long has your city been incorporated that you have only had 18 mayors?  I used to teach Social Studies and I know that General Washington fought a major engagement in White Plains against the British in the late fall of 1776 before being driven all the way out of NY and NJ.  Just curious.

Apr 15, 2011 07:16 AM #2
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Dennis - Its really looking a lot better this year!  The stores that were shuttered are now back open with new businesses and the sales are up in existing establishments.  It was just too much too fast.  Something that I was worried about while it was happening. Bradley wasn't doing a bad job - he just had other "issues" and pretty major ones at that. We avoided the massive tax hike.  Some people were laid off - but some were rehired later on a grant. But the city needs a mayor that can focus on business.  We also needed someone who understands the workings of government.  There were two other candidates.  One had NO experience and the other would probably have thrown us into more of the same "build, build, build!" with no constraints - which is what got us into trouble to begin with. THe city has a live-in population of about 60,000 or close to it and a commuter population of 250,000.  So this is a real CITY.  Frankly, I put two blogs up about the special election hoping that people would catch it on google.  I just wanted people to get out and VOTE! 

In all honesty - I believe the right person won...so that's very good news.

Hi Bruce - It only became a true city around the turn of the 20th century.  So I've got assume that this is only since it became a city.  No way did we have only 18 Mayors since the Revolution!  Yes, the battle of White Plains was a significant battle during the American Revolution.  An entire neighborhood is named "Battle Hill".  Every Fall there is a ceremony there - complete with uniforms....

Apr 15, 2011 10:49 AM #3
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Dear Ruthmarie -

I was going to comment exactly what Bruce said -"How long has your city been incorporated that you have only had 18 mayors?"

I visited White Plains often as a child and couldn't believe that there were so few mayors in all this time -- thanks for explaining.

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Apr 16, 2011 12:11 AM #4
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Tom Roach is a good guy who will work hard for the city, and do the best for all the residents. It will be good to have him sitting in the big chair til at least 2013, end of this term. Good post Ruthmarie!!

Apr 16, 2011 10:17 AM #5
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Ruthmarie Hicks
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Hi Lynn - I was shocked too.. and then it was qualified "18th mayor since incorporated as a city."  That makes sense given that we have had some long-term mayors ---- and a few short term...

Hi Marie - He is pragmatic and tells the truth.  That debate  - he didn't promise the world.  Glad it resonated because the other candidates were just saying "there's got to be a way to do it all...."  and there isn't.  That's the reality.  I'm hoping that for White Plains this closes an uncomfortable chapter.

Apr 17, 2011 10:55 AM #6
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So they have a Roach as mayor. He better do a good job because if he doesn’t the political cartoonists are going to have a field day!

Apr 17, 2011 10:49 PM #7
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Ruthmarie Hicks
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Hi Jim - I  never really gave it much thought...Admitedly it is an unfortunate name.  I think its because he's been around as a council member for a long time.

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