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Mayor Thomas Roach: Technological Innovation in White Plains, New York

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White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach was born in White Plains, and currently resides in the Westminster Ridge section of the city with his wife, Beth and their two children.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He was the first person in his family to earn a four year degree and is a product of the public education system from Kindergarten through his law degree.

Mayor Roach began his legal career representing the poor with the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx.  He then entered the private practice of law in Westchester County specializing in trial work.  He was elected to the White Plains Common Council in 2001.  During his time on the Council he focused on constituent service, sound fiscal management, and the environment.  Clean air restrictions on construction sites, which he spearheaded, remain part of the approval process in White Plains and have served as a model for other communities.

In February of 2011, while serving as Council President, he became Acting Mayor.  He was elected Mayor in a special election shortly thereafter and won election to his first full term in office in November 2013. Tom was re-elected to a second term in November 2017. On both occasions Tom won re-election with well over 70% of the vote.

About our discussion Mayor Roach says, "White Plains is a city on the rise. Located just north of New York City, it is an ideal place for those wanting more of a small town but who commute into New York to work, and also ideal for innovative companies wanting easy access to Gotham. I firmly believe technology will make White Plains even better. Starting with our innovative bike share efforts, we will explore how White Plains will use innovation to be even more attractive of a place to live and work."

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