The New Rochelle City Council has appointed the members of its new Citizens’ Panel on Sustainable Budgets. Todd Kern, founder of 2Revolutions LLC, described as an “education design lab,” will serve as the panel’s chairman.
Mayor Noam Bramson, who announced the appointments on his website on Tuesday, proposed the idea of convening such a panel as he and the other members of council were in the final stages of passing the 2012 city budget. It had been a contentious process, with officials grappling with the state’s property tax cap and coming close laying off firefighters, crossing guards and other workers.
Bramson had suggested the panel as a means to identify the community’s priorities and develop new approaches to crafting the budget.
According to a separate news release issued Tuesday by the city, the group will be “tasked with analyzing service delivery levels and methods in the face of dwindling resources for 2013 and beyond.”
In addition to Kern, the members of the panel are Judith Berger, David Bieber, Michael Boyle Sr., Emily Bromberg, Kyran Cassidy, Matthew Costa, Michael D’Ambrosio, Jeffrey Hastie, Linda Kelly-Fauci, Bo Kemp, Todd Kern, Martha Lopez-Hanratty, David Peters, Ann Rolett and John Rorer. Bramson will serve on the panel as well.
The city’s release said North Avenue Research would provide consulting services on a pro bono basis.
The panel will have its first meeting in February and work through July.