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Mayor Thomas Roach
Mayor's HeadshotBackground
Tom was born in White Plains, and currently resides in the Westminster Ridge section of the city with his wife, Beth and their two children. Tom received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany and his law degree from the University of Buffalo. He was the first person in his family to earn a four year degree.

Tom 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.

Elected to the Common Council
Tom 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.

Becoming Mayor
In February of 2011, while serving as council president, Tom became acting mayor upon the resignation of his predecessor. He was elected mayor in a special election shortly thereafter and won election to his first full term in office in November 2013 with 76% of the vote.

Accomplishments as Mayor
During his time as Mayor, Tom has worked to maintain strong city services under difficult financial conditions by producing budgets compliant with the state mandated tax cap, maintaining the city’s AA1 credit rating, and improving its financial outlook to one that is stable. He has pioneered the use of new communications technologies in an effort to keep residents informed, particularly during severe weather events. In two years he has pushed through the project to finally cap the city’s landfill, which closed more than 30 years ago. He has spearheaded important environmental initiatives including bike lanes, Zip Cars, and electric vehicle charging stations.

Under his leadership, the city completed a complex transaction to take control of the dilapidated, privately-held garage on Waller Avenue and replace it with a state of the art city-owned garage which will provide needed parking and an economic boost to the city.

Tom’s long-term vision for the city is to continually enhance the downtown environment for businesses and residents while at the same time maintaining the strong neighborhoods that have long characterized White Plains.

Tom has been appointed to the Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force, is second vice president of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, serves on the Executive Committee of the New York Conference of Mayors, and is active with Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

About the Mayor

Tom enjoys spending time with his family, reading and running. He has a personal best in the NY Marathon of 2:47:47.