Prior to becoming Mayor in February of 2011, Mayor Tom Roach served on the Common Council for 10 years. An ardent environmentalist, Mayor Roach has spearheaded important environmental and sustainability initiatives including banning the dirtiest heating oils, creating the first dedicated bike lanes (including the first protected bike lane) in the county, and establishing a network of electric vehicle charging stations in municipally owned parking structures. Under his leadership, the project to finally cap the city’s landfill, which closed more than 30 years ago, was completed and the City of White Plains passed Complete Streets legislation. Also under Mayor Roach, the city has streamlined the residential solar permitting process, and replaced all of its street lights, as well as the lighting in several city-owned garages, with LEDs and initiated a textile recycling program. Mayor Roach has long been interested in utilizing solar energy at the municipal level, and under his direction the city partnered with NYPA on a large-scale community solar project using a portfolio of city-owned sites. Under Mayor Roach, the City of White Plains has been designated a Clean Energy Community since 2017.