October 2012

New Yorkers for Growth Endorses Four Candidates for State Senate - Including Bob Cohen

October 03, 2012 - 07:24

Contact: Bill O'Reilly, 212-396-9117

New Yorkers for Growth Endorses Four Candidates for State Senate

New York--Oct. 1...New Yorkers for Growth, an organization committed to bringing fiscal responsibility to New York State government, today announced that it has endorsed four candidates for state senate in New York.

Those candidates are:

-George Amedore, candidate for the 46th District in the Capital Region;
-Phil Boyle, candidate for the 4th District in Suffolk County;
-Bob Cohen, candidate for the 37th District in Westchester County; and
-Sean Hanna, candidate for the 55th District in the Rochester region.

Messrs. Amedore, Boyle, and Hanna are sitting Assemblymen. Mr. Cohen is a businessman who narrowly lost to the now-retiring Suzi Oppenheimer in the last election.

New Yorkers for Growth is a fiscal watchdog group that supports candidates who, regardless of party, favor and vote for lower taxes, reduced reliance on debt, and reform of State and local spending. The group is particularly focused on candidates who support mandate relief and reform of the public pension system.

A Call to Arms: New Rochelle Residents Set to March on City Hall on October 10th

October 02, 2012 - 17:24

Propsed Veterans Performing Arts Center

A Statement by New Rochelle Citizens for A Veterans Performing Arts Center

The New Rochelle City Council has held an “unofficial” vote to deny the New Rochelle Veterans an opportunity to put together a development package for the New Rochelle Armory after we, along with the Save Our Armory Committee, spent 10 years working to save the building from destruction. The development rights were awarded instead to friends and donors of New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

We have had enough of the Mayor and his cronies mortgaging our heritage and our future for the benefit of his political career.

The storm is gathering. Join us!

On October 10th we will gather at American Legion Post 8 at 112 North Avenue at 6 p.m. Once gathered we will form up and march, as a group shortly before 7 p.m. We will march up North Avenue to the steps of City Hall. From there we will enter the Council Chambers and educate Council Members on just what CITIZENS TO BE HEARD actually means.

Bring your friends. Bring anything loud -- horns, cowbells, trash can lids.

October 10th. 6 p.m. Come, March. Be Heard. Citizen.

Below are links to the presentation Noam Bramson does not want the city council to see, the Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects:

Who We Are: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (1 of 3)

What We Have Done: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (2 of 3)

Design and Financials for the Armory: Reimagine New Rochelle Armory Presentation by Shop Architects (3 of 3)

Civil Service Watch: New Rochelle Civil Service Meeting Raises Questions Of Document Custody Issues

October 01, 2012 - 21:17

New Rochelle Civil Service Meeting Agenda September 26, 2012

Since it became law the New Rochelle Civil Service Commission has completely ignored the Paulin Amendment to the Open Meeting Law. They are required to post ALL documents discussed or referenced during the open meeting -- they are not even posting the agenda. Civil Service Administrator Jeanett Medina responded during the meeting to a question from Talk of the Sound reporter Robert Cox saying she just got something from the state about open meetings. He pointed out that this law has been in effect since Feb. 2012. In some cases they have not even published that they were having a meeting at all let alone the agenda and related documents.

Former Lobbyist for Bramson Developer "Spills the Beans" for Leniency in Sentencing

October 01, 2012 - 05:42

Richard Lipsky, a former lobbyist for Echo Bay developer Forest City Ratner, received a sentence of three months in federal prison in connection to his political corruption guilty plea. The New York Times is reporting Lipsky's lenient sentence is in consideration of his (Lipsky's) "substantial credit for his cooperation" and, according to a 4 page letter issued from the office of Preet Bharara, U.S.Attorney for the Southern District of New York "substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of numerous other persons".

At the time of his entering a guilty plea in January, Mr Lipsky was facing up to 10 years in jail as a result of a broad investigation that included bribing a politician in return for favors that would benefit his clients. Among those involved were Brooklyn Democratic State Senator Carl Kruger who also plead guilty to corruption. Kruger was sentenced to 7 years in prison earlier this year.