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An Invitation to Anarchy

December 22, 2014 - 21:34
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Under the assault of assorted mayors, an incumbent president, a national attorney general, and the usual collection of buffoons, rabble-rousers, racial racketeers and the entire universe of incumbent officeholders and wannabees clutching at the rungs of higher or high office, our municipal police forces have been a model of conservative demeanor and restraint.

Sustainability/GreeNR; Curative; or Kabuki Theater?

May 09, 2012 - 16:21

Green New Rochelle, ICLEI, Agenda 21 etc. are nothing more than local organizing angles torn from the pages of Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals." This is the textbook of New Age societal re-organization for the hordes and multitudes of the disaffected and self-classified 99 percenters poised and ready to inflict a second Great Recession on our nation with a second Obama term of office.

They are ideological crowbars; extraordinary tools for forcing open the ordinary mechanisms of local governance and political reform in our municipality and injecting into them some very serious, long-term revisions and reversals of accustomed democratic practices in our system of representative government.

As a general matter, no one is his or her right mind can be against serious recycling; reductions in packaging and energy utilization, re-use of carbon-based materials like PVC and PET, composting of appropriate materials etc. The point is only that we do not need a "multi-inch" bundle of mundane platitudes and intrusive prescriptions and proscriptions to achieve it.

The Curious Case of Noam Bramson

April 16, 2012 - 17:36

The recent discussion of the propriety of the mayor's reliance on the United Nations, ICLEI and similar "foreign bodies" politic for Green NR and other city laws involves some of the most interesting and perceptive considerations of local government, citizen activism and such as I have ever read in the local press.

The fact is, that in spite of the long-standing existence of a daily newspaper, numerous weeklies and bimonthlies, blog-accommodations of several web portals and radio and TV, I have seen no more perceptive or in-depth analysis of our lives in New Rochelle than INSERT COPY HERE
the post about our mayor by Bob Cox and the commentary that followed it. This is the true value of TOTS - the most sophisticated intellectual forum in town and probably the rest of the county and state.

And Democrats and liberals who ignore it or dismiss it out-of-hand do so to their own detriment (and you know that many of them read it but do not admit of it!).

The Expanding Echo Bay Matrix

March 21, 2012 - 22:15
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My appreciation of the Echo Bay site should in no way be construed as an endorsement of any particular construction of any kind. The point being made was that alternative uses of the space might be considered and should be considered at the right time and under the right circumstances. The present time is not the right time (not yet, at least) because no economic case has been made for it.

If a capable developer offering to turn the area into a commercial or residential "masterpiece" came along, it would still be worth a listen. Unfortunately nothing presented to the city thus far meets this test. All we have is the slowly-diminishing (over a period of years and a multitude of exclusive rights to bargain with the city) by the functionally and ethically suspect Forest City organization.

The Echo Bay Matrix

March 19, 2012 - 03:09
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The entire Echo Bay controversy; from the simple, mundane and purely ministerial upkeep of the New Rochelle Department of Public Works facility, to the future of the Naval Armory, the fate of the Beechwood Avenue site and issues of environmental remediation obligations across the city, is permeated with dubious assumptions. The "URGENT" stamp that our city council has affixed to this matrix is misplaced. It is unfounded and illegitimate. It is manufactured.

That better use of our open spaces, public and private, can be made cannot be doubted. No one could argue that the permanent placement of a public works garage and yard on the Sound Shore is the "highest and best" use of the land. Ask your real estate broker.

Putting Ward Acres to Good Use

March 15, 2012 - 05:13
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I knew that title would get your attention. No, I am not proposing that a nuclear power plant be sited on the north end of town. Only wanted to start a long overdue public discussion on how to make the best use of New Rochelle's wonderful bounty of natural resources, open spaces and unmatched shore access (and some 62 beautiful, fairly wild acres pleasingly situated in the city's northeastern corner while we are at it).

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They are ideological crowbars; extraordinary tools for forcing open the ordinary mechanisms of local governance and political reform in our municipality and injecting into them some very serious, long-term revisions and reversals of accustomed democratic practices in our system of representative government.

As a general matter, no one is his or her right mind can be against serious recycling; reductions in packaging and energy utilization, re-use of carbon-based materials like PVC and PET, composting of appropriate materials etc. The point is only that we do not need a "multi-inch" bundle of mundane platitudes and intrusive prescriptions and proscriptions to achieve it.

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The recent discussion of the propriety of the mayor's reliance on the United Nations, ICLEI and similar "foreign bodies" politic for Green NR and other city laws involves some of the most interesting and perceptive considerations of local government, citizen activism and such as I have ever read in the local press.

The fact is, that in spite of the long-standing existence of a daily newspaper, numerous weeklies and bimonthlies, blog-accommodations of several web portals and radio and TV, I have seen no more perceptive or in-depth analysis of our lives in New Rochelle than INSERT COPY HERE
the post about our mayor by Bob Cox and the commentary that followed it. This is the true value of TOTS - the most sophisticated intellectual forum in town and probably the rest of the county and state.

And Democrats and liberals who ignore it or dismiss it out-of-hand do so to their own detriment (and you know that many of them read it but do not admit of it!).

Read more

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My appreciation of the Echo Bay site should in no way be construed as an endorsement of any particular construction of any kind. The point being made was that alternative uses of the space might be considered and should be considered at the right time and under the right circumstances. The present time is not the right time (not yet, at least) because no economic case has been made for it.

If a capable developer offering to turn the area into a commercial or residential "masterpiece" came along, it would still be worth a listen. Unfortunately nothing presented to the city thus far meets this test. All we have is the slowly-diminishing (over a period of years and a multitude of exclusive rights to bargain with the city) by the functionally and ethically suspect Forest City organization.

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