"Never his mind on where he was."
Like Luke demanding that Yoda train him as a Jedi, the Mayor of New Rochelle has been unable to succeed for New Rochelle because his mind is always elsewhere -- on himself, on his resume, on his greater ambition beyond New Rochelle - never his mind on tackling real issues in New Rochelle but creating "solvable" issues for him to "solve", all signifying very little for the people of New Rochelle.
Yoda: All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things…
And where has Noam's mind been?Read more
At last night's City Council meeting, Mayor Noam Bramson was asked about ICLEI, Agenda 21 and the United Nations. In response, the Mayor emphatically declared that "New Rochelle is not associated with the United Nations".
When it comes to ICLEI, Agenda 21 and the United Nations, methinks the Mayor doth protest too much.
Let's start with the obvious. Noam Bramson is a proponent of ICLEI. He has been the guiding hand every step of the way, operating directly or indirectly through fronts like Deborah Newborn, Chuck Strome, David Kooris, the GreeNR Committee and others. Noam speaks and their lips move. He brought ICLEI to New Rochelle over 10 years ago under the guise of signing onto an innocuous sounding position paper on reducing carbon emissions. He submitted a proposal to ICLEI in which he offered up New Rochelle as the "ideal laboratory" for experimentation with ICLEI's environmental planning and policies -- with New Rochelle residents as the guinea pigs. Noam Bramson caused New Rochelle to join ICLEI in 2010 without bothering to put it to a vote of the City Council.
A review of the 12 years show how the Mayor has worked tirelessly to help ICLEI get their nose under the proverbial tent.Read more
As the nation-wide pushback against the often cloaked Agenda 21 Policies mount, could Mayor Bramson's pet project be derailed as the truth behind the curtain becomes revealed? You've read the stories on this site about the manipulation and co-opting to lead people to believe they've invented the green movement. The insertion of outside forces to determine what's best for New Rochelle rather than planning from within. The mayor making assertions that anyone that doesn't go along with "his" idea" is of the conspiracy theory, black helicopter crowd. Well, it must be something in the water. We've shown how other communities, after seeing the light, have decided to cut ties with Agenda 21 manipulations after the true costs have come to light. If you were lucky enough to see the New Rochelle process in action, then perhaps this sounds familiarRead more
The New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium will host the seventh in a series of town hall meetings on February 15th in Mount Vernon, New York to seek public input for a three-year effort to improve jobs, housing, transportation and the environment. The meeting will focus on the needs and priorities of connecting the lower Hudson Valley cities of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle.
The Town Hall will feature Hon. Ernest D. Davis, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Hon. Noam Bramson,
Mayor of New Rochelle, and the Hon. Michael Spano, Mayor of Yonkers (invited) who will speak to issues of land use and transportation in southern Westchester County, along with local and regional planning experts.
The meeting is open to the public.
The meeting also will look at how the consortium is working to expand job and housing opportunities; ways that these southern Westchester County cities – together with a wide range of public, private and local community partners – are participating in this effort; how to obtain preferred status for federal grant applications; and opportunities to get involved in planning for the region.Read more
I was asked to give a presentation on the above topic to the Reform Club tonight about 830 PM at the American Legion Post 8. I believe that this subject matter is little understood in New Rochelle and that GreeNR was passed by CIty Council without educating the public on the far-reaching implications of the City's decision to "partner" with ICLEI. I believe that properly understood, this partnership is the most significant change in New Rochelle since the City was incorporated in 1899.
I will make a slide presentation of about 20 minutes with handouts and then hold a Q&A for about 10 minutes after. I will then stick around for anyone who has additional questions.
Having put a good deal of time into the research for this presentation I am hoping to give it more than once. Towards that end, it is my hope that representatives from various neighborhood associations and civic groups might attend and evaluate the presentation with an eye towards inviting me to make the presentation to other organizations in New Rochelle.
Material for the presentation will be drawn, in part, from the following series in ICLEI:Read more
Christopher B. Leinberger has an excellent Op-Ed in the New York Times today.
While there are politicians in New Rochelle who continue to use the GreeNR plan to push for apartments in the area of the train station, his article shows this is a misguided emphasis. We must invest in transportation improvements first, housing later.
The cities and inner-ring suburbs that will be the foundation of the recovery require significant investment at a time of government retrenchment. Bus and light-rail systems, bike lanes and pedestrian improvements — what traffic engineers dismissively call “alternative transportation” — are vital.
(New York, NY) – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrion today formally presided over the kickoff event for the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities initiative, an unprecedented bi-state collaboration that is the recipient of a $3.5 million HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative Grant. He was joined by representatives from five New York and four Connecticut cities, the Nassau County and Suffolk County Executives, the New York City Planning Commissioner, and the heads of six regional planning organizations, who collectively comprise the consortium.Read more
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, faced for the first time with a media that does not uncritically regurgitate his pronouncements, is striking back with his Share the News initiative designed to combat "misinformation" (by which he means fact-based arguments against his policies). His pretext for the Share the News campaign is that Republicans on City Council have asked irresponsible questions about the GreeNR program like "Why does New Rochelle need to be a member of ICLEI?" and "How much does it cost to be a member of ICLEI?". Pretty soon these same rabble-rousers will be asking "How much does New Rochelle spend each on ICLEI software, analysis, research, consulting and ICLEI-mandate consultants like Deborah Newborn?" No wonder the Mayor is contending that such questions amount to promulgating black helicopter conspiracy theories.
To put the Mayor's mind at ease, let's go back to 2008 when the City of New Rochelle put announced an RFP for a "Sustainability Coordinator" consultant, to be paid $40,000 a year for working 20 hours a week.Read more