This is Part II in a 7-part series "All About ICLEI"
Our series began by providing video and text of the Mayor's Announcement that New Rochelle was one of three cities selected to participate in an ICLEI initiative. This got us wondering who is ICLEI, what the Mayor hopes to accomplish specifically and what alternatives to an ICLEI partnership exist for New Rochelle.
Our goal in this series is to drill down on this statement and understand the organizations and terms behind it. When we find a new term or organization in a description of a preceding term or organization we will seek to explain that term or organization and continue to drill down until each term and organization is explaine
We began with the Mayor's announcement...
What is the ICLEI initiative Mayor Bramson is talking about in his speech?Read more
This is Part I in a 7-part series "All About ICLEI"
In March 2009, Mayor Bramson announced that New Rochelle would participate in a pilot program with ICLEI.
Earlier this year, the premier international umbrella organization for sustainable communities, called ICLEI, announced an exciting initiative: a handful of cities throughout the nation would be selected through a competitive process to work with ICLEI staff to craft local versions of New York City’s PlaNYC.Read more
City Hall for City Hall, and NOT the People…
Noam “The Cheat” Bramson and Charles “The Crook” Strome, have no clue on how to run a lawn mower let alone a City such as New Rochelle.
Here are a few facts the good people of New Rochelle may not know:Read more
NOTE: Talk of the Sound asked Jeff Coleman of DPW for clarification this morning. No reply yet.
In the late morning some residents of New Rochelle received a recorded message for the Deputy City Manger of New Rochelle stating that there was a water main break in the City that was causing water pressure issues throughout the City and that the issue will be resolved by the evening hours. He also went on to say that the water was safe, this is where the story is. During this water main break, some United Water Official informed someone at the New Rochelle Police Department and City Hall that he water was NOT SAFE to be consumed. If this was the case, why would our Deputy City Manager leave a message on city residents’ phone’s stating that the water was safe for consumption?
This is a very serious communication issue that may have placed many New Rochelle residents at harm, especially young children, the sick and the elderly. Who was this United Water Official and who are the Police Officer and City Official that received this health alert that never was relayed to city residents?Read more
On December 13th, Mayor Noam Bramson will orchestrate a fund-raiser so that he can get elected mayor again next year.
This Mayor has marginalized this community since he was elected; since he was appointed. He is, by all indications, the most corrupt mayor in the history of New Rochelle. He has disenfranchised the working class by empowering developers to displace them at all cost, particularly by lining his pockets with money. He has no interest in moving any closer to uniting the diverse community in New Rochelle; His lip service to diversity issues and carefully created soundbites are beyond annoying, they're lies. His current ride as Mayor is simply a path to higher office. Through his corrupt ways, he will get there at our expense leaving a trail of incomplete projects and a debt that all of us will have to pay for years to come. His dictatorial management style bemoans his public persona of being joyful and medicated. He is a janus personified. So on Dec 13th, instead of sending him a check, send him something else. Pay him a visit at his function. Give him a piece of your mind. Ask him hard questions publicly at the City Council Meetings. Remember your City taxes will be going up by at least 10% - 10% - 10%. Is that ok with you?
The Journal News
November 10, 2009
NEW ROCHELLE — The city manager is calling for freezing 31 vacant jobs, suspending raises, and delaying equipment spending under his $144 million budget proposal for 2010.
Despite cutting $9 million in spending, the city still plans to raise property taxes 8.9 percent. The increase means taxes for the average home, valued at $700,000, would go up $257.
Like other municipalities, the city has less revenue due to a drop in sales and property tax income and also is seeing an increase in pension costs, said City Manager Charles Strome.
The city would save $3 million by keeping 31 positions vacant. Those include nine positions in the Police Department, eight in the Department of Public Works, seven in the Fire Department, four in administration, and three more in Buildings and Parks and Recreation departments.
New Rochelle fire union president Byron Gray worried about the vacancies, which he said actually amounted to nine firefighters. He said fire department staffing has not kept up with new development in the city.
"We have a lot of high-rise buildings and we just need more men on duty," Gray said.
The city also expects to save an additional $1 million by planning for 10 to 12 new vacancies next year that will be left unfilled.Read more