Bramson & Strome must be so happy that they were able to “BUY” the votes from City Council members that granted Cappelli its 13th unprecedented amendment on the LeCount Square Project. That’s the biggest Christmas Gift a City could give a developer, 13 amendments!
How much did Cappelli pay Bamson, Strome and the other Mindless, Greedy City Council members to pass this 13th amendment? New Rochelle residents know that city officials are on the take. How else could this amendment have passed?
All New Rochelle Residents should be outraged and disgusted with ALL the Mass Corruption of City Officials. It seems that our city officials are so out of touch with reality that they are causing more harm to our City, that at its current rate, it will take years to recover.
Since 1991, New Rochelle has been in a downward deterioration. Idoni’s failures and Bramson’s lack of experience have been a detrimental factor. Together they have destroyed New Rochelle’s business development while raising taxes to an all time high. Take a good look at Main Street. All there is are nail salons, dime stores and fruit markets.
New Rochelle residents pay the highest tax per service ratio, and now they are cutting services even more! When was the last time anyone’s seen a street sweeper in their neighborhood, especially in the South End?Read more
The recent 6 New Rochelle Firefighters that have been laid off due to irresponsible managing of city funds has put our city and our family's at risk for death and or injury. Why couldnt the city council look into letting go DPW ? POLICE ? But the city decides to make a decision based on what ? They have let go some of the bravest men who put there lifes on the line to protect our wonderful city day in and day out. How about letting go people within the city hall area. Let go of parks and recs not jobs that protect us. Im not certain dont quote meon this but since this new mayor came in he has messed up since day 1. Tha previous mayor didnt want to let go of new rochelle firefighters. This is a really big issue that pisses me off that the city council of new rochelle makes the mistake with mis-managing money then decides to take it out on the fire department. I think there should be a investigation into the people who run our city because they are not doing a good job at all. I will be planning on protesting and also writing the state government to let them know this issue new rochelle has. I hope and pray that the firefighters laid off get there jobs back. I want people to stand up for the city of NEW ROCHELLE and voice there word to the media. One last thing before i go. IF the city has money problems in this poor economical time.Read more
UPDATE: New Rochelle City Council granted Louis Cappelli a 13th amendment on the LeCount Square project (see below)
ON his latest “In the City” radio show on WVOX, City Manager Chuck Strome was reviewing the current budget and discussing the tax increase. Strome stated that a few years ago a $100,000 income was the upper class benchmark for New Rochelle residents, whereas, today it is the average necessary to reside here. Strome further stated that the median income in New Rochelle is $85,000. I called in to challenge his numbers because the New Rochelle website identifies the median household income as $55,513. Strome’s response to my challenge was that he stood corrected and that the website was more accurate then his estimation.Read more
The New York Post (12/16/09) told how Mayor Bloomberg at the Climate Change Copenhagen Summit admitted that a survey of the air quality in some of New York City's neighborhoods showed that several of them are very polluted. Surprisingly, some of the wealthier areas of the city had more air pollution than Tottenville or Canarsie. Midtown, University Heights and Greenwich Village were among the most highly air-polluted areas. Causes of the pollution were listed as the combination of many high-rise buildings which burn heavy oil and the air pollutants from the high number of vehicles on the streets.
Westchester's air has not met federal standards for ozone and particulate matter. In New Rochelle recently constructed tall buildings and increased traffic in the downtown area are evident. Both create the potential for health problems for residents. Several weeks ago the New Rochelle City Council was presented with a proposal for a small EPA grant. Two areas were required to obtain the grant, so the Clean Air Act and air pollution and toxic substances were suggested. This grant could be used to make residents aware of the dangers of air pollution. Apparently the City is hesitant to apply for the grant because it was so competitive.Read more
I just want to take a minute to thank the
Department of Public Works for the great job they did on getting our streets ready for Monday's commute.
I think it's about time we pointed out some of the good things that go on in this city instead of all the negative things that are said about our city. (although most of them are very insightful and right on the money)I think we should point out some of the good work that goes on here in New Rochelle.
Rember to thank A DPW worker the next time you see them.
Remember everyone likes a pat on the back once in a while.
In a few months , we'll be hearing from our old friends at the board of ed as they pass the hat to squeeze us dry . Are you doing any better this year than last ? Does the raise the district gave themselves have any context now ? Did Martian Daly do the right thing for the taxpayers or for his own ? They vote for their own raises behind locked doors and the city council is laying off firemen and cops . Patterson is pulling more money out of the schools . Costs (including the full year kindergarten) have gone up and Quinn can't turn the lights off fast enough to offset the increases . The district want's to hire lawyers to "review" YOUR tax certioaries , yet they won't hire a financial analyst to evaluate the impacts of the economic climate they exist in . Will Organisciak choke on his own lies , will Quinn ever feel remorse for the mistreatment of the public trust , will Martian Daly be exposed for the true damage he does to our city (it's not his city - he could care less) , will Polow return to lucidity , will Jeff Hastie grow a backbone ? It could happen , right? Merry Christmas !Read more
Another contributor previously wrote about campaign contributions. They provided a link to the state campaign lists . It makes for interesting reading . You can see why there wasn't any action on Procopio , the procopio family consistently donates to the campaign of the mayor . I couldn't find Capelli or Apicella but I'm sure there's a link somewhere . Most disturbing is the $5,000 rom Forest Citys Ratner family for the mayorial campaign . A family from Cleveland decides to support a mayorial candidate only to later come before the mayor as a developer . Remember , the city had to pick Forest City from a list of 6 developers who submitted concepts . So , long before the selection process began , the Forest City group was positioning themselves with pre selection discussions with Noam Bramson . Why else would a family from Cleveland find it in their hearts to support New Rochelle ? The whole thing stinks backroom dealings.
Got a better explanation ? Let's hear it.
Follow the money .Read more
The Fire Department of New Rochelle fell victim to City Hall’s massive blow in the form of Layoffs. The Fire Department of New Rochelle had to layoff six (6) firefighters, the equivalent to one fire house. City Manager Chuck Strome, Mayer Bramson and the majority of City Council all agreed to SACRAFICE THE SAFETY OF NEW ROCHELLE RESIDENTS by moving forward with this layoff, while they themselves sit pretty collecting full time salaries for part time work. Last week Bramson and the majority of City Council members voted yes to raise property taxes and reduce city services personnel.
This amazes me how they can justify raising property taxes over 5% and cut services at the same time. They never even took into consideration cutting their salaries, which none of them deserve. Bramson earns over $86,000 as our PART-TIME mayor and our PART-TIME city council members earn over $35,000. These amounts are only salary. They also spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money on unnecessary expenses such as travel, dinning, official vehicles, fuel, etc…Read more