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
You are invited to join us for a fundraiser event - buffet dnner - for Louis Trangucci, Councilman, District # 1.
Thursday November 5, 2009 6:00 PM - 9:00Read more
Mayor Bramson and his fellow Democratic council members, deliberately and arrogantly excluded the Republican councilmen from an open discussion to appoint a new city clerk. The Democrats met privately, possibly in violation of the open meetings law, chose a candidate, and presented a take-it-or-leave-it candidate to the Republican council members. The fact that the Republicans were intentionally denied an opportunity to participate was in direct contradiction to Bramson’s inaugural pledge of bipartisanship and transparent government. Bramson deals from a position of power when in the majority, yet flounders when he is solely accountable. I refer to the pending city judge appointment. Anticipating Judge Sherr’s retirement, Bramson has assembled a committee with minimal opposition party representation to make a recommendation and to avoid criticism. He has neither the courage nor the political savoir-faire to make crucial decisions based on merit without a safeguard. This is very evident in his failure to conduct his bi-weekly radio show without a co-host. Isn’t it time for Bramson to see if he can cut it on his own.Read more
In a late breaking news report , the top dog of Forest City , Bruce Ratner , has decided to sell a majority share of his beloved Nets basketball franchise to Mikhail Prokhorov . Thrown in with the deal is a stake in the troubled Brooklyn Yards fiasco that has Ratner against the ropes , scrambling to make a deadline before his option of using tax exempt state bonds expires . Forest City recently issued about 3oo million dollars in new stocks to raise capital. Apparently it wasn't enough , forcing Ratner to give up his controlling share of the Nets in what some would say is a measure motivated by desperation.
Could this be the begining of the end for Ratner ? Who knows, but if you follow the constant restructuring and selling off of assets and curtailing of projects , one has to wonder .Read more
If anyone had the chance to hear Mr. Fertel with Bob Marone on Monday, you would have had quite a laugh. It appears he's losing it in the same fashion as his sidekick Noam is. How can anyone really take this guy seriously when he starts jumping up and down and whining about the people raising the issues about the failed policies of the city council? Except for bike paths and bike racks he hasn't done much of any substance to actually help the city overall (unless, of course, your one of his personal friends) As my councilman, he was an embarrassment with his misrepresentation of what's really going on, and at the city level, it was a disservice to the citizens who choose to take part in the direction of the city. Tell me Barry, who was on council when the latest PILOT or abatement was agreed on? Tell me Barry , should we really turn a blind eye to past failed policies and continue the irresponsible ,backroom, self serving , "hope I can get a bigger one than Tim Idoni did" kind of progress that takes 50 years to benefit anyone other than the developers, if at all ? You are WRONG Barry on so many levels (except the “I have to save my own ass” level). Looking back IS CRITICAL to moving forward, if only to do it more efficiently, let alone properly.Read more