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
In response to the inclement weather predictions , the Memorial Service and Candlelight Vigil will be held at the American Legion Hall , Post 8 located at 112 North Avenue , in New Rochelle.
The ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM Additional parking is available, across the street in the Mormon Church parking lot . Please join us .Read more
Yesterday as I drove past Avalon on Memorial Highway there were a lot of fire trucks parked in front on the building. When I checked today I was told it was an elevator alarm that was triggered by high winds.
Winds created by high rise buildings have been brought up at many City Council meetings. One concilman even offered a suggestion to install wind alleviation fixtures on these high rise buildings.But the wind problem in downtown has not been addressed.Read more
Avalon's Tax Abatement Comes Under Scrutiny by Peggy Godfrey (In Westchester Herald, September 7, 2009)
New Rochelle Councilman Lou Trangucci is planning to ask the City Council members at their September 8 meeting to sign a letter requesting that the downtown Avalon apartment buildings voluntarily make tax contributions to the city. He is suggesting a contribution of one million dollars per year for the next four or five years to help the city through the present financial crisis.
Among the items Trangucci enumerated is the $12 million Avalon would pay if full taxes were required. Presently their payment to the city is $650,000, based on their "profit" as projected in the pilot agreement which lasts 30 years with the city.
Layoffs in city service personnel have been threatened for next year and Trangucci's proposed request to Avalon is a way of averting layoffs. Avalon, it should be remembered, will be adversely effected by any layoffs because presently 15-17% of the police, fire and emergency medical services are needed for downtown.
Councilman Lou Trangucci will ask the City Council members at their Committee of the Whole session on September 8 to sign a letter requesting that Avalon voluntarily give one million dollars a year for the next four or five years to help cover theRead more