This is to let everyone know that The City Government of New Rochelle ordered and received four brand new Plow/Salt trucks. Don’t get me wrong, these vehicles are beautiful. One was actually on display at the FireFighter’s Car & Bike Show that was held at Glen Island on Sunday, October 19th.
There are a few problems with this purchase:
1. Each truck cost was $180,000 for a total of $720,000.
2. These trucks can only be used on main roads. The trucks are huge.
3. The DPW only has 2 people on staff that are truly qualified to navigate these monsters, so why did they purchase four of them?
Who gave the “Okay” to purchase such equipment?
Why wasn’t any though put behind this purchase? It would have been more cost effective to purchase 6 new smaller snow/salt trucks that would be able to fit on all of our City’s roads.Read more
About two weeks ago City Officials put into play a Hiring Freeze. Not that it is illegal to do so but at the same time, there are people who have taken tests for a city position and whose names are on a list.
One would think that the logical and ethical thing to do is to extend the list expiration the same amount of time that the hiring freeze is in effect. But then again, we are talking about New Rochelle City Officials.
I would like for everyone out there whose name is currently on a list to call up Beverly Silverman @ (914) 654-2172, and leave her a message is she doesn’t pick-up. Inform her how unfair it is to let lists continue to count-down to expiration while a hiring freeze is in play.Read more
Sycamore Park was once a park to be proud of for its nearby residence, but that has changed. Today, Sycamore Park is a disgrace. The basketball court that once stood is long gone. The swings, slides, park benches, and signs are covered with gang and vulgar graffiti. It has become a park where children no longer play. Instead, petty Mexican gang members can be seen entering the park from its Kings Hwy entrance, to conduct drug deals near the playground equipment. One only has to visit the Sycamore Park to verify that all I say is true. The Mayor's Office doesn't want to do anything to clean it up, the City Manager's Office also turns it back to it and The Department of Parks and Recreation make it seam like the park doesn't even exist. This is just another example of how City Hall pays attention only to the North End and Screws the South End. And where is Lou Trangucci?Read more
Through the District 6 Council of Neighborhood Associations, I meet quarterly with representatives of the neighborhood associations within the District. I would like to exchange ideas with representatives of the entire District at these meetings. However, there appear to be areas which do not have neighborhood associations and are not represented If you would like to participate, and your neighborhood is not among those listed below, please let me know. If you would like to form a neighborhood association, please contact Richard Sosis, President of the District 6 Council, at 632-5151Read more
We all know that speeding on local streets adversely affects the quality of life in our neighborhoods. In 2007, the first year of the competition for the City’s new traffic-calming program, one of our District 6 neighborhoods was selected as the first of two neighborhoods in our City to participate. It is the area sometimes called Huguenot Lake, which is located “behind” New Rochelle High School, and includes Clove Road, Parcot, Otsego and Flandreau Avenues, and Argyll Avenue. The neighborhood’s application to participate ranked highest on the application criteria evaluated by our independent traffic consultants. By the time of this writing, the consultant has met with neighborhood representatives, designed proposed modifications to the streets, met with a large group of neighborhood residents to review the proposal, and prepared further proposed changes based on the neighbors’ responses.Read more
The owner of the Wykagyl Shopping Center has applied to the Planning Board for approval of an addition to the Center. The proposal would expand the building behind the Houlihan Lawrence office and Big Top and add a second story in that area. The Zoning Code permits an expansion to the size and height of the building, provided the property owner satisfies numerous requirements, including adequate parking, prescribed setbacks from adjacent properties and roads, emergency access, loading docks, mitigation for adverse traffic impacts, and architectural compatibility (based upon the analysis of the Professional Architectural Review Committee). The Planning Board has jurisdiction over the application to require modification to comply with requirements and/or approve subject to conditions necessary to reduce impacts, or reject the plan. While as a Council Member I have no role in the Planning Board’s determination, I am concerned about the impacts of the proposal.Read more
You may not have known it was there, but the heavy construction equipment at Pinebrook Boulevard just north of the Quaker Ridge Road overpass indicates the location of Dickerman’s Pond. (Dickerman was the owner of the farm later sold to theWard family who renamed it Hillanddale Farm.) The project now under way consists of removing invasive weeds and silt from the Sheldrake River and the pond area, planting grasses and other natural water-friendly plants, and improving water quality and flow. A forebay will be constructed to trap debris and to be accessible for regular cleaning. Funded by the County, the result will be an visually and environmentally improved natural-looking pond area.Read more
Rising tax bills are a major concern to all of us. Each of us as homeowners may take advantage of the Small Claims Assessment Review program to have our own property assessments reduced. Since our taxes are calculated based on the tax rate per $1,000 of our assessment, if your property is assessed at an amount which does not reflect its accurate current market value, the Board of Assessment Review can reduce your assessment. I urge all taxpayers in District 6 to consider whether they should apply for a reduction in assessment this year. Take a look at your most recent tax bill and note the full market value shown. This has been calculated based on the residential assessment ratio and your home’s assessment. If it seems too high, you may ask the City’s Assessor’s office at 654-2054 or www.orps.state.ny.us for the application forms, or contact a local real estate broker who will represent you at a fee which is usually a percentage of your first year’s tax savings.Read more