Senator Oppenheimer Nets Minus 10 on 100-point Unshackle Upstate Rating
RYE – Against the backdrop of several abandoned storefronts in the City of Rye, State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District), joined by Mayor Doug French, today called for a change in New York’s policies toward small businesses and taxpayers, and expressed disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer’s abysmal record on jobs and the economy.
“Even in the midst of a recession, with many of our inner-cities in a death spiral, career politicians in Albany like Senator Oppenheimer persist with their hostile attitude toward small businesses and taxpayers,” said Cohen. “Employers know that policies from Albany can affect their bottom-line as much as any competitor, maybe even more so, and they’re moving on to places with a friendlier business climate. Some, as you can see from our surroundings, have given up altogether.”
“As the cost of government continues to rise, small business owners and taxpayers are being taxed out of the state, and it’s not happening just in Buffalo, Syracuse and Schenectady; it’s happening right here in Rye,” said Douglas French, mayor of the City of Rye. “Albany needs new ideas from new people who understand how difficult it is to create jobs in such a harsh business climate.”Read more
Final State Budget Plan Includes Billions in Tax Increases and School Aid Cuts – Still No Cap on Local Property Taxes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today expressed deep disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer and her Democratic colleagues in the Legislature for adopting a late budget that includes $4 billion in new taxes while cutting $1.4 billion in state aid to schools.
“Somehow Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Legislature have contrived a spending scheme that includes increases in taxes and overall spending, but reduces state aid to schools,” said Cohen. “Even in the midst of a financial crisis they cannot get their priorities straight.”
The final budget eliminates tax credits for business, suspends the sales tax exemption on clothing, and allows state and local governments to borrow from the state pension fund to make required contributions to the same fund – resulting in a hidden $1,300 tax on homeowners outside New York City. Missing in the final plan is the reinstatement of $1.4 billion in state school aid previously cut and a cap on out-of-control local school property taxes.Read more
In the past two weeks, two vehicles which were parked on Ronalds Lane in the Sycamore Park area of New Rochelle, have been vandalized for the mere reason of parking on Ronalds Lane. Residence / home owners of Ronalds Lane think that they own the portion of the road in front of there homes and that no one else is allowed to park there. Ronalds Lane is a public street where any one can park their non-commercial vehicle.
There are a number of resident home owners that park “spot holder” vehicles in front of their homes and these vehicles become permanent road fixtures. These home owners park these “spot holders” for week and months without moving them so that other people cannot park their vehicles in front of their homes. This “spot holder tactic is illegal. These same home owners have driveways which they keep empty.
This writer knows that these crimes are being committed by resident home owners of Ronalds Lane, and that these home owners are gutless, selfish, socially challenged, inept, jealous, loathing individuals.
These crimes have been reported to the New Rochelle Police for investigation. If there are any others who have had their vehicles vandalized while parked on Ronalds Lane, report the act to New Rochelle Police Department. These resident home owners must be punished!!!Read more
Taxpayers Paid an Extra $230 for Senator to Drive to Albany and ‘Work’ for 12 Minutes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today blamed Senator Oppenheimer and her colleagues in the Senate leadership for the lack of a single accomplishment in the special session called by the Governor this week. Because of a parliamentary procedure that allows the Democratic majority to gavel into session and immediately gavel out without taking up a single bill, Senator Oppenheimer took a futile, all expenses paid trip to Albany courtesy of taxpayers.
“There is a lot of unfinished business that could have been taken care of – not the least of which being a property tax cap,” said Cohen. “But Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Democratic leadership chose to block the Governor’s agenda, take no actions of their own, and enjoy a free trip to Albany at taxpayer expense.”
Cohen noted that in addition to the property tax cap, there were several other important bills on the Governor’s agenda, including an extension of the Power for Jobs program and a proposed budget contingency plan should the state not receive $1 billion in federal Medicaid (FMAP) assistance.Read more
Candidate: With Westchester Households Paying the Highest Property Taxes in the Nation Senator Should Be Leading the Charge
WHITE PLAINS – Citing the growing momentum for a cap on local property taxes, state Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to put aside her covenants with the Working Families Party and other special interests opposed to the cap, and lead an effort to enact the plan during Wednesday’s special session.
“For many Westchester families this could be the first tangible, positive development from Albany in many years,” said Cohen. “We’ve reached a crisis situation here. The growth rate of property taxes is unsustainable, especially for the elderly, working families and small businesses. Senator Oppenheimer needs to stop burying her head in the sand and support this legislation.”Read more
Domenic Procopio has been receiving “Special Illegal Privileges” for over a decade. These privileges include property tax breaks, school tax breaks, parking and moving violation breaks, etc… It was discovered that Domenic Procopio was and still is receiving STAR Tax breaks on more then one of his properties. STAR Tax break is ONLY eligible for a person’s primary residence. It was also discovered that Domenic Procopio was also receiving Combat Veteran Tax Breaks on his properties. The funny thing here is that Mr. Precopio NEVER served in any of the Armed Forces of these Great United States. So how was it that he was grated such a break? If you ask Mayor Noam Bramson, he’ll tell you it was a clerical error. BULL!!!. There is no way this was an error. This was a deliberate illegal favor given to Domenic Procopio by Tim Idoni, the current County Clerk and carried out by City Manager Chuck Strome and current Mayor Noam Bramson. The issue here is why hasn’t Domenic Procopio been relinquished of his title? I’ll tell you why. Political connections run deep. The corruption in New Rochelle City Hall is so bad that sitting elected officials are afraid to do anything in fear of all the scandals and corruption being uncovered.Read more
New Rochelle's own Norman Rockwell paints a telling image.
"When those in power seek to intimidate opponents, it is essential that the rest of us stand up and shout no, you can’t do this. Speaking truth to power is essential if we are to preserve our liberties."(Ed Koch in an article from the World Tribune)
If you had the opportunity to hear the latest interview with Bob Marrone and New Rochelle Councilwoman Marianne Sussman, would it surprise you to hear a city official blame, chastise, or otherwise condemn the affable host for allowing people to call into the show and express their opinion? From my own experience, Bob has ALWAYS afforded the utmost in courtesy, openness and freedom towards the councilwoman in allowing her views to be shared with the public. A completely open platform for her own agenda.Read more
Governor Expected to Sign Legislation Which Combats Sprawl and Promotes Environmentally Sound Infrastructure Development
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce passage of her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B), which will combat modern development practices that have contributed to urban and suburban sprawl. The legislation passed both houses of the legislature last week and will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
“My bill establishes state smart growth public infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these criteria in making decisions regarding new projects,” noted Senator Oppenheimer. “It ensures that publicly funded construction projects use, maintain or improve existing infrastructure and protect natural resources. New construction projects will also have to adhere to smart growth principles.”
The legislation requires relevant state agencies to establish smart growth advisory committees that would consult with residents, environmental groups and other stakeholders before approving state infrastructure projects.Read more