The New Rochelle City Council has passed the 2012 City Budget on a 5-2 vote with Republicans Lou Trangucci and Richard St. Paul voting against the budget. The budget contains an operating budget of $108 million with a tax increase of 3.68%, the maximum allowable under the tax cap. The City is also raising the residential refuse fee from $66 per residential unit per year to $223 per unit per year (qualifying senior citizens will continue to pay $30 per unit per year).
In voting against the budget, Trangucci said he could not support what amounts to an effective tax increase of 15.06%
Mayor Noam Bramson became emotional in his remarks before voting, characterizing Trangucci's vote as dishonorable and a retreat from his responsibilities.
Marianne Sussman, at her last meeting as a Council Member after 12 years, called her vote for the budget a sad note on which to leave Council.
In the budget document, City Manager Chuck Strome explained the budget in the context of the tax cap and a dramatic decline in the assessed value of property in New Rochelle.Read more
In the December 8, 2011 issue of the Westchester Guardian
Recently Charles Strome , New Rochelle City Manager, said on WVOX that the City was making money on the Weyman Avenue (Home Depot and Costco) site. With curiosity an inquiry was made to Strome asking for these figures. The answer was that in 2010 the sales tax, property tax and "amortized land sales proceedings" totaled $5.5 million while the debt service was $2.9 million creating a excess of $2.6 million in profits. Since it is well known that Home Depot had been given a certiorari reduction in taxes a few years ago, sales tax figures were requested. Now it was learned that in l998-9 the Weyman Avenue Development generated $4 million, but it was the highest recorded amount through 2010 which was given at $3.2 million. But don't these figures generate more questions than answers?Read more
City Management Guts the Fire Department and Decides to Gamble With Your Safety all to Save Less Than 3 Cents Per Day Per Resident
As we celebrate our 150th The City of New Rochelle slashed its first responder protection on Thursday cutting its minimum on duty firefighting contingent to 24 firefighters, 5 less than 2 years ago. Additionally, one of the department’s three ladder companies (LADDER 12), which conduct search, rescue and recovery operations, is no longer in service.
The city is gambling with the lives of its citizens to save less than 3 cents a day per resident. Will fire victims stuck on the upper floors of a building be able to hold their breath or survive the extra minutes it will take to rescue them, “if we ever get to them?”
New Rochelle’s proposed 2012 city budget calls for the Fire Department to eliminate another 9 firefighter positions on top of the already 16 reduced in the 2 previous years. This action will permanently close Ladder 12. The $770,000 budget saving would amount to less than 3 cents per resident per day or ½ of 1 per cent of the city’s total budget.Read more
New Rochelle Cuts Fire Department Staffing Beginning Thursday To Save Less Than 3 Cents per Day per Resident
The City of New Rochelle will slash its emergency responder protections this Thursday, November 17), cutting its minimum on duty firefighting contingent to 24 firefighters. Additionally one of the department’s three ladder companies , which conduct search, rescue and recovery operations and venting heat, will be taken out of service.
Closing Ladder-12, which is based at the Webster Avenue firehouse, a highly populated downtown neighborhood will diminish by one-third the number of ladder companies able to respond to emergencies. Ladder companies are especially important in a city like New Rochelle which has scores of multi-story and high rise buildings.Read more
The City of New Rochelle passed on November 8, 2011. Since 1992, New Rochelle had fell ill. Political leaders have slowly bled the life from this once great City. Major thoroughfares, once lined with prosperous businesses now sit desolate. A once great school system now plagued with substandard administrators and inadequate educators. Respected City officials have been replaced with the most corrupt, thieving, nepotistic, two-faced politician ever to roam the earth.
On November 8th, New Rochelle voters officially sealed the faith of New Rochelle. Our corrupt mayor Noam Bramson along with the four elected democrat council members now hold a super majority voting power, which means the mayor will pretty much bankroll anything he wants with no interferences from anyone. With a super majority, Bramson can now override the property tax cap that Govenor Cuomo set into place to protect NY State property owners.Read more
I don't care who the opponent is, it is time that the ten dollar word using, über elitist, wanna be dictator, but PART TIME MAYOR be taken down from his perch.
Enough is enough. I can laundry list his accomplishments, or lack there of, but his smug egomaniacal, inefficient brand of local political leadership has to end!
This is why term limits need to be a reality. Not only would they free up the specter of political machine partisan politics, they would foster the development of truely independent, not party controlled candidates on both sides of the aisle.
St Paul might have visible warts, that could call into question elements of his character. But I implore you not to take the allegations at face value. Does a star athlete need to be an upstanding father or husband to produce in his arena? And what about Gnome and his private life? Is it as germane as it appears? Or is his utopian existence merely a facade? I could care less!! What I do care about is advancing this city forward. And hope to do so with a changing of the guard.Read more
According to the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency, we have granted more than $10 million in annual tax breaks to the two Avalon buildings in downtown New Rochelle. Of that amount, almost $8 mil should be going to our schools.
I am told that more than 100 New Rochelle students live in the two Avalon buildings. We spend almost $21,000 per student per year in our city, meaning the annual burden on the school system from these two buildings exceeds $2.1 million. And for that we’re getting less than $70,000 in fees paid from the buildings into the school system.
The Avalon on the Sound deal expires in 2029 while the Avalon on the Sound East deal expires in 2034. We will feel the effects of these bad deals across a generation.
It’s time for some fresh thinking in city government.
"Don't ever get angry at a man for stating the truth." - Dagny TaggartRead more
Recently, my son took the Firefighters Exam for New Rochelle. Although I knew it was a futile effort and a waste of a few bucks, I figured that perhaps moving forward a different climate might be present locally and nationally, and the trend of hiring in the public sector might resurface.
About two weeks ago he received an envelope from Civil Service. Inside we found dates for a scheduled agility exam in November, and information about this phase of the test. Nowhere present was a score. I took it upon myself to call the Civil Service Office. After two days of constant voice mail I was finally connected to Jeanett Medina.
I questioned Ms. Medina to the whereabouts of my son's scores, figuring that this was merely a missed envelope. She told me that she opted to not send scores. Whereas this would "discourage" candidates with low written grades from showing up.Read more