I have heard several people suggest that the Larchmont tax exemption request is no big deal because it amounts to “only” $38,000 each year. To them I ask, do you want to give $38,000 every year to Larchmont? How about Rye, or Scarsdale, or Pelham? And if so, why?
It is a trick to compare the $38,000 against a budget of $230 million in order to “prove” that is such a small number as to not matter at all. But it matters enormously.
Every year many New Rochelle residents go to City Hall to contest their property taxes, arguing that their homes are overvalued. And in many cases, their assessments are lowered and they owe New Rochelle less in taxes. But that does not mean that New Rochelle receives less tax revenue. It means the tax burden is then reapportioned among the other residents.Read more
County Executive Rob Astorino Addresses the New Rochelle Republican City Committee
Westchester still has the highest taxes in the Country despite efforts by County Executive Rob Astorino to pare down the budget. Astorino said he along with Republicans on the County Board of Legislators were doing their part to hold the line and keep costs down. But because of mandated Medicare and pension costs, savings had to be sought elsewhere in the budget. An "overly aggressive Federal Government," he said, has been pushing for a housing settlement by trying to get the County to change the zoning. The Federal government is also trying to force landlords to accept Section 8 housing. He also spoke of the recent court decision on this housing and cited Nan Hayworth as the only elected official helping the County.
An interesting question by John D'Alois was posed. He asked how the County came to withdraw from ICLEI. Astorino answered that after his appearance on the Sean Hannity show he was flooded with emails about the central planning and zoning by the UN. The money funding for ICLEI was stopped.
Just received my County tax bill. The change from last year for the County Sewer tax, New Rochelle district, rose an incredible 21.4757 percent !!!.I do not recall reading or hearing about this. Maybe I missed the notification to the public. But, if I did, where is the outrage? If this doesn't rise to a prominent position in our local media, what does?
Can anyone enlighten me on this? I read the local Journal News every day and I cannot recall a story on this.
If this is true, and I cannot believe that my tax bill is in that much of an error, where is the justification for this astronomical raise in the sewer tax. We just go along and pay our taxes without so much as a peep. Were the sewers repaired in New Rochelle in the last year? Is this tax for maintenance? What is this sewer tax for and what does it do? What occurred in ths last year to warrant this kind of rise in the tax?Read more
Cameroon debt forgiven, Churches for a dollar, City Yards to be moved at great expense, sweetheart deals for developers and colleges, what else is next? We have a city management system with no accountability that can only accomplish thing with deals and give-a -ways. New Rochelle City Management is nickel and diming the citizens to a point where hard working families can’t afford to live in New Rochelle where they were born and raised any longer. Residents are forced to make some hard choices while management makes one bad decision after another. That is not what they are paid for and paid very well for I might say. They receive great salaries and benefits while working and in their retirement. The citizens will be paying for poor performances for a life time. It is time for a reality check.Read more
It’s April, Federal taxes are hopefully done and now it is time to drop off or mail the April tax bill for the New Rochelle Tax Collector, more money going out without seeing any noticeable return. Every time I write out the check, I want to cry. It is just a painful reminder of what poor shape New Rochelle is in. Over taxed, over staffed except for police and fire and just very poorly managed. We cannot continue to do things here the same way. Someone needs to step up to the plate and lead and clean the slate and start with a fresh mind and fresh ideas on how to correct all the wrongs of the past and present. This is not Charles Dickens; there are no ghosts of governments past to send a message to The City Council and Mayor. They had their own demons to deal with back then. The massage needs to come from the living breathing citizens of New Rochelle before it is too late!Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education will meet tonight at the Barnard School to hear a presentation on goals and objectives for the 2011-12 school year from Barnard Principal Patricia Lambert.
Board Of Education Committee Of The Whole Session And Regular Meeting
Tuesday Evening April 3, 2012
Henry Barnard School, Auditorium
129 Barnard Road, New Rochelle, New York
Seeing Is Believing – See For Yourself
7:00 P.M. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SESSION
I. Board of Education Announcements
II. Superintendent's Report
A. Barnard Student Presentation: A Journey Through Pre-K with Mrs. Pizzuti and Ms. Morales
B. 2011-2012 Goals & Objectives: Patricia Lambert, Principal, Henry Barnard School
C. College Night – April 4, 2012
D. 2012-2013 Budget Adoption
III. Review of Additional Draft Resolutions
IV. Board/Community Informal Discussion
8:00 P.M. REGULAR MEETING
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS RELATED TO THIS MEETING CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW:
http://bit.ly/H9w5NI - 2011-2012 Goals for Henry Barnard School
http://bit.ly/GRnYT9 - Draft Resolutions
Listening to the new Councilwoman of New Rochelle speak about the city's DPW yard has shed some light on the urgency (can we use the word "perception" here) to move the city yard. It was a brief interview with Bob Marrone on WVOX where Ms Rackman cordially spoke of things in her district and offered her thoughts on the decision that would saddle the city with millions of dollars of debt at a time when we can hardly afford it. Not that we can't afford it this year alone, we won't be able to afford it for many years to come.Read more
As the nation-wide pushback against the often cloaked Agenda 21 Policies mount, could Mayor Bramson's pet project be derailed as the truth behind the curtain becomes revealed? You've read the stories on this site about the manipulation and co-opting to lead people to believe they've invented the green movement. The insertion of outside forces to determine what's best for New Rochelle rather than planning from within. The mayor making assertions that anyone that doesn't go along with "his" idea" is of the conspiracy theory, black helicopter crowd. Well, it must be something in the water. We've shown how other communities, after seeing the light, have decided to cut ties with Agenda 21 manipulations after the true costs have come to light. If you were lucky enough to see the New Rochelle process in action, then perhaps this sounds familiarRead more