QUESTION:WHY DOES MAYOR BRAMSON WANT ONLY DEMOCRATS ON CITY COUNCIL?
ANSWER: SO HE CAN CIRCUMVENT GOVERNOR CUOMO'S NEW TAX CAP AND RAISE YOUR PROPERTY TAXES BEYOND THE 2% CAP!
The Bramson Campaign is actively campaigning to stack the City Council with only Democrats.
Many voters have been contacted by the Bramson Campaign to blindly vote along Party lines this year without thought.
What the Bramson Campaign is NOT TELLING YOU is that Bramson needs you to elect a supermajority of Democrats to City Council so that they can override Governor Cuomo’s Property Tax Cap, which is protecting you, the property owner, from onerous property tax increases.
On June 30, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation that caps your property taxes at a 2% increase. This tax cap can be overridden by a super-majority vote of council. If the Mayor is successful, he and his disciples will override the property tax-cap in New Rochelle and raise your taxes to support his political agenda.Read more
Recently I posted a blog challenging all TOTS readers, especially the regular contributor, to get behind the issues facing Retrofit regarding what appears to be differential treatment and unanswered support from BID. You can pull it up from the archives.
I wanted to see how many readers or bloggers would get behind an issue which has all the ingredients of being in the mainstream of the issue base of posters. We have a local guy, with a large segment of members from the community, an organization which apparently is being treated differently from major corporations external to New Rochelle such as CVS and Planet Fitness. In fact, the manager is a poster as I understand it, on TOTS.
I wanted to see if criticism of the Administration, with or without merit, would extend to postive assertive action in favor of some organization who contributes to our tax base, who supports a number of small businesses in the vicinity of the health club.Read more
I just returned from Retrofit and talked to Mario the manager. I have been a member of Retrofit since it opened and I am one of close to 4,000 members, many of them from New Rochelle. Retrofit is a local gym, with state of the art equipment, excellent leadership and attractive rates. It is also suffering from what appears to be a lack of love and support from the City and this is not the first time a New Rochelle business downtown, owned, operated or patronized by New Rochelle residents has suffered from excessive red tape, seemingly unequal treatment, lack of direct assistance, and hands-on support. I remember the Speckled Door on Main Street, owned by a couple of second, perhaps third generation New Rochellans that experienced almost daily visits from Administration members on signage, licensing, other matters which demonstrate a sheer lack of common sense and civic support. Of course, I only can go on the language from the owners and "street reports", but I have no reason to doubt it. I have seen other examples of excessive ticketing of coffee shops, pizza parlors etc. when clientele stopped in for minutes to get a take out product. Pretty soon, no business.Read more
New York Times features Bridge Records, a local record company featuring classical music:
WHEN David Starobin led a visitor recently through the headquarters of Bridge Records, a maze of rooms split between two office buildings here, he had to admit that utility trumped ornamentation in the décor. Though the complex included a sparsely appointed art department, a similarly spare editing suite, a business office and a room for Mr. Starobin packed with scores and discs, the common decorative touch seemed to be floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with 25-count CD cartons, each bearing a Bridge catalog number and abbreviated title. [read more]
Bridge Records offices are located somewhere in New Rochelle.Read more
We'd like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support. We are all New Rochelle born and raised and this venture has been a labor of love. We are open tonight and hope to see you all there. Thanks againRead more
I am sitting down having lunch with my daughter when a squad car from the New Rochelle Police Department pulls up in the front of the café. I am thinking they are coming in to have some coffee. But they just sit there for 15 minutes.
Suddenly, the driver comes in the café and issues a ticket to the clerk for having chairs and table outside without a city permit.
The clerk gets the owner John Reverol on the phone to talk with the cop. Of course, I cannot hear the conversation but one thing was clear. My friend John asked for a warning, not a ticket. The officer responded: “Sorry, the chief does not allow us to give warnings.”
I am a little bit jealous of the Avalon Chrystie Place in Manhattan. They have a Whole Foods. Our Avalon on the Sound proposed to place a Whole Foods supermarket in their building too, but it did not happen.
Could an upscale, wholesome supermarket be drawn to locate in Downtown New Rochelle?
Attracting a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or any similar supermarket to an urban area is not an easy prospect. These companies consider walking traffic, demographics and a host of other criteria. With the Avalon buildings, the Trump building, and various smaller apartments and condos there is an excellent market for a more urbane gourmet supermarket.
Trader Joe’s is an excellent prospect for downtown New Rochelle. It has plenty of products that fit into the lifestyle of the urban commuter. I especially enjoy the prepared meals for two with a diverse selection of Indian, Thai, Mexican, and Italian foods. You can’t beat pad thai for $1.99!
So I called the corporate office of Trader Joe’s in California. Why not? Let’s find out if they would be remotely interested in putting a store downtown New Rochelle.Read more