In the January 5, 2011 issue of the Westchester Herald
In November of this year the City of New Rochelle will hold an election for City Council members and Mayor. One way of assessing whether the City is going in the right direction is to look back on the events of 2010, especially Council decisions. There are unresolved issues which each resident needs to evaluate when deciding what the future should hold for New Rochelle. Some questions are presented to highlight some of these issues.
1. Will the City of New Rochelle be able to regain its recently lost AA2 bond rating which was attributed to a lower fund balance in the City budget? How will the City find the revenue to increase this fund balance? Will the tax abatements granted by the New Rochelle IDA (Industrial Development Corporation) as Councilman Lou Trangucci has suggested, now come "back to hurt the taxpayers?"Read more
Dec. 23, 2010 -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino today slammed the Democratic-majority of the Board of Legislators for overriding hundreds of budget vetoes, thereby adopting a 2011 budget filled with runaway spending and speculative revenues.
"The Democrats on the board went on a spending spree this month," Astorino said, "Next month the bills will start coming in. The Democrats have decided to put the bill on the taxpayer's credit card. But make no mistake. The bill has to be paid and it can't be paid with phony revenues. This budget by the Democrats is government by gimmicks."
Astorino in November had proposed a spending plan for next year that cut the county levy by 1 percent, protected the county's most needy, continued all essential services and protected the county's three AAA bond ratings.
After the legislators adopted a 2011 operating budget that restored millions of dollars in funding, Astorino used his line-item authority last week to veto $33.5 million in spending . The board Thursday overrode most of Astorino's vetoes, restoring $32 million in spending, over the objections of the board's five Republicans in most every case.Read more
The following is a part of what I was put through by New Rochelle City Clerk Bennie Giles in obtaining what turned out to be 3 pages of records from the Parks & Recreation Department. I believe it provides a good example of why it should be required of anyone working in the City Clerk's office including the Clerk themselves. It is clear that Giles does not understand the Freedom of Information Law. The law is too important to be in the hands of someone who does not understand it so this needs to be fixed. Going forward, the City Council ought to make it a requirement that the City Clerk have a demonstrated understanding of the New York State Freedom of Information Law and the New York State Open Meeting Law.
I first contacted Bennie Giles on June 3, 2010 after visiting Ward Acres Community Garden and noticing there was an ongoing fundraising effort to pay for installing a water system at the location.
from Robert Cox
to "Giles, Bennie"
date Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 12:54 PM
subject Public Records Request - Ward Acres Community Garden
This is a public records request.Read more
Council Member Stowe: Is all this development helping New Rochelle? by Peggy Godfrey In the 12/16/10 issue of the Westchester Guardian
For the second month, the New Rochelle City Council has had lively debate on the proposed development for 17 Locust Avenue.LLC. In October Attorney John Kirkpatrick of Oxman, Tulis, Whyatt and Geiger, LLP presented a proposal for a 13-floor building of up to 107 apartments claiming 300 residents would buy goods and services in this downtown area. Twenty percent of the apartments would be "affordable" for residents in the $30,500 to $47,000 income levels.
At that meeting Councilman Albert Tarantino expressed reservations about the proposal because this is a heavily populated area on a one-way street. Mayor Noam Bramson felt population density in the area was needed and anticipated getting answers to questions raised in the Environmental Assessment From (EAP). Instead, the November Council meeting produced another raft of Council member comments, complaints and suggestions on the project including zoning changes requested, required parking provisions and other concerns.
Mark Simone and Dan Rather were just a few of the big names on hand two weeks ago at Le Cirque in Manhattan to help Bill O’Shaughnessy launch his fourth book VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files.
Talk of the Sound was provided a copy of the remarks courtesy of Mr. O’Shaughnessy.
Introduction/Mark Simone:Read more
The Associated Press is reporting:
The 2010 census report is coming out Tuesday. Experts expect it will show an increased shift from northern states to the south and southwest.
The biggest gainer will be Texas, a GOP-dominated state expected to gain up to four new House seats, for a total of 36. The chief losers - New York and Ohio, each projected by nongovernment analysts to lose two seats - were carried by Obama in 2008 and are typical of states in the Northeast and Midwest that are declining in political influence.
Heh! Rob Astorino is borrowing a line from Jimmy McMillan in an Op-Ed in today's New York Post:
Long-shot gubernatorial candidate Jimmie McMillan became an overnight sensation this fall with his "rent is too damn high" chant. Here's mine. It may not be as catchy, but its truth is unimpeachable: Government spending is too damn high.