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.
Greg Varian…..35 Sidney Street.
Good Evening- Mayor – Members of Council
I’m here tonight to speak about Iona’s dorm proposal. When I last spoke to Council on January 12th - before your vote to amend the zoning for this part of North Avenue---Zoning that rejects the possibility of 10 story buildings and encourages mixed use development----retail below----housing/office above, I expressed my dismay that Iona would be proposing a new dormitory on it’s already densely developed CR-1 zoned parcel fronting on North Avenue which contradicts the very height and density restrictions being imposed on every other property owner. I pleaded with you to explore any and all options whereby the needs of Iona and those of our city could be addressed together for the mutual benefit of us all.
Iona’s latest dorm proposal is wrong for so many reasons.Read more
Today Cohen conceded to Oppenheimer after recounts. It must have been very difficult for all. Thank you to those who run for office. The expense and the effort are enormous.
We have this poster in our office at home, that I hope will inspire these candidates to perhaps run again.
He failed in business in '31.
He was defeated for state legislator in '32.
He tried another business in '33. It failed.
His fiancee died in '35.
He had a nervous breakdown in '36.
In '43 he ran for congress and was defeated.
He tried again in '48 and was defeated again.
He tried running for the Senate in '55. He lost. The next year he ran for Vice President and lost. In '59 he ran for the Senate again and was defeated.
Lower bond rating will make it more expensive for the City to raise funds.
The affect of Wall Street has undoubtedly had an affect on Main Street. However, the fiscal woes of New Rochelle are unique to the City itself and are due mainly to negligent decisions made by the previous and current Democratic majority ruling City Councils. The recent downgrading of our Bond rating by Moody’s Investor Services will increase the cost to taxpayer for bonding initiatives, which have become an important part of trying to minimize the city’s tax increases.
The basis for the downgrade has essentially resulted from failed development policies that gave wealthy developers tax abatements, that ultimately led to a policy of raiding the City’s rainy day fund. To date the City’s rainy day funds are less than 1.5% of the City’s total budget or about 1.1 million dollars. In fiscal year 2009 the City’s rainy day fund was 7% of the City’s budget or about 7 million dollars.Read more
New Rochelle's Mayor Noam Bramson on November 22 answered residents' questions about crime, traffic, parking, taxes and overbuilding, especially in the southern part of the City. Citing City policies and City Council decisions, Bramson suggested residents call his office or use his email addresses for any further input. This "informal neighborhood meeting" was held in the offices of Cross Cultural Solutions on Clinton Place, New Rochelle.
Mayor Bramson's presentation to the crowd began with a review of the present local economic challenges, such as people who have lost their jobs, the loss of sales and mortgage tax revenue, and the increased pension costs. He cited ways to confront these economic challenges in the City Budget, including cutting expenses, scaling back the capital budget, a hotel tax, and the aggressive seeking of grants. At this time he said, the "range of options" are shrinking. The soft housing market in his view allows "time to plan", mentioning the Albanese development proposal for the Church-Division and Prospect lots. Transportation and regional planning as well as sustainability, education and other factors also impact the City's plans.Read more
Domenic Procopio, Chairman of the Municipal Service Commission who serves at the pleasure of Mayor Noam Bramson, paid a small fraction of the total amount of back taxes owed on 7 Pinebrook Boulevard due to illegal tax exemptions which he claimed on the property going back to 2002.