New Rochelle, New York 07/14/10
A planned proposal for the adaptive re-use of the New Rochelle Armory will be presented to the New Rochelle City Council on Tuesdays, July 20 at 7:00 PM .
Executive members of the Save Our Armory Committee, representing Veterans and local supporters of the beleaguered facility, will offer a development plan that includes, opening up access to the water, community services for youth and seniors, veteran support services and open public space with a focus on successful economic growth and environmental sustainability.
The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 515 North Avenue. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting can also be viewed on Verizon channel 28, Cablevision channel 75 or online, at www.newrochelleny.com.
State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R, I, C - 37th District) yesterday announced that he has signed the Westchester County Association’s (WCA) Call to Action Campaign Pledge and chided Senator Oppenheimer for already breaking the promises she made when she signed.
“I applaud the WCA for their leadership in the fight to reform Albany and am honored to take an active part in their efforts,” said Cohen. “I am committed to the structural reforms the WCA is calling for and will fight to get them enacted as a member of the state Senate. Senator Oppenheimer may have also signed the pledge, but one would never know it from her actions. By voting for a budget that stands contrary to everything the pledge embodies, she has broken the promises she made when she signed on with the program.”
The pledge mirrors many elements of Cohen’s platform, calling on candidates for state Legislature to commit to fundamental reforms necessary to return the state to financial stability and economic competitiveness. Specifically, the pledge asks candidates to commit to the following:
* A balanced budget completed on time and without increased taxes, fees, assessment or borrowing
* Full disclosure of all outside income
* A non-partisan commission to redraw legislative district lines
The New Rochelle Armory website has achieved the new milestone of reaching over 2000 unique visitors. No doubt, the most recent events contributed to the surge of new visitors. The Save Our Armory Committee and its supporters can’t thank you enough for your continued interest. People like YOU, with your vision of what the Armory could be, will keep the politician’s feet to the fire to encourage them to see what is so self-evident to us all. The Armory IS alive, and waiting to continue on its mission of serving the community, just as she’s done since she first opened her doors. With your continued support, we will soon see that vision realized. Thank you again and remember – It’s YOUR Armory!
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New Rochelle's own Norman Rockwell paints a telling image.
"When those in power seek to intimidate opponents, it is essential that the rest of us stand up and shout no, you can’t do this. Speaking truth to power is essential if we are to preserve our liberties."(Ed Koch in an article from the World Tribune)
If you had the opportunity to hear the latest interview with Bob Marrone and New Rochelle Councilwoman Marianne Sussman, would it surprise you to hear a city official blame, chastise, or otherwise condemn the affable host for allowing people to call into the show and express their opinion? From my own experience, Bob has ALWAYS afforded the utmost in courtesy, openness and freedom towards the councilwoman in allowing her views to be shared with the public. A completely open platform for her own agenda.Read more
Mike Scully took the whole hour of his show on Wednesday to step-by-step through the recent controversy over the fate of the New Rochelle Armory in what may well now be Anthony Galletta's last full hour on WVOX. If you are looking for a primer on what all the fuss has been about this week, this 46 minutes audio of Mike's show is about as good as you are going to get.
Click link to listen to WVOX Podcast of Mike Scully Show with guests Bob Cox and Anthony Galletta on the New Rochelle Armory Controversy. You can even download the mp3 file, put it on your iPod and take it with you to the beach this Fourth of July weekend.
0:00 - 7:50 Intro and Initial Discussion
Is the Armory controversy more about disappointment with failed development in New Rochelle? What are the costs of saving the Armory?
7:50 - 11:10 Caller: Rosemarie
Armory should be a "place of interest" in New Rochelle, hate to see Armory torn down, suggests Capelli should get involved.
Not a Republican v. Democrat issue.
11:10 - 13:50 Vision for Armory
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NOTE: I have included the full text below for search engine purposes.
Hon. Jeffrey Klein
Capitol Building Room 427
Albany, NY 12247
Via FAX: 518·426-6887
Hon. Suzl Oppenheimer
Legislative Office Building. Room 806
Albany, NY 12247
Via FAX: 518-426·6860
Hon. Amy Paulin
Legislative Office Building, Room 621
Albany, NY 12248
Via FAX: 518·455·5409
Hon. George Latimer
Legislative Office Building, Room 656
Albany. NY 12248
Via FAX: 518·455-4861
Dear Senators Klein and Oppenheimer, Assembly Members Paulin and Latimer:
I am writing to request the drafting and filing of State legislation under Home Rule provisions to allow the City of New Rochelle to have full power of ownership, and the authority to convey same. of the parcel known as the New Rochelle Armory site. This parcel holds great potential for achieving important planning and economic objectives on the Echo Bay Waterfront including enhanced public access to the Long Island Sound shore.
Jeremy Schulman has been removed from his role managing the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency and replaced by Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth in the wake of a damning audit by the Office of State Comptroller which found that NRIDA failed to evaluate and monitor tens of millions dollars in tax breaks given to developers.
In a thinly-veiled attempt at damage control, Michael Freimuth (above left) asked Chuck Strome (above center) and the IDA Board to pass a resolution creating a new position of Assistant to the Secretary of the Board then asked the board to appoint him to that newly created position so he could have legal access to NRIDA documents while avoiding the necessity of formally taking away and assuming Schulman's title of Executive Director.Read more
In case you haven't heard of the latest sneak attack to destroy the Armory, or the backlash from citizens, all resulting in Senators and members of the Assembly alike scrambling to put distance between themselves and our very own Mayor, well now would be a good time to review. In reading the stories above, you'll see the mayors attempt to move legislation forward, on his own behalf, without the "courtesy" of notifying the complete city council. Talk about backfiring! Within, 36 hours (impressive considering this happened over a weekend} , Senators Klein and Oppenheimer, along with Assembly Members Latimer and Paulin told constituents they would not proceed with the pending legislation. To his credit, Senator Klein was reported as saying he was told ( by Mayor Bramson himself)the Armory issues were resolved. Also to his credit, he felt it important enough to actively remove his name from the bill. A small gesture, but not unnoticed. The rest left their names on, to presumably let the bill "sunset" until next year. Mr. Latimer issued a lengthy statement revealing perhaps more than he intended.Read more