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
I have been asked to be a guest on Mike Scully's radio show on WVOX at 10:30 AM along with Anthony Galletta, a former Co-Chair of the Save Our Armory Committee who played a lead role in pushing back on Mayor Bramson's attempt to pass a home rule bill that would pave the way for the destruction of the New Rochelle Armory.
You can tune at 1460 AM or listen over the internet at http://wvox.com/
You can call in at 914-636-0110. Speaking for myself, I would especially like to hear from those who support the Mayor's decision to request a home rule bill and might help explain his side of the issue.
If you are not familiar with the issue be sure to read:Read more
Like Tojo before him, Mayor Bramson's sneak attack on a (former) Naval installation offered the illusion of victory but served instead to galvanize opposition as New Rochelle veterans organized a counteroffensive, returned fire and drove Bramson and his allies from the field.
New Rochelle veterans "accepted" the Mayor's unconditional surrender on the deck of the New Rochelle American Legion Post 8 where Ron Tocci, former New York State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and co-Chair of the Save Our Armory Committee broke the news to a room packed with veterans and their supporters.
NOTE: this video will be replaced by a more comprehensive report once I have the time to edit the video.Read more
Talk of the Sound caught up with leaders of the veterans community in New Rochelle and asked for comment on the news that Mayor Bramson had asked area lawmakers to pass a Home Rule bill in order to tear down the New Rochelle Armory.
Edward R. Murrow is hardly quaking in his boots over the launch of the news Talk of the Sound TV channel on YouTube but we're giving it our best shot with no funds and limited production capabilities. Don't worry, we're not taking ourselves to seriously but thought it might be nice to try and add more video reports like this to the site. Enjoy!Read more
What would make a Senator, who previously fully supported the restoration and re-use of the Armory, suddenly take part in a backhanded, rush through, get it done before the public finds out, type of legislation? Pro Armory one minute, tear it down the next. Even Forest City has admitted the Armory can be utilized as Echo Bay is developed. Senator Klein, it is my opinion that you have become spineless in your ability to be a leader, no longer deserving of the peoples trust. The voting booth will show that loss of trust. Cowardly and backhandedly, you chose to turn on you constituents who have previously supported you. Are you taking campaign money from Forest City or the Ratners like Mayor Bramson did What price was it worth to sell out the trust of the people? Stop it Senator and act like an adult, Senator and citizen. You haven't had one single discussion about the merits of saving the Armory, so how could you possibly make an informed decision, unless of course, you are being co-opted by money or undue influence. Goodbye Senator, your carreer is over. You want proof of the 2 faces? Here you go. http://www.newrochelletalk.com/node/2145Read more
As co-chairperson of the Save Our Armory Committee I and our secretary Lorraine Pierce sat in Senator Klein’s office to garner his support to save the New Rochelle Armory. Without hesitation or a second thought, Senator Klein pledged his wholehearted support and a few days later memorialized his support in a letter dated October 25, 2006. Senator Klein states; “I am writing this letter in support of your group’s effort to save the New Rochelle Armory. The Armory is a site of significant historical importance to the City of New Rochelle and should be preserved”. Now, less than four years later, Senator Klein has stabbed his New Rochelle constituents in the back by co-sponsoring a bill with Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (S08307) which would allow Mayor Bramson “to sell, alienate and convey waterfront real property”. The Armory is not mentioned by name but if you read the entire bill the coordinates include the Armory. This legislation comes on the same day (6/22) of the special election where Sheila Marcotte, a republican, decisively defeated Greg Varian, a democrat, for Vito Pinto’s vacant county legislator seat.Read more
With the state government deadlocked in a budget battle as the legislative calendar draws to a close, Mayor Noam Bramson is working with the four state representatives of New Rochelle in Albany to sneak through last minute legislation authorizing the City of New Rochelle to tear down the Naval Armory in New Rochelle.
State Senator Jeff Klein and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer have co-sponsored bill S8307 in the New York Senate. State Assembly Representative Amy Paulin and State Assembly Representative George Latimer sponsored bill A11554. The bills are identical and are summarized on the New York State Assembly web site as follows:
Authorizes the city of New Rochelle to sell, alienate and convey waterfront real property. [NOTE: The full bill is published below]
The Mayor plans to call a special meeting of the City Council this week to pass a resolution acting on the two bills, if passed, to immediately authorize the imminent destruction of the Armory, sources say.Read more