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
A loft-like, modern space, updated structureRead more
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
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