Another contributor previously wrote about campaign contributions. They provided a link to the state campaign lists . It makes for interesting reading . You can see why there wasn't any action on Procopio , the procopio family consistently donates to the campaign of the mayor . I couldn't find Capelli or Apicella but I'm sure there's a link somewhere . Most disturbing is the $5,000 rom Forest Citys Ratner family for the mayorial campaign . A family from Cleveland decides to support a mayorial candidate only to later come before the mayor as a developer . Remember , the city had to pick Forest City from a list of 6 developers who submitted concepts . So , long before the selection process began , the Forest City group was positioning themselves with pre selection discussions with Noam Bramson . Why else would a family from Cleveland find it in their hearts to support New Rochelle ? The whole thing stinks backroom dealings.
Got a better explanation ? Let's hear it.
Follow the money .Read more
The information you are requesting leaves no room for redirection or obfuscation should that information be released to the public. Sad but true , I wouldn't hold your breath while waiting for those answers .
Regarding the statement about the 2 million dollar surplus . Just what are we to imply about that ? Are the residents of Avalon secretly paying the costs of their children's education out of pocket ? If we convert all of the housing in NR to senior housing wouldn't we eliminate all "costs associated with the children's education" ? Why , we could actually get rid of the whole school system and cut our taxes by 70 % (assuming seniors won't have any more school age kids). Every family in New Rochelle is providing a revenue surplus by not having another child . Such a deal !
Isn't it ridiculous ? Besides , the 2 mill dollar surplus fantasy is more than offset by the huge Tax abatement given to these sites , meaning we are actually getting nothing in revenue from the properties ? Approaching a BILLION dollars in development (Avalon 1&2 , Trump , New Roc) and the city is struggling . Revenues basically the same as pre development and this was true before the economic downturn .Read more
Can you imagine anyone better suited to advocate on their childs behalf than a parent ? Is it possible to have the perspective needed if you haven't raised a child yourself , afterall , there's no substitute for experience . Then how in the world does Martian Daly wind up as the president of the PTA ? Doesn't that seem odd ? What does he do , call his mother for advice ?
-Why does Martian Daly teach only one class ?
-How does Martian Daly justify the needs of the PTA and the needs of the union members of the district?
-Should the purpose of the PTA be combined with the growth of the unions ?
-Unions , by nature , expect growth and strength , who keeps that in check ?
-Why are the children the last priority in the FUSE mission statement?
-How is it that FUSE campaigns for BoE candidates ?
-Who gives FUSE the right to be involved in approving BoE candidates ? There has been NO-ONE from outside of the inbred circle of the union who has EVER had the least amount of support , but if you bend over and spout the union line , your support will be endless . How will anybody ever have a chance for reform ?Read more
What in the world is going on in this city ? Corporation council fired for "insubordination" ? It seems a bit disturbing when the person responsible for your legal behavior disagrees so strongly with you that you have to fire her. Who fired her and what was it they wanted that even a lawyer wouldn't do ? Knowing Bernis as I do , I can't imagine a scenario where she refused to go the extra mile to perform her duty , ethically and within the law , but I wonder if she was pressured to file or execute something to suit someone's agenda , and refused . Afterall , she's been there over 10 years , you would think any personality issues between parties would have surfaced long before today . Good luck Bernis , and if you feel like telling your side of the story , I'm sure Mr Cox would gladly let you speak here .
So, smack the kids around , steal some vans , double dip at the trough , send child porn around , but please , don't disagree because THAT would be wrong. Right ?Read more
It's hard to imagine there could be a dumber class of citizens in this city. Much like the troll from a few weeks ago, everytime you attempt to string a coherent sentence together to rail against this site, you wind up providing more and more support for the site. In a simpleminded way you keep blaming Mr Cox for the voices of people who want to express a different point of view. Instead of blaming Mr Cox, maybe we should blame Al Gore for inventing the internet. The more you and your ilk open your mouths, the more importance you give to this site by showing the public just how sheepish and narrow minded some folks can be. That is why a site like this is so important. YOU are why this site exists. Joe Stalin and Ho Chi Min would be proud of you all. (hold up your little red book now). Everything posted on this site by Bob, and others has been, at the very least, as true as anything you read in the Journal News. In fact, there are stories here that the JN is afraid to print, or have been told not to print. Isn't that better for the community? (Oh , that's right, you have to check with someone before you answer). Anyhow, to jump up and down and brag how your "side" won shows the mentality of a gradeschooler who just won their first dodgeball game. It's not about who's side won, it's about what's right for the city and the kids and many people have different opinions about that.Read more
No, my friends, I actually have to respectfully disagree with Mr Cox on this one. Although it does have a certain ring to it, King Dolt (c'mon- it IS funny)would lead you to believe there was a complete lack of intelligence. Why yes, he has made some mistakes along the way, but, the more I look into the quagmire that is the Board of Ed, I realize Mr O is a just a lying, cheating, manipulative, Conniving (look up the definition) corruptor of the very system he has been entrusted with. Why, this would require some level of intelligence, right? How else could you hoodwink so many people. It's infuriating to think we, as a citizenry, stand back idly watching our kids sold down the river while they approve their own raises. Think about this- After holding the party line about how it is in "our" best interest to not discuss union negotiations, he goes on record in the newspaper saying there will be no layoffs and raises for all. If I was in the union and I heard that from the other side of my contract, I'd be smiling about now. I'll get what I want now. He is cheating the citizens of New Rochelle by not disclosing the number of kids from outside the district going to our schools. Mount Vernon had about 800 of them and were able to reduce the teacher staff by 50 or so. Don't worry, they'll get jobs where the 800 wind up. He either knows about this or he doesn't.Read more
That's right my friends. I've spoken to the board of ed folks and they assure me there's no need to bother yourself by comming out and voting. Besides, they told me it will be raining that day, so no need to go out and get all wet and everything. They have the only votes they need right now and if any of you regular citizens actually vote, well, you'll just upset the balance they have built. Just give them what they ask for and everything will be allright. Trust me. I know that people on this site have been reporting that the board has been careless with their spending, but afterall, it is their money ,right. I mean, we give it to them. When you give someone a gift, you don't tell them how they should use it right? And how about that D.Polow lady. She told me she NEEDS to spend more money. Wow, I gotta tell you, I love to hand money over to people who ignore me. (just ask my ex-wife:). Cocky, arrogant blowhards like her are usually right, like Madeoff, Paulson, Geightner, Spitzer,Bush, they've all done well, right? Anyhow, I ask you to think about the board for a change and stop thinking about your insignificant self or where you'll get money to pay your bills. Just give them what they ask for and they'll leave us alone. There's just to much talk about these issues,afterall, they obviously know more than you or I about what we can afford. Right?Read more