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  • As New Rochelle Power Couples Laud Each Other at Fund for Educational Excellence Gala, Their School Taxes Go Unpaid   1 week 7 hours ago

    RobinSherman GregMerchant

  • As New Rochelle Power Couples Laud Each Other at Fund for Educational Excellence Gala, Their School Taxes Go Unpaid   1 week 1 day ago

    This photo is the one and only time I've seen Greg Merchant with his wife rather than with Robin Sherman!!! Glad to see they go out together.

  • New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence Honors Four High School Seniors   1 week 1 day ago

    Yes. Julian Merchant is the son of Greg and Lianne Merchant.

    Julian is a top-flight fencer who competes all over the world. His brother and mother are also involved. See the story below...

    USA FENCING ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION
    http://www.usfencing.org/news_article/show/396060-usa-fencing-announces-...

    Lianne Merchant (New Rochelle, N.Y.), the mother of saber fencers Julian and Marcel Merchant, won the age group parent director election with 341 votes. This is the first term on the USA Fencing board for the real estate private equity capital raiser.

  • As New Rochelle Power Couples Laud Each Other at Fund for Educational Excellence Gala, Their School Taxes Go Unpaid   1 week 1 day ago

    Should be no surprise that Greg Merchant is now knee-deep into RDRXR.

    He is currently acting as their broker to locate office space for them in New Rochelle.

    Two sets of rules.

  • As New Rochelle Power Couples Laud Each Other at Fund for Educational Excellence Gala, Their School Taxes Go Unpaid   1 week 2 days ago

    Rivera bought a building for 1.00?
    Although he turned and eye sore into a gem market value was ignored. Guess who helped cut that bad deal for the citizens?
    We have the same gene pool over and over in New Rochelle all trying to get a piece of power through political association. Follow the money follow the underhanded maneuvers. A good core of people are watching however.

  • As New Rochelle Power Couples Laud Each Other at Fund for Educational Excellence Gala, Their School Taxes Go Unpaid   1 week 2 days ago

    While there may be nothing illegal about owing back taxes, it is certainly unethical for the politically connected, including the current President of the New Rochelle Board of Education (Lianne Merchant), to be a participant in a Limited Liability Corporation that is in arrears on school, city & county taxes. The Merchants & the Leghorns have contributed nearly $15,000 to local democratic politicians including Idoni, Bramson, Fertel, Rice, Lopez and County Legislator Ken Jenkins to name a few according to NYS Campaign Finance filings.

    A glaring omission to their campaign influence$ is Councilwoman Shari Rackman, which may account for Ms. Rackman’s independent vote on the failed Echo Bay project. Mr. Merchant was a prime real estate negotiator for that failed development deal and is rumored to be a prime real estate instrument for the current downtown re-development scheme.

    This is the reason New Rochelle has deteriorated; there is a different set of rules for the everyday taxpayer as opposed to the politically privileged. Unfortunately the electorate has a short memory and will probably forget this disgraceful act next November when electing city council.

  • New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence Honors Four High School Seniors   1 week 2 days ago

    Bob,

    Is Julian Merchant the son of Gregg & Lianne Merchant?????

  • City of New Rochelle Releases 2015 Proposed Budget of $156.5 Million with 1.79% Tax Levy Increase   2 weeks 1 day ago

    I see in these tough fiscal times, civil service workers continue to get pay raises. But at least we get "extrodinary" service in exchange.

  • FOUR MORE YEARS: New Rochelle Mayor Kicks Off 2015 City Council Races with Fundraiser Next Month   2 weeks 3 days ago

    James Maisano or
    James Killoran or
    James O'Toole

    Thank you!!!

  • Westchester Citizens Against Racism Protest Lawyer's Racist Tweet   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Dear Mr. Barovick...with all your educational accomplishments it's amazing you've not been able to manage your self ordained position in society.

    Hopefully your recent juvenile & incendiary comments regarding Mr. Moss will have a detrimental effect upon your law practice. Early retirement is an option. However if you choose to continue law you could consider a retainer on the part of the KKK...or amble over to MSNBC and ask for a podium next to Al Sharpton.

    Speaking of Sharpton...have you ever seen the clip on YouTube of the encounter between Sharpton and Roy Innis of CORE? I've provided the link for your kind attention.

    You may wish to consider adding to your law library 'Everyday Manners-Emily Post Institute'. It's available at Amazon.

    Finally Mr. Barovick no one likes a bully...especially a race bating bully.

    Shame on you sir!

    John T Benjamin

  • Mayor Bramson Discusses New Rochelle's Downtown   2 weeks 5 days ago

    There is some preliminary work that should be done; it is like preparing the ground before planting seed.

    New Rochelle, we have some great new days ahead of us!

    Warren is unable to post at this time but asked me to post his response to Peggy for him.

    From Warren Gross November 3, 2014

    Peggy Godfrey’s Report on Mayor Bramson Discusses New Rochelle’s Downtown points out long -standing flaws in Community Development in the Queen City. It perpetuates the myth that the faults we face reside other than with our current elected officials. Noam indicts past leadership as being responsible for the fading glory of our beloved City. Sad, very sad, what is not said is that Noam shares much of the burden of shouldering the responsibility. He has been a member of both the City Council and elected Mayor; although in a fashion not granted to him, by the City Charter.

    He is culpable or, at least, negligent in carrying out the mandates explicit in our City Charter. He is also the leading voice, and in some cases, the only voice for management practices that lead to mistakes such as not using the prior 1996 Comprehensive Plan. This important document should have been out forward as an on-going planning document for Council control and monitoring. Properly used it would have been a baseline record and focus for on-going Strategic and Operating Plans. We are also managed largely by fee revenue; an invasive process that too often punishes commercial interests and its clients for being in business. That is an oversimplification, but a conversation with a small business owner on Huguenot, Main, or North Avenue would bear witness to this statement.

    I am here not to condemn Noam but to remind him that he bears his share of responsibility for our diminished business district. So do the other Council Members who do not insist that the mandates of the City Charter are adhered to as our rule of law. Equally chilling is not recognizing that our electorate has over the past several decades, voted against a referendum to change our Charter from its current “weak” or Ceremonial mayor over to a “strong” mayor system.

    Noam must accept that the fault is not in Caesar or in the Stars. It rests with him, his party leaders, and with the rest of the sitting Council. I have supported Bramson for years. He is a brilliant young man, but his tendency is to blame others. The economy was a favorite target and now this preposterous claim indicting other administrations. This young man has been in significant leadership positions for over twenty years.

    I would have no problem supporting him as a strong mayor, but he must be more honest in assigning responsibility. He might be less sophistic in his language. The late and revered Ruby Dee is not, as he indicated, and I paraphrase, larger than New Rochelle. What then of Rockwell, Remington, Gehrig? What does he mean by people standing up and saying something “supportive”?

    Let me try. You will have the support of all citizens who love this community if you commit to transparency, involvement, and honesty. Your “master development” and team that you have pronounced having a nonpareil national reputation (again I paraphrase), should be adept enough to be able to separate form from substance, understand and apply state of the art techniques in Assessment and Strategic Planning and I hope that is their intent and not simply presenting a solution in search of a real problem. There is so much preliminary work that should be done; it is like preparing the ground before planting seed. These include basic enablers such as looking at what really induces commercial and yes, residential interests, to invest in our City. It begins with overhauling our Charter and Codes. We need to have non-political conversations on reassessment and not look at Certiorari in the ways that we do. Do we really understand what public and private investors look for when assessing our community? That means a formal arrangement with the School District, moving some services downtown, much more even if it is not “pretty” such as an off Main municipal vertical garage to support commercial growth or expansion.

    Yes, we need to provide inducements for investors; abatements likely are needed, but their terms and oversight require strong legal support. If RDRXR cannot provide this, then we need a different team. Al Tarantino is wrong when he denies the need for taking over some private property. It may be inevitable. Ivar Hyden is correct, absolutely correct in asking for bipartisanship. Any sniff of special interests or parochial interests must be eradicated.

    Noam speaks as one voice that embraces the Council. That gets you one vote, my vote. We have a nucleus of a fine Council and any primary challenge will be, itself, noted and interpreted for what it is. Just leave well enough alone, make the basic enabling changes, and there is your positive message.

    Warren Gross, citizen

  • Michael Cerreta Passes   4 weeks 3 days ago

    I bought several cars from him over the years and his business was almost a community staple. Sorry to see him pass. RIP.

  • 10/16 Westchester Board of Legislators Hispanic Affairs Task Force in New Rochelle 7 PM   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Bob - I appreciate the post.

    Jim Maisano

  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Gearing Up for 2015 Election?   5 weeks 6 days ago

    Martin & John - it was nice of you to mention me, but I'm very happy serving our community as county legislator and it's been a great experience to serve as Vice Chair of BOL this term.

    Jim Maisano

  • New Rochelle's Discrimination Against Mobility Impaired Students Continues, Despite Two Federal Agreements and a $26 Million Lawsuit   6 weeks 14 hours ago

    You are correct.

  • New Rochelle's Discrimination Against Mobility Impaired Students Continues, Despite Two Federal Agreements and a $26 Million Lawsuit   6 weeks 1 day ago

    ADA Standards Require a 1:12 slope ratio which equals 4.8 degrees or one foot of wheelchair ramp for each inch of rise.

  • City of New Rochelle Hires Controversial Former City Manager of Rye Tied to Rye Golf Club Fraud   7 weeks 4 days ago

    Guess one needs to be "friends" with the right people to get a job in NR. To think, Mr. Integrity himself, Chuck Strome, actually does things that could be considered, umm, unethical. Hasn't he been down this path before?

  • City of New Rochelle Hires Controversial Former City Manager of Rye Tied to Rye Golf Club Fraud   7 weeks 4 days ago

    From what I have heard over the past couple days, Scott Pickup is someone Chuck knew and wanted for the job. If your boss comes to you and "recommends" a particular candidate (and no other candidates) you can decide for yourself how much choice Alex Tergis had in the matter.

    I have heard similar complaints about Tom Pfister, New Rochelle's Business Ambassador -- that this is another friend of Chuck's )http://linkd.in/ZdfPa4).

    There is a growing sense of unease that Chuck has "checked out" and is is biding his time until he hits the next level on his pension (in about 3 years) and that he does not really care what anyone thinks anymore.

    He would obviously know that there would be blowback on hiring Scott Pickup and just as obviously he does not care -- he is almost daring the City Council to fire him.

    I would note here that when I mentioned that Chuck was replacing a position (Deputy Commish) that was held not long ago by Joe Cotroneo, someone he had fired, Chuck denied firing him, said he was fired by the DPW Commissioner. This is pure silliness by Chuck - as if a Deputy Commissioner would be hired or fired over Chuck's objections.

    That he would not take responsibility for firing Cotroneo tells you what you need to know when he did not hire Pickup.

    Chuck is the boss but he wants to pretend to pass the buck. Not what I would call leadership.

  • City of New Rochelle Hires Controversial Former City Manager of Rye Tied to Rye Golf Club Fraud   7 weeks 5 days ago

    I guess if you want to keep the "shady things going on behind the scenes" theme going this is the right move. There was arecent article in LoHud that gave an interesting take on the events surrounding Mr Pickup's final days in Rye.

    Of course he hasn't been charged with anything, but it's interesting to read some of the statements from his former employers. Comments from the Mayor of Rye, Joe Sack -
    "...the Golf Club scandal"was an issue" in the minds of City Council members as they decided Pickup's fate"
    Asked about Pickup's performance, Sack said, "He's gone. It's over." (seems to be saying s lot with four words, wouldn't you say?)

    The Mayor went on to point out that while the scandal was a factor in deciding to oust Pickup, it wasn't the only one.

    After reading these two articles you have to wonder if the City really needs this type of extra baggage, as it were. As the City tries to clean up its image, and put on a more marketable facade, one would have to question why, out of all the options, you would choose a candidate so soon after they left the previous appointment under the shadow of such a scandal. I'm not sure "uniqueness" should be held in such high regard. Afterall Richard Fevang's shenanigans demonstrated some pretty "unique" qualities of his own. Look where that got him.

  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Gearing Up for 2015 Election?   8 weeks 1 day ago

    To get a net benefit of 2 accomplishments, you have to eliminating 3 previous accomplishments and call them fees.

  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Gearing Up for 2015 Election?   8 weeks 1 day ago

    For Mayor

  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Gearing Up for 2015 Election?   8 weeks 1 day ago

    Where is the substainatial development and fiscal stewardship? He cuts services, adds fees AND raises taxes. Gee thanks. A few more dorms is what we been asking for too, forget retail. We haven't seen decent shopping in this city since Macy's left. Award winning GreeNR has not made a measurable mark in greenhouse gas emissions. So he can stop patting himself on the back. The man is useless.

  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Gearing Up for 2015 Election?   8 weeks 1 day ago

    Advice to Douglas A. Colety and the powers within New Rochelle's GOP spend some time vetting your next candidate in a more professional manner.
    That being said with the margins of democratic to republican voters and with many North Ender's voting in the affinity method you will have a challenge defeating
    Bramson regardless of how little he has done and how ineffective he is in all respects. It would take someone like Maisano to get even close. Clearly he won't win with the margins of his last election but he will coast in for sure based upon the disparity.

  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Gearing Up for 2015 Election?   8 weeks 1 day ago

    Seriously, I'm going to hit the ground running*, with the end game* being, to seed (like a Zygote) a paradigm shift* among the influencers* that would create a pivot* towards thinking outside the box* as they innovate* game changing* strategies to tease out the true growth hackers* among us. Visionary* thinkers poised to deliver a tangible but ambiguous "net benefit" to all who drink the kool aid. Always cognizant of the potential of becoming intoxicated by the exuberance own verbosity, I will take pause to return to the point of this post.

    Take a look at the 5 "accomplishments" over the 10 year period.

    -The city is basically broke. Balancing the little money the city has is more a testament to the city manager and his staff. The crowning glory of the mayors hand is the ability to lay off tax burden into "fees" that still drain the property owners without inflating the tax rate. Library fee, garbage fee, business registration fee associated with fines, water hydrant fees.

    - Sustainability by making the city more pedestrian and bike friendly, wow!

    - "Significant" new development? Really? Have you been downtown and noticed anything new besides the Monroe (lets give more money to the mayors campaign) College sprawl and its resultant headaches?

    - Infrastructure and assets. Like City Park, the field of dreams, because you must be dreaming if you think the local youth are allowed to use it. Streetscaped cameras at the intersections to provide a new revenue stream from tickets? Completely moot as evidence suggests there is no net benefit from these programs

    - Collaborative spirit? That's rich. The biggest thing the community has come together on was the overthrow of the mayors pet Echo Bay project. If the goal was to bring people together, he hit the jackpot on this one. Traditional objectionists banded with his own supporters to create a pushback so great in its magnitude that even the city council members who were aligned with him ran like rats off of a sinking ship to protect themselves from the political fallout. He didn't overcome anything, the voters overcame the dictator like approach to satisfying the hand that helped fund his campaign coffers. Overcoming the "thorny issue" of Davids Island is another straw grasping reach. Obamacare will be repealed before he gets anything settled on Xanadu, I mean Davids Island, no wait, the wind farm park, no, I got it now, the heavy metal contaminated environmentally dead ( wrong again, that's Echo Bay), well, you get the picture.

    So, after 10 years as mayor along with years of service as councilman it's hard to see the progress touted by these 5 talking points. Then again, the fog, along with some other organic substances, gets pretty thick down here in the East End. Maybe thats why we don't see the tenants in the Trump Tower, or the mayor for that matter.

    The voters have vehemently rejected him twice on very big issues. Echo Bay , the largest project in the City's history, and County Executive in a County with an overwhelmingly Democrat voter advantage. If that's the kind of track record you're looking for then have at it. Utilizing the new common core math would indicate the next 4 years would give us a "net benefit" of 2 accomplishments. I'm just not sure if that's pre-revenue* or value added*

    *Buzzword suggestions for creative campaigning

  • New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson Gearing Up for 2015 Election?   8 weeks 2 days ago

    We need an honorable, inclusive and authentic person as Mayor- how about Jim Maisano?

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