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  • How Come No One in New Rochelle Knows Nuthin' About Army Corps of Engineers Study of Echo Bay?   21 weeks 3 hours ago

    Good report.

    One thing unmentioned, is that the Westchester County sewage treatment plant, being in that location, is also a source of toxic waste.

    Doesn't Westchester County also have to pay for cleaning up Echo Bay's toxins?

  • City of New Rochelle Releases Land Disposition Agreement for Echo Bay - Forest City Deal   21 weeks 8 hours ago

    While I'm not a legal eagle I believe there is no "willful misconduct". There has been no LDA adopted and the city can say they see no public benefit. This certainly is not Noam's belief but it appears that a bi-partisan majority of council feels that way.

  • City of New Rochelle Releases Land Disposition Agreement for Echo Bay - Forest City Deal   21 weeks 11 hours ago

    Read this carefully. Does it mean we could be paying Forest City 2 million if we default. How can this even be considered after the property has been tied up by Forest City for so many years?

  • City Council Plot Twist in New Rochelle as Tarantino Demands Echo Bay Vote Next Week   21 weeks 13 hours ago

    Brian you have not answered the question and now i must ask.What happened to Noam for County Exec. what happened to Noam for state assembly ? Noam has run for Mayor twice and he has won but he always is seaking another office on the New Rochelle peoples time? Brian tell me why Noam keeps doing this. The democratics of Westchester have spoken and they do not want NOAM bottom line. What do you have to say BRIAN

  • City Council Plot Twist in New Rochelle as Tarantino Demands Echo Bay Vote Next Week   21 weeks 15 hours ago

    Mr Ratner, Bob Dylan had something to say about your Echo Bay project:

    Nothing is better, nothing is best,
    Take care of your health and get plenty of rest.

  • How Come No One in New Rochelle Knows Nuthin' About Army Corps of Engineers Study of Echo Bay?   21 weeks 19 hours ago

    Bob,

    I have to say you are doing an incredible job researching and detecting here to protect all of our butts.

    Looking ahead to another 6% tax increase and that even WITHOUT any of this is quite frightening.

    Thank you for what you do.

  • Long Hidden 2006 Army Corps of Engineers Report Found High Levels of Hazardous, Toxic Metals in Channels Flanking Proposed Echo Bay Development   21 weeks 1 day ago

    New Rochelle, Dejavu all over again!

    If what has been uncovered is correct, what surprises are in store for New Rochelle Taxpayers at The proposed Beechwood Avenue Site for The New City Yard?

    If what has been uncovered is correct then we must ask ourselves, The New Rochelle City Council, The City Manager and the City Staff, What surprises are in store for New Rochelle Taxpayers at The proposed Beechwood Avenue Site for The New City Yard? That plan has just as many flaws in it as Echo Bay has Mud. It is time for a new beginning. I hope that the apology by The Mayor last night is a step towards new thinking and better judgment. However, we cannot let down our guard because we have seen this viscous cycle play out with every development project here in New Rochelle. We will have a continuation of The Never-Ending flawed plans, bad deals and bad deals for the Citizens of New Rochelle. The knee jerk responses claiming political attacks of the mayor, some members of council and city staff claims must stop. I have yet to see them show us that any of the claims are false. The deeper we get the more the facts support what many have said before on this site and at Citizens to be Heard.

    Go back and read some of the past articles on the subject, be informed. Information and knowledge are our best arsenal against poor planning and greedy politicians and developers with nothing but self-interest and dollar signs in their minds. Read the facts because this also involves The City Yard move and its poor planning, flawed process and political games. This is no longer a perception!

    Just released today, Discrepancies are found in NDC’s Report on Echo Bay. United Citizens for a Better New Rochelle (UCBNR) received the National Development Council (NDC) report on the Echo Bay project.

    http://echobayfacts.com/2013/11/20/discrepancies-found-in-ndcs-report-on...

    Article Talk of the Sound:
    Discrepancies Found in New Rochelle Consultant's Report on Echo Bay Tax Abatement
    By United Citizens... on Wed, 11/20/2013
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/discrepancies-found-new-rochelle-...

    Article New Rochelle Patch:
    New Rochelle City Yard OK'd for Financing
    The city council authorized issuing bonds up to $25 million for a new City Yard facility.
    Posted by Michael Woyton (Editor), November 14, 2012
    http://newrochelle.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/new-rochell...

    Article Talk of the Sound:
    With Cart Again Before Horse, New Rochelle City Council Prepares to Borrow $19.6 MM
    By Robert Cox on Tue, 11/13/2012
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/cart-again-horse-new-rochelle-cit...

    From the article and information from City Council meetings:
    1) On February 14, 2012, City Council passed a bond resolution to finance the design and planning costs of a proposed new replacement public works facility at the Beechwood site. In the amount of $600,000.

    2) Design consultants, Lothrop Associates, provided an analysis which determined the costs are higher than originally anticipated. It is estimated that the total project cost at the Beechwood site will be $19 million and the total project cost at the existing East Main Street site will be $24.4 million.

    3) The original specifications for a new City Yard site were for a property of no less than 4.0 acres, a size meant to include all DPW operations at East Main Street and Pelham Road. The property that was purchased at Beechwood Avenue was less than 3.0 acres.

    4) A new solution was found in purchasing an adjacent property, at an additional cost. This property has significant remediation needs which have been estimated at between $2-3 million. This cost is not incorporated in the original estimate or the new estimate.

    5) The original estimate was based on work done by Dolph Rotfeid Engineering. Michael Ritchie works at Dolph Rotfeid Engineering. Ritchie was the New Rochelle Development Commissioner from 2000 to 2003 and was intimately familiar with New Rochelle the proposed Beechwood Avenue site.

    6) Currently the Beechwood Avenue site is being used as a leaf transfer station not just for New Rochelle but for other municipalities in the area.

    Article Talk of the Sound:
    New Rochelle Estimates for New DPW Yard Doubles in a Month: $13mm to $19mm to $25mm
    By Robert Cox on Thu, 11/15/2012
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/new-rochelle-estimates-new-dpw-ya...

    Some points stated in the 11/15/12 article; The New Rochelle City Council authorized the issuance of $25 million in bonds to build a new DPW Yard on Beechwood Avenue on that Tuesday.

    In October 2012, the estimate for the cost to building a new DPW yard stood as $13 million, by November 1,2012 that figure changed to $19 million and then during the council meeting, The City Council was given a new figure of $25 million by The City Manager and then vote to approve the higher rate of bond. At the time, Councilmember Rice joined Councilmember Trangucci and Tarantino in voting against the increased amount.

    The increased amount came in response to concerns raised at the previous City Council meeting by Albert Tarantino who noted that when the work first began on moving the City Yard the plan was to consolidate operations at the East Main Street yard with those at 40 Pelham Road which includes both DPW and Parks department operations. The City Manager proposed acquiring additional adjacent property, through condemnation if necessary and he was "highly confident" that the suddenly expanded project could be built for $25 million.

    Council Member Al Tarantino said he could not support such an undefined, open-ended, large expenditure, “There’s too many holes in it, I need better information before I vote to move forward.”

    Several Council Members, including Democrats Shari Rackman and Ivar Hyden, expressed concerns about the impact on taxpayers, even those voting to approve the $25 million bond. Mayor Bramson began by angrily denouncing the concerns expressed about the burden on taxpayers, calling it a "false narrative". Could they be narratives spoken by false heads that don’t count?

    Article Talk of the Sound:
    Can A New City Yard Avoid Bonding?
    By Peggy Godfrey on Tue, 07/02/2013
    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/can-new-city-yard-avoid-bonding

    “Councilman Barry Fertel asked whether five votes were needed to rescind the already approved bonds. He was told that rescission and the new lease agreement using the LDC and NDC needed only four votes to pass. He had concerns about whether local contractors would be used and was told that they will be used to the extent possible and available. Trangucci asked about the contamination on the site and Marsh answered that he could not give an answer, because NDC does not know what contamination is on the site. Bramson closed the discussion by saying this project proposal will be revisited in the coming months”.

    Article New Rochelle Daily Voice:
    New Rochelle Engineering Study: New City Yard
    By Justin Stock News 01/13/12
    http://newrochelle.dailyvoice.com/news/new-rochelle-engineering-study-ne...

    “The Beechwood site already meets all current and projected operational standards and spatial requirements for DPW. The location has already been reviewed under the terms of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA)”.

    Where is the information and why isn’t it shared with the people? Why must everything on the City Council; Agenda discussion items be listed as To Follow. I have said this before, if they are ready to discuss the item, then there must be information to discuss and reference. Let’s get it together in the interest of an open government. You want to save money in the budget, stop having to revisit information several times, get the correct information, give the citizens of New Rochelle the correct information to make proper judgments’ and decisions. This alone would stop the multitude of FOIL Requests that are done every year just to bring out the truths and facts that are hidden.

    So here we are at a point where minds can be changed and proper decisions made in the best interest of the heads/citizens of New Rochelle. We must undertake these steps back in order to re-group and move forward for a better stronger New Rochelle. The one project that can move forward without any of the others is of course, The Armory Site. As has been said, Use this as the catalyst for the others. Not the other way around.

    “Common Sense for the Common Good”.

  • GETTING RESULTS: Bramson Apologizes for Conduct Last Week, Accepts Motion to Table Echo Bay Until 2014   21 weeks 1 day ago

    I applaud Noam Bramson for his apology to the City Council and to Shari Rackman.

    After his long bruising campaign, it is understandable that Noam was frustrated and exhausted. He did the decent thing with his public mea culpa yesterday, something few politicians are capable of. I believe his apology was heartfelt and meaningful. Thank you, Noam, for doing the right thing.

  • City Council Plot Twist in New Rochelle as Tarantino Demands Echo Bay Vote Next Week   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Ken Lewis,

    Mitch and I have opposite perspectives on Forest City Echo Bay. Mitch still supports it, and I never have.

    So I don't understand at all, why you wrote of me "You are however Noam Bramson's written Mitch T and for this...".

    As far as your desire to puke, I understand that. Take care of youself and get plenty of rest.

  • City Council Plot Twist in New Rochelle as Tarantino Demands Echo Bay Vote Next Week   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Brian thank you for clearing this up the concept has puzzled me since the days of Michael Boyle being in the 6-1 negative.
    What is frustrating however is that Barry Fertel and Jared Rice could care less about any of this as long as Noam side is supported by them.
    A Bit obsequious as those two tools were elected to represent their constituents not just the affinity blind voters but the citizens who will be stuck with the deal. Now you annoy the heck out of me but you have a right to say and think whatever you like what you don't get in the way of a right is to spin the truth to support your objective. Yes I realize you are anti Echo Bay bully for you.
    You are however Noam Bramson's written Mitch T and for this I often want to puke.
    Everyone who follows this project knows that Rackman is the deciding vote as Rice, Fertel and Bramson are one minded.
    Everyone who follows this project knows this is a bad deal. What we don't know if what is Noam's motivation? What is driving Strome's support but clearly we know 4-3 is in Rackmans hands.
    Now do me a huge favor explain to me why Noam Bramson and his record has been good for New Rochelle. Yes I get he is anti Nukes in Playland.
    I get he is for a womens right to choose.
    I get he wants liberal Justices on the Supreme Court.
    I get all of his National tipping points.
    What I don't get is How can anyone think he is anything but Bad for New Rochelle as he contains the following.
    a) His Education has him thinking he is smarter than anyone else.
    Ok if so why not go into Medicine, Law or Business where he could get a real job and not just turn a Ceremonial Mayor's job into a modern day Tammany hall.
    b) Hubris everything he does reeks of Hubris. He simply cannot believe anyone knows better.
    c)He is a Carbon Copy of everything that is wrong with Politics.
    Now leave me throw up in peace.
    d) He spent the last 18 years trying to create a political career over the backs of the Citizens, Tax Payers and New Rochelle in General.
    New Flash his results in the County Race have finished him off in this area. He would get on a future Platform for County Dog Catcher.

  • City Council Plot Twist in New Rochelle as Tarantino Demands Echo Bay Vote Next Week   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Bob Cox: thank you for this report.

    Ken Lewis: It takes any four of the seven city council members to legislate.

    No individual council member can veto legislation, nor can any individual council member pass legislation without the support of at least three other council members.

    If at least four council members vote to deny the Echo Bay deal, I certainly hope the remaining council members join in on that vote, as New Rochelle needs closure, and to move on to more popular alternatives.

    Certainly there are better opportunities available, to improve commerce and the tax base of New Rochelle, than what Forest City has offered. But those alternatives have been ignored, or not yet discovered or discussed, because so much time has been spent trying to make sense of the unreasonable Forest City proposals.
    Bob Cox: thank you for this report.

    Ken Lewis: It takes any four of the seven city council members to legislate.

    No individual council member can veto legislation, nor can any individual council member pass legislation without the support of at least three other council members.

    If at least four council members vote to deny the Echo Bay deal, I certainly hope the remaining council members join in on that vote, as New Rochelle needs closure, and to move on to more popular alternatives.

    Certainly there are better opportunities available, to improve commerce and the tax base of New Rochelle, that what Forest City has offered. But those alternatives have been ignored, or not yet discovered or discussed, because so much time has been spent trying to make sense of the unreasonable Forest City proposals.

  • GETTING RESULTS: Bramson Apologizes for Conduct Last Week, Accepts Motion to Table Echo Bay Until 2014   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Big deal. He apologized because he knows he has to smooth things over with Rackman and Hayden if he is going to push this nightmare through.

  • City Council Plot Twist in New Rochelle as Tarantino Demands Echo Bay Vote Next Week   21 weeks 1 day ago

    The National Development Council says that Echo Bay is not financially feasible for Forest City UNLESS they are given a 20 tax abatement c/o NR property owners. Since when did the taxpayers go in partners with Forest City? If this is how it works, then Forest City ought to be required to give the taxpayer 50% of any profits they reep of this project.

  • City Council Plot Twist in New Rochelle as Tarantino Demands Echo Bay Vote Next Week   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Locked in? Nothing is locked in. Annabi was locked in now she is locked up.
    With this developer it aint over till its over.
    Forest City to convince the Mayor that they need a 20 year tax abatement to build a 8 foot x 12 foot shed and Bramson would be touting this as the greatest storage shed and New Rochelle residents need this storage shed. My question is how many school children will live in the 20 year piloted storage shed?

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 1 day ago

    It's not that I am baiting, but rather that occasionally I nibble at some of the baiting that others post at TOTS.

    When one attacks the person, rather than policies of that person, it reduces the focus on the questioned policies. It then appears that the poster simply dislikes a policy, because it is associated with the person being attacked, rather than policy itself being abhorrent.

    I am referring to the many personal attacks on Noam, repeatedly posted at TOTS by a few people.

    But I am also referring to those who appear in the national media, making a vast quantity of obnoxious personal attacks on Barack Obama, our President, much of it apparently racist in origin.

    If one doesn't like the President's or Mayor's policies, then criticizing the policies themselves, is the most effective way of modifying or eliminating those policies.

    But when instead, one attacks the personality of our President or Mayor, that is likely to result in a defensive reaction by that President or Mayor, which probably results in continuation of the very policies at issue.

    An Army Corp of Engineers Echo Bay report raises serious issues that must be investigated, but it doesn't personally attack anyone. In comparison, when one calls our Mayor a narcissist, that is an unnecessary personal attack, that does absolutely nothing to prevent Forest City at Echo Bay, while diminishing the importance of the actual issues.

    I will defend Noam Bramson from personal attacks, while encouraging questioning of the issues.

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Brian -

    I agree with your last comments.

    On another note, however, after looking back at a good number of your past posts, I see that you take pleasure in "baiting" people and then engaging them. Please consider me unengaged!

    Thanks, Amy

  • Long Hidden 2006 Army Corps of Engineers Report Found High Levels of Hazardous, Toxic Metals in Channels Flanking Proposed Echo Bay Development   21 weeks 1 day ago

    New Rochelle proposed granting of Echo Bay project to Forest City Ratner is potentially a deal rife with holes and misrepresentation to community!

    This just came across my desk. Most of you know that I have been urging the Council and Community leaders to talk about a number of critical matters affecting taxpayers and other members of the community. High on the list is the proposed granting of a project, Echo Bay, to Forest City Ratner. The potential deal is rife with holes, is cost negative, deals with an organization which has a poor reputation for honest brokering and, in fact, has been misrepresented to the community as a viable option for reducing City budget and taxpayers' burdens. As a point of fact, this proposed project directly affects the DPW yard as well as the Armory and volumes have also be written in opposition to each. They are inexorably connected to each other as well as needed commercial downtown development and the west end community scheduled to inherit a poorly thought out move of DPW functions from their present location to Beechwood Avenue.

    Echo Bay is largely a residential problems defined as being part of the overall waterfront development of New Rochelle. I have proposed that the City Council take a giant step backward and essentially see whether they can legally stop any further action on the DPW bond issue, which continues to rise, as does its budgeted costs. In addition, other expense items, such as the move to override the New York State's tax increase cap, has strongly suggested that the City Attorney look at the question of putting a hold on the proposed bonding of the DPW as well as the Echo Bay project. Strong opposition, both at the voting booth in terms of the recent run by Noam Bramson for County Executive, physical evidence of the community's growing view to cancel the Echo Bay project as designed, as well as a rather unprecedented violation of an agreed to Council Resolution to table further discussion on Echo Bay until early next year, has left many in the community with a bitter taste for how our community exercises the democratic process.

    This is not Toronto Canada. This is New Rochelle and to this point, I have received no evidence that the Council or Community would inquire as to their rights, roles, and responsibilities, both consistent with the City Charter and explicit in the growing viewpoint, both inside and outside of the City Council, on Echo Bay, the Armory, and the DPW Yard. As a former business executive, I see no reason not to review whether a poorly designed DPW project, with its questionable project information facts and thus, deficient location for a new yard, should not warrant an inquiry as to whether the bonding issue can be overturned even if a penalty clause was enacted. There are growing questions over additional tax to the community and real concerns over the quality and even honesty, over the various environmental impact statements, makes this imperative.

    Today, Bob Cox was successful in coming up with potentially disturbing information on the health and safety of the waters in the bay and there can be no question that the City Administration knew or should have known about the findings and conclusions. As I mentioned in other communicate, Con Edison has been developing plans and small-print publishing these in the local press. It is impossible for me, literally impossible for me to think that the findings by the Engineers on the quality of the water and other environmental findings, was unknown to the City and perhaps, to Forest City Ratner. What is more logical is to conclude that any further work on this key corridor on East Main Street should stop immediately, the legal staff or outside counsel should examine all project documentation and Environmental study information while also critically examine the growing tax payer expense base in New Rochelle and putting a hold on the bond issue for DPW (and so the project) as a short-term financial remedy for budget year 2014.Such would, in my judgment accomplish the positive purpose of cancelling the relationship with Forest City, seeing even in the most skeptical eyes that Echo Bay does not remotely resemble a waterfront development effort, and leave the Council free and unencumbered to do what the majority of the Community wants and needs, simply tax relief and fair, impartial, responsive and accountable government.

    I know some of the meanings and implications of the Cox findings, not all of it to be sure. I do not have to know any of it to judge that where there is smoke, there is fire. We have a cumulative effort as honest members of the voting public, to challenge this current government and its failure to protect the taxpayer and especially, to neglect the rule of city law as written in our City Charter.

    Tonight there is a Council meeting beginning at 7pm on the City Budget and perhaps the Echo Bay project. I call upon the Council to discuss in depth, fearlessly and openly the issues on the table and for those in the community who are rightfully concerned about these matters, to act aggressively and directly in expressing their views to their Council Members.

    Warren

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 1 day ago

    Anthony,

    I have read your post. It is better than most comments I have read at TOTS, because you have avoided meaningless hyperbole and insults, and instead are analytic and reporting what you believe to be facts.

    I am above board. I was not very focused on the County Executive Election, which I assumed would be an easy win for Noam, and only spent a few days assisting. I totally misread that election, starting with my being surprised that Ken Jenkins had not received the nomination at the Westchester Dem Committe convention last Spring. I then assumed that if Noam was able to get the nomination that he would also be able to get elected.

    As I had written, I am awaiting the WBOE to finish counting votes, and to publish the final summary of votes by municipalities, districts, machine ballots, absentee ballots and affidavit ballots. I am aware WBOE is still counting absentee ballots, but am unsure if they began counting affidavit ballots. When they have completed their tallies, the WBOE will publish the detailed results as pdf files, on the WBOE website. Their website is clumsy and difficult to navigate, and those pdfs are hard to locate.

    I already have about 12 years of those pdfs, and will compare past results to this year’s after this year's is published. I will probably then request electronic data, either actual spreadsheets or as a database. I will then import that data into my own database and create SQL queries to discover the particulars hidden within the data. This probably won’t be until early in 2014 at best.

    Depending on what I find, I may or may not agree with you, regarding ethnic and geographic phenomena within the election results. I had already indicated that in my previous TOTS post that you are responding to.

    Although I believe Ken Jenkins, himself, did support Noam’s campaign, and that Noam’s campaign was supported by the newspaper ‘The Westchester County Press’ I am uncertain what actually occurred in Yonkers, and as to whether that was due to geography, ethnicity, intra-party politics, inter-party politics, economics, none-of-the-above, some-of-the-above, or all-of-the-above. I am curious about the results in Mt Vernon, Greenburgh and Yorktown, this year as compared to 2009, and to compare the 2013 County Executive results to that of the 2013 County Clerk.

    Doing this might reveal geographic and ethnic issues that affected the 2013 election. But I don’t know how to use the election results to determine, to what extent taxes were an issue determining the outcome of the election.

    Certainly, anyone living in multiple family dwelling rental apartments in New Rochelle, Mt Vernon or Yonkers is largely unaffected by property taxes, and those voters probably would be unaffected by such tax issues.

    My gut feeling, is that taxes and other Tea Party issues, such as the historically obscure Gadsden Flag, were not major issues resulting in the election’s outcome. But on those issues, there is no way to know one way or the other.

    - Brian

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 2 days ago

    Amy Heyman,

    Are you a psychologist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst or other professional with expertise on personality disorders? If so, what is the nature of your expertise?

    If you do not have such professional expertise, then I and everyone else must take your description of Noam as being your personal opinion and not necessarily founded on professional psychological descriptions of personality. Obviously, you are entitled to your opinion, but that doesn't mean you are factually accurate.

    I dispute your stated assumption that "when one is in therapy, they have to recognize the fact that the therapist is the smarter one in the room". If Sigmund Freud or Albert Einstein or Richard Feynman were in therapy, each of those geniuses might well be much smarter than their therapist.

    The therapist's advantage would not be his own intelligence, nor would Freud's therapist necessarily be expected to be more expert on narcissism than would be Freud himself. The therapist's great advantage would be that he/she is not his/her own patient. However, the therapist would be subject to human errors in opinion or could be basing conclusions on inaccurate or unfounded or outdated disputed beliefs.

    Regarding the latest TOTS mantra, no one was waterboarded by anyone in city hall, and use of such hyperbole is obnoxious and counter-productive. Waterboarding is a specific, abhorrent torture used by the USA against Filipino nationalists in the 1920-30's and in Afghanistan by the USA against Afghanis in the 2000's.

    What you mean to describe, would be more accurately stated as that Mayor Noam Bramson took Councilwoman Shari Rackman aside, and convinced her to change her vote tabling a bill. That is run-of-the-mill politics that frequently happens in every legislative body in the USA, and is how the democratic process works throughout the USA, and no doubt also in most other democracies on a regular basis.

    Compare that to the infamous caning into unconsciousness of Senator Charles Sumner by Representative Preston Brooks, in Congress on May 22, 1856.

    Personally, I have never supported the Forest City Echo Bay 'development', nor moving City Yard to Beechwood, and I have often spoken and written against it in a variety of venues.

    I strongly urge the NR City Council to reject the Forest City 'development' and to find a better location for City Yard other than Beechwood.

    Whether or not a decision is tabled until 2014, is unimportant, compared to the real issue of whether the final decision is of rejection or acceptance. I expect that final decision to be within the next few months.

    How can you not realize that Shari Rackman's changing her vote to not tabling a decision to 2014, could well result in the City Council rejecting Forest City sooner than if it had been temporarily tabled?

    If Noam did put too much pressure on Shari, isn't that something that could ultimately be the very factor compelling her to reject Forest City?

    - Brian

  • Noam Bramson Owes An Apology...To Everyone   21 weeks 2 days ago

    Yes, the mayor owes an apology to all. However, in his eyes, he did nothing wrong. He is the center of his universe......a classic symptom of Narcissistic Personality Syndrome (as I've mentioned before).

    I believe he is unable to distinguish right from wrong; and, it is impossible for him to accept any other points of view.

    We can only hope that he is able to mellow out over the next two years.

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 2 days ago

    Brian, I must question your being "completely above board". Noam had the largest GOTV (Get Out The Vote) campaign ever seen in Westchester (I’ll bet you were part of it). He purposely reserved enough campaign finances to focus on GOTV. Noam conceded very early, as he did in the Tocci race, because he had strategic people placed at polling places he needed to win by specific margins. When the numbers were not conducive to a winning campaign Noam conceded. While the BOE does not have the certified results the overall story of the election can be written with certainty. Noam spent a great portion of his campaign funds in the Washington, D.C. area for campaign issue strategy. That think-tank recommended the Obama national approach and totally ignored the Tip O'Neil all politics is local mantra. Noam did get his ass kicked for many reasons; Noam doesn't understand his local constituents and because Noam is a big fish swimming in a little pond. His NR Democratic, mostly north-end followers could afford higher taxes and propelled him to his last 79% mayoral victory. County-wide, most constituents can't afford Noam's vision or record of creating new fees and raising taxes. That is the short version and then there are sub-plots like Noam losing Yonkers 59% to 41%. Yonkers has a super majority of Democratic registration. I believe African Americans sat this one out because Noam disrespected Ken Jenkins. Jenkins paid his dues on the county level and should have been the Dems choice. Not to mention, Noam barely won his hometown of New Rochelle by 53% to 47%, a 26% DECREASE from his last mayoral election. All of this information was available at latest NR Dem meeting you identifed.

    What's most interesting to me was that Tim Idoni only won by the same 53% to 47% over a candidate who had no money and did little to no mailings and or commercials. The thing that must be most upsetting to NR Democrats is the loss of Mary Jo Jacobs to County Legislator Sheila Marcotte. NR Dems had the perfect storm heading into Election Day. Noam & Tim running, a two-to-one registration advantage, every major NY Democratic politician endorsing Noam and even former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, stumped for Noam and Noam was humiliated by a 12% thrashing. So the NR Dems had all these “coat-tails” plus the registration advantage and Mary Jo still lost by 4%. To me, this reveals the awakening of people, regardless of political affiliation, who vote with their pocketbooks. They have awakened to the realization that everyone wants to help the disadvantaged but they can’t do it at the expense of their family’s survival. They can’t continue to absorb higher taxes and watch their homes be foreclosed. They can’t afford higher taxes when they don’t have the means to pay the electric bill. Noam had a great vision for Westchester, as he does for New Rochelle, but the fly in the ointment is that along the way, Noam’s path results in many being left behind or forced to move. The Echo Bay debacle was a tale of things to come for Noam accompanied by the Armory & Don’t Tread On Me Flag debacles that outraged Veterans and to my surprise, I was educated about Noam’s treatment of NR African Americans by the Zuber Riders.

    When Noam’s blue smoke and mirrors cleared, it was Noam’s record of failed development, higher taxes, new fees and a disconnect with the middle-class that lost the election. There was a clear and strong message sent by Westchester voters and that was; government needs to live within our means. Astorino’s record of reducing spending, smaller government and protecting property owners from HUD propelled Rob to a decisive victory. Astorino has become a master of doing more with less and that’s what the taxpayers of Westchester have had to accomplish personally in the current economic downturn. Taxpayers related to Astorino and realized the disconnect with Bramson.

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 2 days ago

    Dear Mr. Sussman:

    I feel the need to comment on your post. Yes, the Mayor is an intelligent, well-educated man. However, he suffers from narcissistic personality syndrome and is in need of help. Anyone who waterboards a member of Council and bullies just about everyone who doesn't do things his way is psychologically challenged. Perhaps talk therapy and meds are in order.

    The only problem is, when one is in therapy, they have to recognize the fact that the therapist is the smarter one in the room.

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 2 days ago

    I read about the Council meeting at TOTS, LoHud and Patch, but did not see the video. I appreciate that Shari and Ivar voted to table Forest City until 2014, and realize that she changed her vote on the tabling. I hope to see Ivar and Shari vote against Forest City, and believe if they stick to that position, that within a few months the City Council will reject it altogether.

    You can cite no under-handed tactics of mine, as I am completely above board. I have no personal, professional, political advantages or disadvantages in what I advocate for or against.

    I am more likely to directly question or dispute a Democratic politician's knowledge and perspectives, than that of a Republican politician. That is partly because most of our local, state and federal elected officials are Democrats, and also because I frequently have the opportunity to do so at our monthly NR Democratic Committee meetings (such as last week). I see many other local Democrats also raising questions and seeking solutions. And we do get answers. There’s democracy among Democrats.

    Regarding the recent County Executive election, I await the WBOE publishing the complete details of the election, so I can determine the demographic and geographic nature of the voter turnout. That will be available within a few months. The election results could have occurred for many reasons, and not necessarily the reasons you attribute. Depending on what conclusion I draw, I might explain it here at TOTS, or more discretely discuss it only with other Democrats.

    I’m more concerned about the 2014 congressional elections, and that the Democrats can regain a majority of the House of Representatives, than of losses in the 2013 county elections. National polls show that most Americans are fed up with all politicians, but are more unhappy with Republican congressmen, so next year might prove very exciting and unpredictable throughout the USA.

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 2 days ago

    I really should make an effort to meet my new neighbor. Perhaps a welcome basket would be appropriate. I will drop off information about Echo Bay and see if she would be willing to put a No Echo Bay sign on the lawn in front of her apartment building. I cannot believe of all the apartment buildings in New Rochelle, she would choice to live in the East End. Are we lucky or what!

    I just purchased a rake and will put her name on it, so she can help us clean up the Sun Haven circle this Saturday. It is all part of being a good neighbor.

    Who would like to sign the welcome card? Do not worry I will sign all our names. No one will be the wiser.

  • Questions of Fraud on Pro-Echo Bay Petition Submitted To New Rochelle City Council by Robin Sherman   21 weeks 2 days ago

    Brian,

    You clearly fell off the wagon again and I'm sorry about that, but let me fill you in on what's been going on in your absence. Bramson, the Harvard grad who you are so fond of, pulled one of the most unethical moves I have seen a mayor of NR pull in my entire life. He pulls a council woman into a room in order to pressure her into changing her vote in order to get his pet project built, regardless of whether is good or bad for the city. Moreover, his actions nearly caused a riot and his protégé, Barry Fertel, tried to instigate a fight--something which neither he nor Bramson has yet to apologize for. In addition, his "vision" for Westchester and the city has been clearly rejected by the voters. If he cannot accept that, then I suggest he step down and find another job. Until then, I have no respect for you or ANY politician who would use such underhanded tactics both on the Echo Bay issue and during his failed bid for County Executive.