Assembly Representative George Latimer expects to act soon on a "home rule" request by the three Republican members of the City Council that would give the City Council final say in granting benefits to IDA applicants.
"My policy is to draft and submit any local bills requested, so after I touch base with [my colleagues here in Albany] I would expect we would do so again", Latimer told Talk of the Sound in an email, referencing he controversial New Rochelle Armory home rule request made last month by Mayor Noam Bramson.
"I will send it to the Legislative Bill Drafting Commission and will send the draft they develop to the three Council members for their review. If the language is OK, we would submit it for a number, and then the City Council can schedule a meeting to discuss a home rule resolution."
As Talk of the Sound reported yesterday, Richard St. Paul, Louis Trangucci and Albert Tarantino, the three Republican members of the New Rochelle City Council made a home rule request of New Rochelle's four Albany lawmakers -- State Senators Jeff Klein and Suzi Openheimer and State Assembly Representatives Amy Paulin and George Latimer -- earlier this week.
The home rule request would allow the City of New Rochelle to have full power to approve the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency (IDA) decisions as it relates to to IDA applicants. The request come in the wake of a Comptroller's audit of the agency which found a complete lack of process and documentation for IDA decisions.