Perhaps you've seen the scathing evaluation of Forest City's modus operandi reported by the watchdog group Cause of Action. If you happened to miss Part 1, you can read it by clicking HERE. Part 1 demonstrates just how far a corporation can go if you spend your money wisely.
Well, Part 2 is out and it goes on to further reinforce just how taxpayers are "victimized" by FCE's manipulation of the process. Read Part 2 HERE. Anyone who has followed the saga in New Rochelle knows how bad the deal is for New Rochelle, but Cause of Action really drills down on the numbers and "procedure" used by FCE as they make profit on the backs of the unsuspecting local resident. Veiled with promises of jobs and revenue for the city, as you look at their past performance, you quickly realize there is nothing of value added to our city if Mayor stays in bed with this crew. $5,000.00 just from the Ratner family alone, coupled with over $17,000 from FCE "associates"
This is a must read for anyone who cares about the quality of life in the City they love.
Here's a few quotes from the report:
" However, once FCE receives public financial support, it often renegotiates or delays implementation of the benefits that it had previously promised. In short, it lobbies, profits, and then bilks the taxpayers by breaching its promise to the community."
"To date, the Barclay’s Center has been completed, but only 1,900 part time jobs have been created and the affordable housing remains unfinished." (editor's note - This is down from a promised 10,000 permanent jobs promised)
"Echo Bay fits the pattern that CoA exposed with FCE’s past projects. Specifically, FCRG scaled back the scope of its original proposal, which offered 150,000 square feet of retail and 600 luxury apartments. Additionally, FCE’s consultants for the project gave $17,000 in campaign contributions to Mayor Noam Bramson, who is a staunch defender of the project."
FCE promises New Rochelle 59 jobs and is asking for 20 million in tax abatements. You do the math.
Hat's off to Cause of Action and their due diligence. I thank you, and the residents of New Rochelle who have taken the time to learn the facts thanks you.
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DO NOT support the recent loser of the County Executive race Noam Bramson
There is a City Council meeting this Tuesday, November 12th to further discuss this debacle. Show up and have your say, it's Citizens to Be Heard night! They have the topic on the agenda but no particulars as of yet.
The only thing evil needs to survive is for good people to do nothing. Don't do nothing !