As I opened my mailbox last evening I thought I was the recipient of yet another election campaign mailer. I was wrong. It was a mass mailing from Forest City Residential Group about their proposed Echo Bay Development. The address was from their offices at 1 Metrotech Center in Brooklyn. Let the self-serving promotions begin. Pretty soon we will see the full page ads in the Journal news.
Echo Bay: A New Waterfront.
A picture of the rendering from their artist which everyone has seen with the caption:
-Now is the time to transform New Rochelle…
-Learn more at Echobayny.com
-Echo Bay will generate $307 million in economic benefits.
-Echo Bay will generate $48 million in revenue.
On the other side was a picture of the City Yard:
New Rochelle has 10 acres of wasted waterfront…
-The site is also a contaminated brownfield.
-Generates zero tax revenue.
-Used as a waterfront parking lot for city garbage trucks.
-Costs millions of your tax dollars to maintain and repair.
Let’s revitalize New Rochelle…
Many New Rochelle residents see things differently but are not heard. There has been so much miss-information related to Echo Bay and several other projects in New Rochelle that a group called Citizens for a Better New Rochelle was formed.
Citizens for a Better New Rochelle are a non-political/bipartisan group of New Rochelle citizens with various economic, ethnic, and professional backgrounds. Many of us from New Rochelle know this group and support them.
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There is another group that has been following Forest City Enterprises and their antics as well. They are called Cause of Action. Like Citizens for a Better New Rochelle, Cause of Action is a non-profit, nonpartisan government accountability organization that fights to protect economic opportunity when federal regulations, spending and cronyism threaten it.
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In August they released an article which exposes the money trail between Forest City Enterprises and its political friends that have resulted in a decade of kickbacks for both Forest City Enterprises and politicians. In the article it is said that between 2002 and 2012, Forest City Enterprises, its subsidiaries, and its employees spent $23 million on campaign contributions and lobbying at the federal, state, and local level. Read more:
Many of you have seen this information. For those of you that haven’t, take the time to learn more about what is going on here in New Rochelle and across the country. Be informed and go to Echobayfacts.com, Causeofaction.org and read more than the short advertising styled words of Forest City Residential Group. If only the citizens of New Rochelle had a multi-million dollar promotional and advertising budgets and funds to draw from like Forest City Enterprises, Forest City Residential Group and many of our/their Politian’s.