July 2010

The Importance of Educators in New Rochelle to Serve as Role Models for Children

July 01, 2010 - 22:41

My recent remarks to the Board of Education

Before I begin tonight with my prepared remarks on the importance of educators in New Rochelle to serve as role models for children I wanted to mention that the City of New Rochelle intends to begin televising meetings of the IDA, Planning Board and Zoning Appeals Board in the same way as the City Council - live and archived on the web.

When first raised some on the City Council expressed concern as to the cost of wiring the meeting room at Beaufort or the cost of televising each meeting. As it turned the entire annual cost turned out to be about $8,000. A small price to deliver transparency and fulfill the promise of our democracy.

I know some on this board take a perverse pride in preventing live televised coverage of Board of Education meetings (hint: Deidre Polow) but for those who reject this Anti-American and even Stalinist mentality, I would encourage you to deliver on Mr.

New Rochelle IDA Executive Director Schulman Removed in Wake of Daming Comptroller Audit of City Agency

July 01, 2010 - 21:50

NRIDA June 2010.jpgJeremy Schulman has been removed from his role managing the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency and replaced by Development Commissioner Michael Freimuth in the wake of a damning audit by the Office of State Comptroller which found that NRIDA failed to evaluate and monitor tens of millions dollars in tax breaks given to developers.

In a thinly-veiled attempt at damage control, Michael Freimuth (above left) asked Chuck Strome (above center) and the IDA Board to pass a resolution creating a new position of Assistant to the Secretary of the Board then asked the board to appoint him to that newly created position so he could have legal access to NRIDA documents while avoiding the necessity of formally taking away and assuming Schulman's title of Executive Director.

New York Comptroller Audit Finds Lax Record-Keeping, Hundreds of Vacancies at MTA-owned Properties

July 01, 2010 - 21:01

Thomas DiNapoli New York State Comptroller.jpgThe Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) is missing significant opportunities to save money and generate greater revenues through its vast real estate portfolio, according to an audit New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released today. DiNapoli’s audit found the MTA routinely spends more than $25 million a year on rent without assessing whether some of its vacant properties can meet its office space needs. The MTA also did not have a strategic plan for marketing its real estate holdings, and had not met the Public Authorities Law reporting requirements to publish a list of the holdings until June 2010.

“Millions of New Yorkers rely on the MTA,” DiNapoli said. “Those New Yorkers can’t afford to pay more while the MTA ignores potential cost savings. But that’s exactly what has happened here.

“Before making drastic service cuts and talking about fare hikes, the MTA has to maximize the value of its real estate holdings by advertising their availability and ensuring that it’s receiving market-rate rents for prime properties.

Good Luck New Rochelle, my last post

July 01, 2010 - 12:44

To all of my friends, foes, supporters and people I have met and helped along the way. I would like to thank you for helping to mould me into the person I’ve become. This morning on WVOX a person took a shot at me. I have no problem with that, I am a big boy with broad shoulders and never claimed to be able to walk on water. Being the up front, in-your-face person I am, I called them and needless to say a very heated debate took place. During that exchange my residency, health and disability came into question with this person saying I should be investigated. My residency is a tactic used to cloud the issue or divert the debate away from the facts I present. My heath and disability is another story. After ending the conversation I realized that an honest debate based on issues and facts will never be a realistic possibility. While I have always said politics is all about power and money when we cross the line into ones health to the point of investigation then I must withdraw to protect myself and my family.

I cherish my days battling for the Armory and will continue to do what I can quietly. I have fully enjoyed participating on WVOX and on New Rochelle Talks.

Motion Denied: Court Rules Against Cappelli in LeCount Square Case at 5 Anderson

July 01, 2010 - 05:11

In yet another attempt to protect his assets against angry business associates, Cappelli Enterprises failed to convince a judge to dismiss a lawsuit regarding the troubled developers failure to comply with contracts and aggreements between owners of 5 Anderson St and the developer. This latest setback comes on the heels of the most recent extension of the MOU between the City of New Rochelle and it's prized developer. How bad does it have to get?

Special thanks to Greg Maker and the Sound Report, Anthony Galleta, and the staff at Talk of the Sound for their contributions

As Latimer Throws Bramson Under the Bus, Let's take a Moment to Reflect on Some Points

July 01, 2010 - 03:04

In case you haven't heard of the latest sneak attack to destroy the Armory, or the backlash from citizens, all resulting in Senators and members of the Assembly alike scrambling to put distance between themselves and our very own Mayor, well now would be a good time to review. In reading the stories above, you'll see the mayors attempt to move legislation forward, on his own behalf, without the "courtesy" of notifying the complete city council. Talk about backfiring! Within, 36 hours (impressive considering this happened over a weekend} , Senators Klein and Oppenheimer, along with Assembly Members Latimer and Paulin told constituents they would not proceed with the pending legislation. To his credit, Senator Klein was reported as saying he was told ( by Mayor Bramson himself)the Armory issues were resolved. Also to his credit, he felt it important enough to actively remove his name from the bill. A small gesture, but not unnoticed. The rest left their names on, to presumably let the bill "sunset" until next year. Mr. Latimer issued a lengthy statement revealing perhaps more than he intended.