I have been asked to be a guest on Mike Scully's radio show on WVOX at 10:30 AM along with Anthony Galletta, a former Co-Chair of the Save Our Armory Committee who played a lead role in pushing back on Mayor Bramson's attempt to pass a home rule bill that would pave the way for the destruction of the New Rochelle Armory.
You can tune at 1460 AM or listen over the internet at http://wvox.com/
You can call in at 914-636-0110. Speaking for myself, I would especially like to hear from those who support the Mayor's decision to request a home rule bill and might help explain his side of the issue.
If you are not familiar with the issue be sure to read:Read more
The New England Thruway was closed for hours this afternoon following a multi-car collision on I-95 North near Exit 16 in New Rochelle involving 3 white vans, an SUV and a car. One person was reported in critical condition. Survivors were rushed from the scene in multiple ambulances.
Like Tojo before him, Mayor Bramson's sneak attack on a (former) Naval installation offered the illusion of victory but served instead to galvanize opposition as New Rochelle veterans organized a counteroffensive, returned fire and drove Bramson and his allies from the field.
New Rochelle veterans "accepted" the Mayor's unconditional surrender on the deck of the New Rochelle American Legion Post 8 where Ron Tocci, former New York State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and co-Chair of the Save Our Armory Committee broke the news to a room packed with veterans and their supporters.
NOTE: this video will be replaced by a more comprehensive report once I have the time to edit the video.Read more
What would make a Senator, who previously fully supported the restoration and re-use of the Armory, suddenly take part in a backhanded, rush through, get it done before the public finds out, type of legislation? Pro Armory one minute, tear it down the next. Even Forest City has admitted the Armory can be utilized as Echo Bay is developed. Senator Klein, it is my opinion that you have become spineless in your ability to be a leader, no longer deserving of the peoples trust. The voting booth will show that loss of trust. Cowardly and backhandedly, you chose to turn on you constituents who have previously supported you. Are you taking campaign money from Forest City or the Ratners like Mayor Bramson did What price was it worth to sell out the trust of the people? Stop it Senator and act like an adult, Senator and citizen. You haven't had one single discussion about the merits of saving the Armory, so how could you possibly make an informed decision, unless of course, you are being co-opted by money or undue influence. Goodbye Senator, your carreer is over. You want proof of the 2 faces? Here you go. http://www.newrochelletalk.com/node/2145Read more
As co-chairperson of the Save Our Armory Committee I and our secretary Lorraine Pierce sat in Senator Klein’s office to garner his support to save the New Rochelle Armory. Without hesitation or a second thought, Senator Klein pledged his wholehearted support and a few days later memorialized his support in a letter dated October 25, 2006. Senator Klein states; “I am writing this letter in support of your group’s effort to save the New Rochelle Armory. The Armory is a site of significant historical importance to the City of New Rochelle and should be preserved”. Now, less than four years later, Senator Klein has stabbed his New Rochelle constituents in the back by co-sponsoring a bill with Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (S08307) which would allow Mayor Bramson “to sell, alienate and convey waterfront real property”. The Armory is not mentioned by name but if you read the entire bill the coordinates include the Armory. This legislation comes on the same day (6/22) of the special election where Sheila Marcotte, a republican, decisively defeated Greg Varian, a democrat, for Vito Pinto’s vacant county legislator seat.Read more
With the state government deadlocked in a budget battle as the legislative calendar draws to a close, Mayor Noam Bramson is working with the four state representatives of New Rochelle in Albany to sneak through last minute legislation authorizing the City of New Rochelle to tear down the Naval Armory in New Rochelle.
State Senator Jeff Klein and State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer have co-sponsored bill S8307 in the New York Senate. State Assembly Representative Amy Paulin and State Assembly Representative George Latimer sponsored bill A11554. The bills are identical and are summarized on the New York State Assembly web site as follows:
Authorizes the city of New Rochelle to sell, alienate and convey waterfront real property. [NOTE: The full bill is published below]
The Mayor plans to call a special meeting of the City Council this week to pass a resolution acting on the two bills, if passed, to immediately authorize the imminent destruction of the Armory, sources say.Read more
WHITE PLAINS – Citing an ongoing federal investigation into the convoluted and secretive organizational structure and campaign practices of the Working Families Party (WFP), state Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R, I, C – 37th District) today called on incumbent Senator Oppenheimer to reject the Party’s endorsement. Cohen also said that the WFP’s big spending, anti-taxpayer agenda would do further damage to the weakened economy and a state government on the brink of financial collapse.
“If Senator Oppenheimer has any interest in reforming Albany and working toward lasting solutions to solve the state’s fiscal crisis, the first thing she needs to do is reject the endorsement of the Working Families Party,” said Cohen, who noted that the Senator has consistently run with the WFP endorsement in the past. “The Party is clearly standing in the way of reform and its radical, costly agenda would only add to the financial burdens already facing overtaxed New Yorkers.”Read more
Oppenheimer Co-sponsored Bill Now Awaits Governor’s Approval
The New York State Legislature passed legislation protecting families and children affected by autism spectrum disorders from exorbitant healthcare costs. Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) was a key co-sponsor of the legislation (S7000B), which passed the Senate on June 9th, with unanimous, bipartisan support. Earlier this week, the Assembly passed the bill, which will now be sent to the Governor for his approval.
The bill would amend existing insurance and public health laws to require health insurance providers to cover the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. It mandates that policies provide coverage for autistic individuals throughout their lifetimes with no financial cap. The bill also provides clarity to consumers and insurers as to the extent of medical coverage. The State Commissioner of Health, in consultation with the Superintendent of Insurance and the Commissioners of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, would be responsible for identifying covered treatment and therapy options.Read more