Taxpayers Paid an Extra $230 for Senator to Drive to Albany and ‘Work’ for 12 Minutes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today blamed Senator Oppenheimer and her colleagues in the Senate leadership for the lack of a single accomplishment in the special session called by the Governor this week. Because of a parliamentary procedure that allows the Democratic majority to gavel into session and immediately gavel out without taking up a single bill, Senator Oppenheimer took a futile, all expenses paid trip to Albany courtesy of taxpayers.
“There is a lot of unfinished business that could have been taken care of – not the least of which being a property tax cap,” said Cohen. “But Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Democratic leadership chose to block the Governor’s agenda, take no actions of their own, and enjoy a free trip to Albany at taxpayer expense.”
Cohen noted that in addition to the property tax cap, there were several other important bills on the Governor’s agenda, including an extension of the Power for Jobs program and a proposed budget contingency plan should the state not receive $1 billion in federal Medicaid (FMAP) assistance.Read more
Candidate: With Westchester Households Paying the Highest Property Taxes in the Nation Senator Should Be Leading the Charge
WHITE PLAINS – Citing the growing momentum for a cap on local property taxes, state Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today called on Senator Oppenheimer to put aside her covenants with the Working Families Party and other special interests opposed to the cap, and lead an effort to enact the plan during Wednesday’s special session.
“For many Westchester families this could be the first tangible, positive development from Albany in many years,” said Cohen. “We’ve reached a crisis situation here. The growth rate of property taxes is unsustainable, especially for the elderly, working families and small businesses. Senator Oppenheimer needs to stop burying her head in the sand and support this legislation.”Read more
Domenic Procopio has been receiving “Special Illegal Privileges” for over a decade. These privileges include property tax breaks, school tax breaks, parking and moving violation breaks, etc… It was discovered that Domenic Procopio was and still is receiving STAR Tax breaks on more then one of his properties. STAR Tax break is ONLY eligible for a person’s primary residence. It was also discovered that Domenic Procopio was also receiving Combat Veteran Tax Breaks on his properties. The funny thing here is that Mr. Precopio NEVER served in any of the Armed Forces of these Great United States. So how was it that he was grated such a break? If you ask Mayor Noam Bramson, he’ll tell you it was a clerical error. BULL!!!. There is no way this was an error. This was a deliberate illegal favor given to Domenic Procopio by Tim Idoni, the current County Clerk and carried out by City Manager Chuck Strome and current Mayor Noam Bramson. The issue here is why hasn’t Domenic Procopio been relinquished of his title? I’ll tell you why. Political connections run deep. The corruption in New Rochelle City Hall is so bad that sitting elected officials are afraid to do anything in fear of all the scandals and corruption being uncovered.Read more
Just days after Talk of the Sound reported that convicted felon Vito Costa had been hired as Assistant Director of Maintenance at the SUNY College of Optometry, the school has confirmed that Costa is no longer working at the school.
"It is the policy of the State University of New York not to comment on personnel matters", said Ann Warwick, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the SUNY College of Optometry, in response to an inquiry from Talk of the Sound. "However, we can verify that Mr. Vito Costa is no longer an employee of the State University or the SUNY College of Optometry".
Warwick declined to respond to questions as to the SUNY policy regarding the hiring of convicted felons or address what sort of background check is done prior to extending a job offering.Read more
State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R, I, C - 37th District) yesterday announced that he has signed the Westchester County Association’s (WCA) Call to Action Campaign Pledge and chided Senator Oppenheimer for already breaking the promises she made when she signed.
“I applaud the WCA for their leadership in the fight to reform Albany and am honored to take an active part in their efforts,” said Cohen. “I am committed to the structural reforms the WCA is calling for and will fight to get them enacted as a member of the state Senate. Senator Oppenheimer may have also signed the pledge, but one would never know it from her actions. By voting for a budget that stands contrary to everything the pledge embodies, she has broken the promises she made when she signed on with the program.”
The pledge mirrors many elements of Cohen’s platform, calling on candidates for state Legislature to commit to fundamental reforms necessary to return the state to financial stability and economic competitiveness. Specifically, the pledge asks candidates to commit to the following:
* A balanced budget completed on time and without increased taxes, fees, assessment or borrowing
* Full disclosure of all outside income
* A non-partisan commission to redraw legislative district lines
When New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramon's end run to get control of the New Rochelle Naval Armory was discovered, the Save Our Armory (SOA) Committee jumped into action. An emergency meeting was called by the committee when it was learned that Mayor Bramson had enlisted State legislators to change the Armory's deeded conditions. The City of New Rochelle was deeded the Naval Armory by the State of New York in August 1997 for $1. The deed stipulated that the premises were to be "improved and maintained" and used for public purposes, "for park, recreation, street and highway purposes, including incidental, necessary municipal business..." Bramson's proposed bill was supported in the State legislature by Senators Jeff Klein and Suzi Oppenheimer and in the Assembly by members George Latimer and Amy Paulin. All four claimed they had heard the problems associated with the New Rochelle Armory had been resolved locally. When Klein learned this was not true, he immediately withdrew his support of the bill, as did the others.Read more
Mike Scully took the whole hour of his show on Wednesday to step-by-step through the recent controversy over the fate of the New Rochelle Armory in what may well now be Anthony Galletta's last full hour on WVOX. If you are looking for a primer on what all the fuss has been about this week, this 46 minutes audio of Mike's show is about as good as you are going to get.
Click link to listen to WVOX Podcast of Mike Scully Show with guests Bob Cox and Anthony Galletta on the New Rochelle Armory Controversy. You can even download the mp3 file, put it on your iPod and take it with you to the beach this Fourth of July weekend.
0:00 - 7:50 Intro and Initial Discussion
Is the Armory controversy more about disappointment with failed development in New Rochelle? What are the costs of saving the Armory?
7:50 - 11:10 Caller: Rosemarie
Armory should be a "place of interest" in New Rochelle, hate to see Armory torn down, suggests Capelli should get involved.
Not a Republican v. Democrat issue.
11:10 - 13:50 Vision for Armory
A loft-like, modern space, updated structureRead more
NOTE: I have included the full text below for search engine purposes.
Hon. Jeffrey Klein
Capitol Building Room 427
Albany, NY 12247
Via FAX: 518·426-6887
Hon. Suzl Oppenheimer
Legislative Office Building. Room 806
Albany, NY 12247
Via FAX: 518-426·6860
Hon. Amy Paulin
Legislative Office Building, Room 621
Albany, NY 12248
Via FAX: 518·455·5409
Hon. George Latimer
Legislative Office Building, Room 656
Albany. NY 12248
Via FAX: 518·455-4861
Dear Senators Klein and Oppenheimer, Assembly Members Paulin and Latimer:
I am writing to request the drafting and filing of State legislation under Home Rule provisions to allow the City of New Rochelle to have full power of ownership, and the authority to convey same. of the parcel known as the New Rochelle Armory site. This parcel holds great potential for achieving important planning and economic objectives on the Echo Bay Waterfront including enhanced public access to the Long Island Sound shore.