Assemblyman George Latimer has informed Republican members of the New Rochelle City Council that the Assembly's Legislative Bill Drafting Committee (LBDC) has completed work on a draft of the proposed IDA bill that Latimer referred to the LBDC two weeks ago.
The LBDC draft proposes to amend Section 908-b of the general municipal law, as added by chapter 785 of the laws of 1976, adding language that requires action by the New Rochelle Council.Read more
Final State Budget Plan Includes Billions in Tax Increases and School Aid Cuts – Still No Cap on Local Property Taxes
WHITE PLAINS – State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R,I,C – 37th District) today expressed deep disappointment in Senator Oppenheimer and her Democratic colleagues in the Legislature for adopting a late budget that includes $4 billion in new taxes while cutting $1.4 billion in state aid to schools.
“Somehow Senator Oppenheimer and her allies in the Legislature have contrived a spending scheme that includes increases in taxes and overall spending, but reduces state aid to schools,” said Cohen. “Even in the midst of a financial crisis they cannot get their priorities straight.”
The final budget eliminates tax credits for business, suspends the sales tax exemption on clothing, and allows state and local governments to borrow from the state pension fund to make required contributions to the same fund – resulting in a hidden $1,300 tax on homeowners outside New York City. Missing in the final plan is the reinstatement of $1.4 billion in state school aid previously cut and a cap on out-of-control local school property taxes.Read more
How in the world do you think NY will ever come out of this recession if you keep making the state LESS competitive relative to neighboring states? I guess you weren’t satisfied that NY already has the highest taxes in the nation so you voted to take a few more dollars from our pockets so that you know we’ll still be on top.
When is enough enough already? Why didn’t you propose any cuts to state government? All you did, besides raising taxes, was cut aid to school districts which in turn are just going pass the revenue shortfall on to homeowners in the form of increased property taxes.
NYS has close to 200,000 employees but I don’t hear anything about layoffs which I find strange since everyone is cutting back these days. How about reforming or eliminating government pensions? Nobody in the private sector gets a pension these days, that ended a couple of decades ago. All we have now are self-funded 401k plans and that’s probably what the state should have too. Greenwich CT switched to 401ks a few years ago and I bet that saved them tons of money. The state could also tax pension benefits which are currently tax free, but I guess that’d be like cutting off their own hands so I don’t expect it to happen. No we’re going to rely on collecting cigarette taxes from the Indians to balance the budget. What a joke!Read more
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public statement hearings, and otherwise invites public comments, on a proceeding on motion of the Commission as to the rates, charges, rules and regulations of United Water New Rochelle Inc. (UWNR) for water service. The Proposal to raise rates is on the New York State web site.
Interested members of the public may provide their comments regarding this matter at public statement hearings to be held as follows:
Monday, August 2, 2010 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
New Rochelle City Hall
Public Hearing Room
515 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10801
The public will have an opportunity to present its comments at the hearings before Administrative Law Judge Eleanor Stein. A verbatim transcript of the hearing will be made for inclusion in the record of this proceeding.Read more
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