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.
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.Read more
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