Are we selling off yet another City Owned Property that has been poorly managed and cared for, for how much and why?
I didn’t even realize it was owned by the city. There is some great work going on in that area and I sure hope this is part of the plan and we see the true value for that property.
I saw this today when I received an e-mail from the city because I have subscribed to Current Bids & RFPs on www.newrochelleny.com which sends out updates and new items. If you go to the city web site you can sign up to get information sent to you on several different items. Just go to the city site and click on the "Notify Me" heading on the lower left hand side of the page and you can sign on to receive e-mails on many different important things going on in the city.I see these things because I subscribe. What about the citizens that don't. We need to develope a better way to let the community know what is being done with our tax dollars.Read more
Last night in a 7-0 Vote the New Rochelle City Council vote to extend the “Waiver” for the 150 students in the North Avenue Dorms. To City Council it sounded like the committee process was moving along and should be given a chance to work. There were several members that didn’t seem to want to go for the full five years. The neighbors would agree. They would have rather seen the extension only for another year so they could see the final plan. Once a plan is shown, then a discussion could be had about a further “Waiver extension” going forward.
Please, it is not about the 150 students! The neighbors realize this is not a process that can be completed over night. But it should be more forth coming with time lines and holding Iona College and The City Council accountable. Right now they write the rules and change them as needed, as is their right under their personal CR1 Zoning. The neighbors are unhappy about the situations that continue to resurface time and again with Iona College asking for changes and extensions with little to no push back from The City Council or Planning Board. Iona College has not just started this process; they have some goal or objective in sight. They just aren’t saying.Read more
Journal News Letter to the Editor, July 14, 2012
Re: "NY, Local Agencies fail to file reports", July 4, 2012
Despite the City of New Rochelle's IDA and dormant LDC'S failure to file their required state budget and audit reports in March 2012, the City Council without hesitation appointed the members of their IDA to a new LDC. Is it any wonder that David Kidera, Executive Director, Authorities Budget Office, stated that "almost every New York resident and taxpayers are impacted by state and local IDA, LDC questioned authorities," calling for a "comprehensive debate on the future of our public authorities." He clearly questioned whether taxpayers can afford to support the system this State has. Will New York State create their own Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crisis?Read more
Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that video of the Acquisition and Contracts Board meetings will soon be available on the Westchester County website. The tool will be the latest in a series of steps taken to make Westchester County government more open and transparent.
"During my campaign, I made a pledge that I would not only seek to reduce the cost of government, but that I would also shine a light on exactly how the public's hard-earned tax dollars are being spent," Astorino said. "Making video of the Acquisition and Contract Board meetings available to the public and allowing residents to view discussions taking place at the committee table in real time is a significant step toward transparency of government."Read more
There were no surprises at the June 28, 2012 meeting of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA). With no discussion before the approval of the Consolidated Bond Application for 55 Maple Avenue this application was passed with no regard for how it will create permanent jobs in the City which is a requirement of IDA funding. Previously Chuck Strome had stated that only temporary construction jobs would be created. However, Strome did emphatically emphasize that the City of New Rochelle had no financial responsibility for the bonds which if approved will be used to finance the project. No IDA member was concerned about that no permanent jobs in New Rochelle were created by this project which is a state IDA requirement.Read more
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends,
New Rochelle City Council prepares to vote on yet another site specific zoning amendment for Iona College with no Master Plan in place. There has got to be some kind of plan. They just don’t acknowledge it like the City Council does not acknowledge the City Charter. That way there is more flexibility especially if no one challenges their decisions.
Let me start by saying that this is not an Anti-Iona campaign. We want to see Iona College succeed. Iona College is part of this city and can be a part of the fix for the North Avenue corridor with proper planning and management. The concerns are the continual problem of poor planning; procedures, policies and past bad planning decisions on the part of Iona College, The City Council, City Management and City Staff of New Rochelle. They all have a bad habit of letting history repeat itself when it comes to planning and development. We need to get it right this time.Read more
Last night I spent a few hours with some exceptional people. The Citizens Reform Club held a meeting at the VFW Hall on North Avenue and the featured guest was George Latimer who is running for NYS Senate. A fine man and fine public servant who was generous with his time and articulate on his views.
But, he left as planned for his next engagement and the couple of dozen people in the room began to discuss other topics. I will not identify them nor will I cover the topics in any depth. I just want to point out how critical it is to our regeneratiion as a community to have such people in our midst.
One young man, known to some of you enthusiastically mentioned the need and his commitment to build this community into a functioning and caring collectivity. He committed himself to this effort and sought support. What resonated to me was both the sheer joie de vivre of what he was saying and his utter distress at the apathy he is personally experiencing. We let it end at that point but ideas were floating and there is something in the wind.Read more
I will be mercifully brief. You brought the equivalent of the Brooklyn Bridge and it is getting harder and harder to divest. While you are at it, look at your property and other taxes, school district issues, and other serious urban indicators of decline or decay.
You earned it! You enabled it! You rationalized that everything was fine, the principle cause of below New Rochelle griping and whining was either because they were untermenchen or that's just the way "people are." And, frankly, "those people" deserve it because of their inability to focus beyond the isolated indicators such as traffic and parking, or the alleged crooked, manipulative, and patronizing ways of Bramson and before him, Idoni.
Let me tell you that things are not that simple. The old maxim of "keeping your friends close and your enemies closer" comes into play.
Let me begin with headlines -- the City is undergoing massive disruption not always evident by the indicators you see and rarely by the explanations given. Look at your quality of life, your safety and security, your asset value, your school system drift.Read more