The past two Board of education meetings have been dominated by public speakers on the sole issue of out of district busing for student enrolled in private schools, primarily to the SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY and The French American School in Larchmont, NY. Both schools are wonderful and are highly respected institutions and many New Rochelle residents would love to send their children there, but…and this is where it gets interesting, tuition at both this institutions cost over $21,000 per student per academic year. The SAR Academy’s tuition for K-8 is an astonishing $21,300, plus a $4,000 building fund per family per year. The French American School’s tuition for k-8 is a whopping $21,400 - $23,420 (depending on grade), plus an additional $2,000 per student per year for ESL.
Now, if you can afford to send your children to any of these schools, you make more than enough to pay for busing your child to and from your home to the school. For that tuition, the school should include busing for those that need it.Read more
This article is intended to shed some light on the hidden costs and threats to your rights as a property owner in the City of New Rochelle. Links are provided throughout the article providing a true glimpse into the back-story and agenda yet to be provided by city council. If you care about your rights as a property owner, or just want to know more, please take some time to read more about the revenge of unintended consequences associated with handing over control to outside influence.Read more
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Following Anthony Galletta's reporting on the state of affairs in New Rochelle is always an eye opener. His recent debunking of the mayor's voodoo economic numbers regarding the purported "net benefit" bestowed upon the citizens of this city is a case in point. In Part 1,he points out how the stated benefit from development has apparently grown from a $2million to a $7.5 million benefit in just 18 months(I wonder if the election year has helped pump up the numbers, or are we really doing that well). In Part 2, he provides a glimpse into the real numbers affecting the cost side of the "net benefit" equation. As usual, well done Anthony!Read more
On the January 28 edition of the Talk of the Sound Radio Show, outgoing IDA member Lloyd Robinson was offered the perfect platform to showcase just how the City of New Rochelle has benefitted from the incentives handed out to the the developers of New Roc, the Avalon(s) and Trump buildings. Sadly enough, Mr. Robinson was either ill-prepared or clueless in his ability to quote any hard facts or figures that would support the pipe dream of how we have enriched ourselves by the decisions made by the IDA.Read more
Like the song says, “It’s just forty-five minutes from Broadway” but make sure you go to the bathroom before you leave by train for the city, cause you won’t find one at the Station. That’s the sad new reality for the 7th largest city in the state. Not enough in the kitty to keep a toilet at the Metro-North station up and running, “But hey, take a gander at this terrific skyline we have over here, you can see it from the Throgs Neck bridge! and by god that’s an authentic “Trump” tower, did ya’ know that? And how ‘bout those cool plans for the Post Office block and the waterfront behind the Armory? Whadda’ ya’ mean what’s an Armory? It’s an armory.” Of course my view of New Rochelle is from across the border here in Larchmont, but my mom and dad’s families are from Broadview, and Faneuil Place, Iona Prep, Holy Family, and The Ursuline School. I bought my Converse high-tops at Allen’s when it was on Huguenot and my clothes from Arnold Constable and Paul Scott’s. Proctor’s (up the stairs to the balcony) on Saturday nights. My grandmother took me to Schraft’s for lunch for a good report card and I skated on Twin Lakes in front of the High school long before the big fire in ’68.Read more
Eighteen months ago, Mayor Bramson touted a $2 million surplus from New Rochelle development on his bi-weekly radio show on WVOX. I challenged Bramson on air and on Talk of the Sound; he NEVER responded to verify his claim so I challenged Bramson again. For various reasons, Mayor Bramson was not on air for a total of six weeks, missing three consecutive shows. Bramson was humiliated because he had the wrong number of school children from Avalon 1 & 2 in his computations. I applied the exact number, obtained through FOIL, in my calculations while the Mayor of New Rochelle had “official” misinformation.
This past Tuesday on his bi-weekly show Mayor Bramson updated his figures and now proclaims a $7.5 million net benefit from New Rochelle development. Bramson couldn’t substantiate his original figures and the revised figures amount to nothing more than political propaganda in an election year. Using the current 2011 tax levy Avalon 1 & 2 should pay $10,042,821 in total for City, School & Library taxes. The breakdown is:
City tax $2,136,444
School tax $7,728,762