During his radio show on Tuesday, Mayor Noam Bramson commented publicly for the first time on the findings of the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) Audit of the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency, first reported by Talk of the Sound.
To listen you can download the 3 minute audio file here (3.7 MB .mp3 file)
The Mayor said the OSC issues audits like this for IDA's all the time. He said they are often quite similar in their content and cited a "recent or contemporaneous" audit of the Yonkers IDA that had many of the same conclusions.
A check of the OSC web site shows there is no such recent audit of the Yonkers IDA.
The most recent audit of the Yonkers IDA was made public on February 23, 2009.Read more
WHITE PLAINS - State Senate candidate Bob Cohen (R, I, C - 37th District) today condemned legislation passed by the Senate last week that threatens the supply of home heating oil and could increase costs by as much as $.90 per gallon in the event of a severe winter. Cohen called the measure another blow to Westchester families already suffering from out-of-control property taxes.
"With all of the attention focused on the Legislature's inability to negotiate a budget, it is easy to forget about the other lapses in common sense coming from Albany," said Cohen. "This one is inexcusable. People are having a hard enough time making ends meet. The last thing the Senate should be doing is finding ways to increase the cost of living."
The legislation (S.1145-C) would limit the sulfur content of heating oil to 15 parts per million by July 1, 2012. Engineering evaluations show that it will take a minimum of four years for refineries to have the proper infrastructure and processes in place to comply with the new mandate. A recent study found that the resulting shortage could lead to increases in costs of $.20 - $.30 per gallon in a mild winter, and as much as $.60 - $.90 per gallon in a severe winter. The added costs to New York home heating oil users ranges from $1 billion to $3 billion per winter and averages $600 per family.Read more
Polling Locations are same as usual but if you are not sure visit the Westchester County Board of Elections Polling Place Locator.
You can watch the non-official tally of election results here: Westchester County Special Election County Legislative District 10
If you have any questions or experience any problems voting click here.
For those not sure of their district you can see if you are in District 10, click the map below:Read more
Talk of the Sound has obtained a copy of an IDA Audit Report of the New Rochelle IDA (NRIDA) which is expected to be released by the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) next month. The document is meant to be public, has been circulated within City Hall but is not on the agenda for the IDA meeting scheduled tomorrow. A brief review of the summary shows why the IDA would prefer to kick the report down the road into the summer months when they hope less people will notice -- it is a devastating report which confirms what many critics have long contended about an IDA with no defined process for approving projects, no effort to monitor ongoing projects and a generally sloppy, make-it-up-as-you-go approach while doling out tens of millions of dollars in bonds, tax incentives and other goodies to politically-connected developers with no particular concern over whether the projects deliver upon promised results.Read more
NEWS from The Westchester Independence Party
White Plains, N.Y. - Dr. Giulio Cavallo, Chairman of the Westchester Independence Party County Committee, announced the Party has endorsed Bob Cohen as their candidate for 37th State Senate District. The 37th Senate District covers large parts of Westchester County including Harrison, Mamaroneck, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, Ossining, Rye City, Rye Town, Scarsdale and White Plains.
Cohen will take on incumbent Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D), a 26-year member of the legislature who is seeking her 14th term.
Cohen, who is also an attorney, runs a real estate and construction company in Manhattan. He has been a volunteer firefighter in Scarsdale for 17 years and is currently a member of the non-partisan Town and Village Civic Club Education Forum.
Cohen is running to bring real reform to Albany and real change to Westchester. His plan includes:
• Enact a spending cap and lower taxes
• Establish term limits and non-partisan redistricting
• Restore the STAR property tax rebate checks
• Repeal the MTA payroll tax
More biographical information is available on his campaign website: www.bobcohen2010.com.
2010 elections will be held on Tuesday, November 2nd. For more information about the Westchester County Independence Party or to volunteer for our candidates, Contact: Pat Lagana 914-447-0303Read more
Those in the political “ruling” class have become architects of deceit. We have become Taxslaves! It is time to get off the couch and rebel against the tax terrorists.
Social programs waste taxpayer dollars. The earned income of the working class has become the fuel for laziness and dependence. Government handouts are only meant to bridge the gap for a small percentage of legal Americans that are have been hit by hard times. Public assistance is only meant to assist them until they get back on their feet. The purpose is to bridge the gaps, not to encourage a lifestyle of dependence.
The system has been abused by too many people over long periods of time. It breaks my heart to watch so many people become enslaved by Big Government.
This is a waste of potential as much as it is a waste of our tax dollars.
Welfare has done more damage to the people of our country than any external threat has ever done.
Americans should never take assistance from the government unless it means the difference between life and death. If you depend on government for your needs I suggest that you get off the assistance as fast as you can. It is our duty as Americans and as free men to reject that kind of dependent, unacceptable lifestyle.Read more
Not sure what meeting Hannan Adley was watching but she has a report in the Journal News on the New Rochelle City Council meeting earlier this week that paints a very Capelli-friendly picture of the outcome.
If you watch the video it is hard to see how Adley concludes that the vote was some sort of endorsement of Capelli and the LeCount Square project yet that is how it is presented. What Talk of the Sound saw was Barry Fertel calling Capelli a "highly litigious" person and his concern that Capelli will sue the City, Sussman is talking about the project in the past tense and the Mayor is clearly expressing his sorrow over a vote that effectively marks the end of a deal to which he staked his personal reputation. Not one council member voting for the resolution expressed any hope that Capelli would be able to buy the New Rochelle Post Office, a key provision of the deal.
Perhaps she will claim otherwise but it sure sounds like her primary (if not sole) source for her report was Joe Apicella who is the only person quoted in the piece.Read more
UPDATED: In what can only be called a Pyrrhic victory, the New Rochelle City Council came out of its second executive session in as many weeks to vote on the 14th extension of Capelli's LeCount Square MOU and approved the extension 4-3. This time, however, there were strings attached (see original post below).
VOTING on 14th MOU Extension for LeCount Square: Trangucci - NO; Stowe - YES; St. Paul - NO; Tarantino - NO; Fertel - YES; Sussman - YES; Bramson - YES
The air was definitely out of the Democrats balloon as Fertel, Sussamn and Bramson spoke of Capelli and LeCount in the past tense. Bramson looked like his dog just died.
ORIGINAL: City Council Unveils the Tables Terms of Capelli 14th MOU Extension on LeCount Square with Conditions....Developing...
The City Council tonight discussed proposed terms for a proposed 14th MOU Extension for the LeCount Square project but set the matter aside over concerns over whether the agreement provided the City sufficient protection in the event of litigation by Capelli against the City of New Rochelle.Read more