Is it time for New Rochelle’s not-for-profits to pay for fire, police, and city services?
In a eye-opening Wall Street Journal article “Strapped Cities Hit Nonprofits With Fees.” published 12/27/2010, http://on.wsj.com/ew1Iav. **(The WSJ url does not work. Key word search the article’s title on the Wall Street Journal’s website.)
Non-for-profits such as colleges, churches, and charitable organizations across the country are loosing automatic tax exemptions, and are being required to pay property taxes, and for municipal services such as fire and police protection. The loss of automatic non-profit exemptions is seen as a necessary source of revenue to pay for essential city services in these tough economic times. The question that needs to be asked is, should non-profits pay for municipal services in New Rochelle?Read more
The period for submitting public comments after the public scoping session has now ended. All comments were due by close of business on Monday December 20, 2010, ten (10) days after the public event at City Hall on Thursday December 9, 2010.
Iona is proposing the construction of a new 10-story residence hall consisting of approximately 93,434 square feet and housing approximately 393 students. The residence hall would be constructed on the site of an existing parking lot on the Iona College West Campus, adjacent to the existing Loftus residence hall.
At the public scoping section, dozens of residents, most of whom live in the immediate area, spoke out against the project.
In the meantime, to build support, Iona College has been sending out form letters to alumni living in New Rochelle asking them to send a letter to the Mayor in support of the project.
As a member of the New Rochelle community and a graduate of Iona College, I write to ask for your support of a very important project for Iona.
Council Member Stowe: Is all this development helping New Rochelle? by Peggy Godfrey In the 12/16/10 issue of the Westchester Guardian
For the second month, the New Rochelle City Council has had lively debate on the proposed development for 17 Locust Avenue.LLC. In October Attorney John Kirkpatrick of Oxman, Tulis, Whyatt and Geiger, LLP presented a proposal for a 13-floor building of up to 107 apartments claiming 300 residents would buy goods and services in this downtown area. Twenty percent of the apartments would be "affordable" for residents in the $30,500 to $47,000 income levels.
At that meeting Councilman Albert Tarantino expressed reservations about the proposal because this is a heavily populated area on a one-way street. Mayor Noam Bramson felt population density in the area was needed and anticipated getting answers to questions raised in the Environmental Assessment From (EAP). Instead, the November Council meeting produced another raft of Council member comments, complaints and suggestions on the project including zoning changes requested, required parking provisions and other concerns.
Talk of the Sound broke the news of the falling out between Entertainment Properties Trust and Capelli Enterprises in June 2010.
A Freedom of Information Law request was made at that time in order to obtain a copy of the formal notification from EPT and the City of New Rochelle. Here is EPTLetter.pdfthe letter:
April 29, 2010
To whom it may concern:
Effective as of the date hereof. New Roc Associates, L.P. a New York limited partnership ("New Roc Associates") and the owner of New Roc City
entertainment retail center (the "Center"), has terminated New Roc Management, LLC as the manager of the Center and appointed C Richard Ellis, Inc.
At the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting last week, Dr. Jeffrey Korostoff presented his "Goals and Objectives" for 2010-11. Korostoff gave a full-throated defense of the New Rochelle school system that was largely predicated in dismissing the testing data from last Spring and presenting his own set of data that he felt was more "fair". As has become a trend now, he specifically went after the movie "Waiting for Superman", referencing data that he said showed New Rochelle schools were doing better than a charter school in Harlem that was a focus of the film documentary. The exact same argument was made by Yigal Joseph, Principal at Columbus Elementary School, at the previous BoE meeting.Read more
The Times Herald-Record is reporting that Louis Cappelli of Cappelli Enterprises has resigned from the company's board.
...the company announced that Concord owner Louis Cappelli resigned from the board in December to pursue other business interests. Cappelli was a one-time partner of Empire Resorts in a $1 billion resort plan at the Concord. The plans fell apart when the economy went sour.