In what can only be described as an incredible turn around, the new "One Station Plaza" in Mamaroneck, NY has risen from the ruins of what was the old Mamaroneck Train Station and been transformed into a stylish, hip bistro with professional, loft-type office space above.Read more
Former Yonkers City Council Democratic Majority Leader And Former Yonkers Republican Party Chief Annabi Convicted for Accepting Nearly $200,000 in Bribes and for Filing False Tax Returns Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Sandy Annabi, the former Democratic Majority Leader of the Yonkers City Council, and Zehy Jereis, the former head of the Yonkers Republican Party, were found guilty today by a jury in Manhattan federal court of public corruption crimes. Annabi and Jereis were convicted for participating in bribery schemes related to her position on the Yonkers City Council as well as the actions they took to conceal these schemes. Annabi was also convicted of making false statements to financial institutions related to loans she was seeking for two houses and an apartment in Yonkers, New York, and for filing false federal income tax returns. They were convicted on all counts after a seven-week trial before U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon.
Annabi, 41, and Jereis, 40, both of Yonkers, New York, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to make and accept corrupt payments, one count of conspiracy to deprive the City of Yonkers and its citizens of Annabi’s honest services, one count of receiving corrupt payments, and one count of extortion. Annabi was also convicted of one count of receiving corrupt payments, three counts of making false statements to a bank, and two counts of filing false tax returns. Jereis was also convicted of one count of making corrupt payments.
Annabi faces a maximum sentence of 161 years in prison, and Jereis faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.Read more
John Verni and Chris Verni, partners in Verco Properties LLC, will celebrate the re-opening of the historic Mamaroneck Train Station after an extensive restoration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 28th at 5PM. The Verni Brothers acquired the building from the MTA and converted the long-neglected station into space for a restaurant on the ground level and professional offices on a new second level.
The Club Car, a restaurant and lounge that is the vision of Brian MacMenamin, formerly of MacMenamin’s Grill, the Larchmont Oyster House, and the Post Road Ale House, and his wife, Fatima, is now open for business on the ground floor. The new second level will be the new home of Verco Properties LLC, the real estate firm owned and operated by the Verni family, as well as space for additional professional offices.Read more
While the debate over moving the City Yard out of its current location, extending Forest City's MOU and building a new DPW Yard at the Beechwood Avenue site continues, the massive expansion of the New Rochelle Waste Waste Treatment Plant ("NRWWTP") has received little notice. As the new structure begins to take shape, that will likely change. In what could well prove to be a game-changer for the desirability of residential property in the area between Lefebvre Lane and the New Rochelle Armory, several new structures, much wider and far taller than the existing facility are rising above the site of the proposed Echo Bay Development.
Talk of the Sound reached out to County Legislator Jim Maisano, who voted against the legislation for the project, to obtain information from Savin Engineers which acknowledged that the new structure will rise to a full height of 10 stories tall.Read more
As a follow up to the victory in federal court, Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino today called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to immediately release the $7 million in affordable housing money that it has withheld in an attempt to force Westchester to take actions that go beyond the terms of the 2009 housing settlement.
Astorino said that the U.S. magistrate’s ruling last week clearly showed that Westchester County has been complying with the settlement and that it was time for HUD to start undoing the damage caused by its unilateral decision in May to withhold previously approved housing funds.
The county was forced to lay off five workers, abolish 10 jobs and curtail funds for various community organizations and many local governments as a result of HUD’s action to withhold what are called Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).Read more
Tuesday's City Council meeting was the stage as Forest City performed act three of its production of "The Echo Bay Chronicles". The unveiling of the most recent iteration of the once grand development project appeared to produce more questions rather than answers. In and of itself, this assembly of housing (250 -300 one bedroom mixed with 2 bedroom and studio apartments) along with 25,000 square feet of retail would fit nicely in many places.Read more
Dwight R. Worley of the Journal News explains how Noam Bramson's favorite developer operates - bribes, intimidation and silencing communities groups -- which Worley says is "business as usual for Forest City Ratner".
In the bribery trial of Sandy Annabi and former Republican leader Zehy Jereis, Scott Cantone, senior vice president for government and public relations for Forest City Ratner, already has testified that the developer provided Jereis with a $60,000 consulting job in return for Annabi’s vote to approve the company’s Ridge Hill retail and residential complex.
Former Yonkers councilman John Murtagh is quoted saying of Forest City Ratner:Read more
Despite numerous reservations about the wisdom of moving the Department of Public Works City Yard, the New Rochelle City Council voted 6-1 last night to approve borrowing $600,000 to finance the design phase of the proposed City Yard on Beechwood Avenue. The City will issue bonds to raise the money.
The two Republicans on the City Council have argued that spending money towards moving the City Yard to Beechwood Avenue without a viable plan to develop the current City Yard location on East Main Street is premature.
Ivar Hyden has expressed reservations about the Beechmont Avenue location due to traffic and quality of life issues for residents.Read more