Headline should read Democratic Legislators Support Increased Spending as none of the Republicans support anything Jenkins does.
And why was it that we didn't hear from Ken during the eletion? Probably because he didn't want to contradict Noam's BS claim to being a fiscally responsible politician.
We all know the truth however and its reckless spending like this that's pushing New Rochelle, Westchester & NY to the brink and something we need to remember when voting next year.
Ask yourself, what really are Andrea Stewart-Cousins & George Latimer doing to control taxes? Guaranteed you won't vote for either of them. View Comment
Ok so now what? The city yard's still a dump and the city better start investing in it. We don't need to waste $50k to $75k every year on rock salt that washes away everytime it rains which is what happens now.
And can we put that billboard back up on the beechwood property? The billboard was 1/2 the $5 million value that the city paid and Noam just threw it away.
Total bonehead move if there ever was one. View Comment
Is this the same guy who illegally took star & veteran exemptions on an investment property in New Rochelle? The head of the civil service commisson in New Rochelle?
I think it is & what a disgrace to have him lead the parade. Couldn't they find someone without such a checkered past? This guy's a corrupt thief. View Comment
If Bramson would've delivered news like this for several New Rochelle budgets in a row, he might have stood a chance against Rob.
But no, Noam proposed another New Rochelle budget with 6.5% tax increase just last week. Just goes to show everyone the failure of using revenue gimmicks instead of reducing "hard" expenses.
And I wonder why New Rochelle's budgets never include revenue & expenditure forecasts going out 2, 3 or 5 years so we know what direction we're headed on. Being a realist, I'm sure that its not a pretty picture but at least people would know what we're up against.
Still I can't wait for the Echo Bay bonds/loan to hit the budget, that's going to cost another $2 million per year and Mayor Noam Bramson has no idea where the money's going to come from except higher taxes.
Maybe if every New Rochelle resident wrote a $500 check to Forest City they'd go away? What a nightmare. Thinking I should have voted for Bramson. View Comment
From what I've read about Tuesday's city council meeting, Noam Bramson might benefit from this class. Do they cover anger management too?
I only hope Strome doesn't have to issue a bond for the $125. View Comment
Hey I just noticed the hot link by Robin Sherman's name. Upon clicking the link, I was brought into a nice looking petition to sign if you're FOR the Echo Bay development.
It got me to wondering who would run such a nice looking website and then I saw a contact button in the upper-right hand corner so I decided to click & send off my question, but I didn't need to hit send as the reply email address was ECHOBAY@FORESTCITY.NET.
Any more questions about who collected those 550 signatures? It certainly wasn't a concerned citizen looking to better New Rochelle, but it does look like they found a shill to do their dirty work. View Comment
1st off, great story, but I'd like to add when a citizen speaking mentioned the $17,500 in donations by Forest City to Noam, Noam at first challenged the speaker who quickly told the mayor its was his 3 minutes & that Bramson should sit down & let him speak. After that, Bramson acknowledged the infomation was correct and online. I believe the speaker was Peter Parente, but I could be wrong.
And according to the talk of the sound website, after the citizens to be heard, fireworks started shooting off and the meeting decended into chaos with Bramson strong arming Rachman to switch her vote on delaying the Echo Bay vote until January. That resolution passed, but I don't think they voted on Echo Bay and it sounds like people were ready to brawl out in the parking lot.
Didn't Bramson learn anything for his defeat last week? This is no way to treat people regardless of where they stand on an issue. View Comment
Ok, so I was just on the city's website and somehow got to browsing the 2014 New Rochelle budget and sadly I was so enraged I didn't get past page 1 because right there in plain English, spending will increase next year by $12 million dollars and the city's borrowing another $2 million to balance the budget.
With our leadership proposing these numbers, who's surprised taxes will have to increase 3 times the rate of inflation? Who got a recent raise anywhere near that? The economy's bumping along at a snail’s pace, but you wouldn't know that from looking at New Rochelle's budget. Seems like the sky's the limit and we can afford it all.
With budgets like this (and the same thing has played out every year since Noam's been mayor) I'm really really not surprised he got creamed last week.
And, as I've said before, wait until NR has to start paying the Echo Bay tab. That's another $2 million hit to the budget. Strome ought to be fired he's so incompetent, but I bet Noam gives him a raise.
that's Noamanomics for you, you know where the numbers never add up.
but to answer your question, the $200 increase should be about 1% of your total tax bill which would include county & school taxes. Not sure why they would include county & school taxes to determine the % increase in your city tax bill, but that's Noam and a big reason he got trounced by Astorino. View Comment
Come 1, Come all! Let's have a party!
Let Noam Bramson know its not too late to save his political career!
But he better drop Echo Bay now or its going to be too late. Enough is enough already.
Here's an idea for Noam, and I just thought of it. Why not use the remainder of your campaign fund to balance next years New Rochelle budget? That way we don't get a massive 6% tax increase because you've refused to elimintate any (and I mean any) expense over your political career. None, zero, nada.
I think that's the best use of money I've heard in a long time. View Comment
Suzanne, a better header for this story would've been:
Three in a row, New Rochelle goes for a tax cap override hat trick!
Over the tax cap again, New Rochelle's proposes 2014 budget.
Another New Rochelle budget proposal that's 3 times the rate of inflation
Bramson releases the bad news for New Rochelle taxpayers 3 days after the election.
Why can't New Rochelle stay within the tax cap?
Why can't New Rochelle live within its means?
Bramson proposes another exhorbitant tax increase for New Rochelle. View Comment
Since when is 3-4 times the rate of infation a minor tax increase? There's no way that's minor, minor would be a 1% tax increase this year with a $30 increase.
Is it any surprise Westchester County voters didn't beleive or vote for Bramson? He's so out of touch with the working person.
But just wait until Bramson rams the Echo Bay/city yard move down our throats. That's going to cost at least $2 million per year in loan payments alone and the mayor has no idea how he's going to come up with that money except another massive tax increase.
Thanks Noam and I'm glad the voters rejected you but its not too late you save your political career, just give up on moving city yard & redeveloping the city yard property.
Basically, stop running New Rochelle into the ground and the voters may reward you someday. View Comment
This just in..........Westchester County Business Journal is reporting that Incumbent Sheila Marcotte has retained her seat on the BoL with a 435 vote win over MaryJo Jacobs. With the win, the BoL will stay split 10-7 as it was before the election.
Nice job and congratulations Sheila! View Comment
You know for the $2 million annual expense its going to cost just to pay the principal & interest on the $25 million loan, the city could fix its current yard by allocating $2 million per year & we're done in 5 years. The city would then have a $2 million windfall to either spend on other stuff or it could even lower taxes. What a novel idea huh? Need to get Bramson to think outside the box. View Comment
Hang on Sheila, you're only down 11 & 20% of the vote's still left to count.
When I went to bed, you were down 58% to 42% and I hope the uncounted votes are from your homebase.
Best of Luck, Jenkins doesn't need any more support and Rob certainly could use more advocates. View Comment