But my senator doesn't think our taxes are too high. He thinks everything is great in NY.
Maybe he needs to be retired? At least he's not sitting at the budget table. Heck he's not even paying his mortgage. View Comment
I saw the headline and said, who's trying to convince us of this BS and then I read the 3rd paragraph that starts, "according to New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson".
Need I say anymore? But its hard to fathom a mayor championing housing that starts with a $17,000 tax bill. I guess he's ok with 1st homebuyers only being able to afford to buy an apartment or find a rental. View Comment
Wow a lot of fluff with little substance and why is it that I feel I've heard these types of promises before from Mayor Bramson? And he's just delusional to think our taxes are low.
And who thinks packing downtown New Rochelle with residents is a good idea? Why don't we build office towers instead? Office towers don't send kids to school.
And if you live in the north end, you're currently represented by 2 council members and how's it going to be when you only have 1 due to population shifts?
If Mayor Noam Bramson were actually truthful, he'd be honest and tell the residents that the only development coming to downtown New Rochelle will also be heavily subsidized by the City of New Rochelle through tax abatements. There's no way anything gets built downtown without big time help from city hall.
I believe they've been promised the various municipal parking lots in downtown as their footprint and the parking will be replaced when they build their skyscrapers, tax abated I'm sure.
But I didn't read anything about our schools, where are all the kids going to school? And who's building that school? And where? No land for schools and their pesky ball fields either. The developer probably has a report that no school aged children will live in any of its completed projects in New Rochelle. View Comment
So we've doled out the redevelopment of our downtown (a very important task btw) to people who know NOTHING about New Rochelle? My 5th grader might do a better job than those with NO knowledge of the city.
Something's really wrong with the state of Denmark.
My only question is when do they start asking for the abatements? You know they're coming, its just a matter of when. Probably after the election. Remember, nothing's for free and RXR is looking to make money otherwise they wouldn't be in business.
Noam Bramson needs to go crawl off somewhere and live out his uselessness. View Comment
Bramson's just delusional, the road work definitely isn't covered by state grants rather Bramson only budgets the amount received from the grant for road repairs. A very big difference as the amount of the grant certainly wouldn't cover the entire road maintenance budget.
If Bramson ever used a real budget for New Rochelle, he'd say New Rochelle maintains 150 miles of roadway and a pave job should last 10 years so we have to pave 15 miles of roadway every year and 1 mile of roadway costs $250,000 to pave so we need an annual budget of $3,750,000 (I completely made up numbers to use as an example).
But what Bramson annually does, is to say the state gave us $1 million for paving so that's our budget. End of story. No actual thought process behind the budgeted amount at all.
It's apparent that Noam Bramson hasn't thought the issue through at all and it further reinforces how poorly New Rochelle is run and it comes from the top down.
And how much debt did New Rochelle when Noam Bramson became mayor vs. how much debt does New Rochelle have now?
And taking a 10, 20 or 30 year loan for pavement that may only last 5 or 6 years is just dumb. Who does that? The city should really be required to disclose the full cost of the bond before its issued. You know, we're borrowing $2 million but with legal fees and interest it'll cost us $3 million over 20 years. This kind of debt will just saddle future generations of New Rochellians with unneeded/unwanted expenses. Simply pathetic.
Is it any wonder Noam Bramson couldn't get elected county executive?
With all the line item taxes, doesn't it make you wonder where the rest of it goes? I bet the debt load in New Rochelle under the watch of Mayor Noam Bramson has gone through the roof.
Anyone got some numbers for us? View Comment
Our roads would be much better if we didn't allow any and every utility company the right to cut and dig with impunity. We need to coordinate the efforts, you know give the utilities notice when roads will be paved so they can do their work before and not after the new pavement is down.
Financial incentives are probably the only solution, fine the utilities for ripping up roads paved within the last 7 years and give them plenty of notice of the pavement schedule. View Comment
Bonding to pave roads? Is the mayor losing his mind?
If we don't have the money, don't do it. How on earth can issuing a 30 bond for pavement that'll last maybe 7-8 years tops, a good deal?
And its really disingenuous for Noam Bramson to say New Rochelle watches every penny and are careful about issuing debt. The reality is quite the opposite as Noam Bramson has routinely borrowed money to balance budgets rather than take a courageous stand to cut expenses.
Thanks Mr. Red Light Camera! View Comment
A Democrat proposed this? Why am I not surprised?
And it should be a state issue that counties should stay out of. Proposed county laws like this splinter up NY and just make it hard to do business in NY. A law here and a different law there, much like the different rates of sales tax across NYs counties. Could it ever get any more confusing?
What other states have this arcane law and tax system? NJ sales tax is 6%, everywhere. CT sales tax is 6.35% everywhere. View Comment
How about forcing all cities, towns and villages to buy their electricity from Con Edison and pay the same delivery/supply rates we do? And that includes the sales tax portion of the bill.
That being said, sustainable is more costly that fossil and it always will be.
We're getting gouged and this is the best Amy can come up with? Pathetic. View Comment
Who shares his vision for New Rochelle? You know more tax abated residential downtown development. Anyone?
And its now March 9th and there's no story on what he actually said? Sad sad sad.
And on top of these crazy rates (and they're looking to get yet anohter rate increase), NYS charges sales tax. Neither NJ or CT charges sales tax on their utility bills, so why do we have to in NY?
Maybe Senator George Latimer might suggest eliminating this tax altogether? Nah, he'd never be able to figure out what cuts to enact to offset to decreased revenue, besides we're already paying the tax right? So what's the big deal, someone has to pay. View Comment