How's 4% a slight increase? That's double the rate of inflation & twice what's allow under the tax cap. Don't any of these people read the papers and know how bad things are out in the real world?
Need new/better trustee's. And vote NO on this budget. View Comment
Does this project help build up New Rochelle's tax base or is this tax exempt project?
btw, from the description of who's allowed to occupy these units, this sounds like another housing project. View Comment
Its now cheaper for me & the fam. to drive & see a show in mid-town. Something's wrong with that. Since there's NO audit of this behemoth authority, we simply go down the road of charge more instead of spend less and our fine legislators do little to nothing to fix the problem.
Thanks Amy Paulin, Steve Otis, Andrea Stewart Cousins & George Latimer specifically for doing NOTHING for your constituants. View Comment
For those who don't realize it,
New Revenue Streams = New Taxes or Fees and will simply make New Rochelle even more expensive to live in. And for what? Our roads could almost be rated as unimproved or dirt on a map.
But lets take a look at the 2% utility tax Mayor Bramson wants, while yes it'll make renters pay something, the bulk of the tax receipts will come from homeowners who have to heat & cool their homes. Average utility bills are much higher for a homeowner than a renter and thus they'll pay most of the tax.
Its that simple as are the problems which aren't with the amount received but the amount spent and we've got a mayor who doesn't understand the basics. View Comment
Joyce took most of the good quesitons. Way to be!
but here's a couple more:
How is the city going to pay for $25M in bonds needed to fund the city yard move?
Why did the costs to move the city jump from $13M to $25M over a short period of time?
We've had years & years of punishing tax increases and you're proposing to create or increase more taxes & fees, why?
Why are you giving Forest City a 20 year tax abatement? Won't the schools be overun with kids? Who will pay to build a new school or expand our current ones?
Has the city consolidated any departments? Has the city looked into that at all?
Should NR continue to collect its own garbage or should we look into contracting this out?
If we go private, would we need to spend so much money on the city yard?
Do we really even need to move the city yard? As far as I can tell, the garbage is still getting picked up as are the leaves.
Should we be rewarding the DWP with a new facility when they've run the present 1 into the ground?
Will it cost more to run the new facility as obviously we're not spending enough to maintain what we already have.
Should garbage collection be done only once per week? What would be the savings?
Streets are often paved 1 year & then ConEd or United Water rip them up the next, isn'y there a better way to operate & maintain our roads?
Why are the ballfields at city park locked 24/7? Shouldn't they be open for the public to use? Isn't that the definition of a park, open to the public?
Just of few of the many quesitons I have and that I expect to go unanswered. View Comment
I have no idea what Operation Resue is, but what this woman did was wrong and now Gov. Cuomo wants to legalize these proceedures in NY.
If there had been no complications with the abortion, this baby never would have been named or given a burial plot and that's just wrong to do 30 weeks into a pregnancy. What a horrible thing to do to a baby. View Comment
Freightening that Gov. Cuomo now wants to make this procedure legal in NY.
I'd be willing to bet that if there weren't any complicaitons, that baby wouldn't have been named or buried. Kind of sickens me to think they named an aborted baby. Who does that? View Comment
Well the problem lies with a planning board that allows developments to be built with only 1 parking spot per unit when at least 2 are needed.
This is happening now with Echo Bay. 285 units are being built but only 570 parking spots for the whole development which also has parkland & 25,000 sq ft of retail so there's no way each unit has the 2 dedicated parking spots a modern development would require.
I have no idea where the shoppers might park. Maybe on Stephenson Blvd? Or East Main Street?
More bad planning by New Rochelle & more money wasted on yet another study.
Who's at fault? Fault lays solely with Mayor Bramson who's leading the show. Thanks Noam. View Comment
Funny that they show a picture with water at the shoreline. That must be the high tide picutre. The low tide picture shows only the mud flats that are there. And the picture conveniently omits the 10 story sewage plant to the right.
And this project will only be built if the developer gets 20 year tax abatements.
That's right, no money for the schools so you can expect your school taxes to go up, especially when a new school needs to built to accomodate all these new students.
And your city taxes? Well they'll have to go up too to pay for the $25 million in bonds the city will have to issue to needlessly move city yard.
And you county taxes? They'll stay more or less the same, unless of course the voters of Westchester are dumb enough to elect Noam Bramson county executive, then we'll go back to the tax & spend days of Andy Spano. You remember him? The guy Astorino threw out of office 3 years ago before he put the county on the road to fiscal stability. View Comment
All of the above.
If only New Rochelle would maintain its roads, then they might avoid these rush, priority repairs that don't last long and then we have potholes again. Its 1 big circular motion but the problem never gets solved.
That's New Rochelle for you. I knew it was a poorly run city when I moved here 15 years ago & I'm constanly reminded why people told me that. View Comment
Debt seems to be what the mayor what's to be remembered for.
Why don't we cut a sustainablity position & pay cash?
It's laughable for Bramson to think he could run the county. Maybe he could run into the ground.
& once we know where the cameras are, no resident will get ticketed only visitors. What a great way to say, Welcome to New Rochelle! View Comment
OMG, more bonds? This council has no shame at all and are taking NR down a reckless road.
I'm feeling another 10% tax increase next year, but will Bramson release the budget before the election? I doubt that, he's too much of a spinless worm.
Whatever happened to just say NO? And if the city can't afford to pay cash, then it should buy whatever they're buying. View Comment
The only thing this project will do is bankrupt New Rochelle. With this $1.5 million NR only needs another $48.5 million ($25 mill for the Armory & now $23.5 mill for the city yard) to fill the gap and we'll be all set, but without someone donating the other $48.5 million property taxes will sky-rocket!
But how did the project go from the city borrowing $13 million to the city borrowing $25 million? Seems like the costs doubled overnight without explaination and I bet this $1.5 million gets lost in the mix.
Echo Bay is bad bad bad for New Rochelle. If we could afford it, then great go for it, but the city's in a dire financial position right now and should NOT be thinking about borrowing millions and millions of dollars that it can't afford to repay.
Too bad the city's so transient. People seem to not care about the affordability anymore. View Comment
He's done a horrible job running New Rochelle. One structurally unbalanced budget after another has pushed up property taxes over 20% in just the last 2 years. And now he wants to mismanage the county budget too? No thank you! Watch out for this one, he's trouble and not the kind of trouble you like. View Comment