For better or worse, George Latimer's our senator but he offers no suggestions or alternatives so we get the same old same old BS.
The state (Albany) runs the show, not the other way around so he could do something but chooses not to. I think it might upset the teachers union, they have a vested interest in the current system. View Comment
What we don't already have enough affordable housing? The last thing Westchester needs is more affordable housing. Yes we'd all like housing to be cheaper and thus more affordable, but that's not what they're talking about. Can't afford to live here? Then don't, there's no reason to make it MORE expensive for the rest of us. View Comment
Too many governments and its why we're taxed so much. Get rid of the villages and get rid of the school districts and we might stand a chance.
And you only need to look at Rye where Senator George Latimer hails from. There's a city, town and village government over there. And I think a couple of school districts. Plus add on the county. Very dysfunction yet the Senator does and says nothing. He perpetuates this system of dysfunction. Is it any wonder a building on King Street in Rye would prefer a Greenwich CT address? They at least have their act together over there. Opps isn't Greenwich run by Republicans? Yes they are. View Comment
If New Rochelle's doing so well, why then doesn't the city have any money to a) fix up the current city yard or b) have most of the money to replace it.
As it stands, Bramson wants to borrow all of the $30 to $40 million dollars and stretch out the payments for 30 to 40 years to make it seem cheaper somehow.
Since the report comes from the city, one wonders if the information has been tilted to look favorable when it really isn't and it wouldn't be the 1st time Bramson hasn't been so honest with the citizens. View Comment
Toll by mail is a joke and somebody should look to see how much is collected on the Henry Hudson Bridge using that method. My bet is there's a very low rate of collection.
And what are we spending on this temporary toll collection set up? I bet a few million.
And it kind of makes you wonder why NYS hasn't implemented these toll booths throughout. As always, NY's way behind the curve and it feels like we're in the stone age sometimes. View Comment
The city should stay out of that discussion and the parties should work it out on their own, otherwise the current owner is going to get screwed.
But maybe that's part of the plan? The development mostly likely doesn't make financial sense if they have to purchase the property at market rate, build the hotel with union wages and then pay full property taxes. However if the city takes the property by eminent domain for a steal, they could then sell it for the same low price to the developer.
And then there's tax abatements, what do you think? 10 years? 20 years? Bramson will justify the abatements by saying that New Rochelle's going to collect thousands in Hotel and Sales Taxes so we don't need the property taxes. View Comment
What a waste of money. Is New Rochelle supposed to isolate itself from the rest of the world? And where are we putting all the generation stations we're going to need? Want to make New Rochelle sustainable? Then do something about the crushing property tax burden. I know you're trying with those Red Light Cameras, but that really isn't the way.
This really has to be 1 of the stupidest things I've read about in a long time. Its coming from the state so big thanks to Senator Latimer for wasting all this money. He seems to think it grows on trees. View Comment
I usually don't talk and/or text when I drive.
But I see plenty of people that do and I think they should be fined. And talking on a cell phone while driving isn't against the law in all 50 states so maybe its time for NY to revisit the issue.
I think NY thought the hands free cell phone law would take off like the seatbelt law did 30 years ago. NY was the leader then but we aren't now. View Comment
The county force should be folded into the State Police and done away with. They're a complete waste of county money and a drain on resources.
And if no one abides by the hands free cell phone law, maybe it should be changed. We aren't all criminals. View Comment
Yeh whatever Bramson wants to think but the "city's sole" isn't making my mortgage payments and he neglects to mention who's paying for this stuff. None of which is free, there's a cost associated with all of them but Bramson acts as if they're all being built out of the goodness of RXR's heart which is complete BS.
RXR is in New Rochelle for 1 reason: to make money. If they don't make money, they go out of business and guess who's paying them in New Rochelle? The taxpayer that's who. And is the Trump Building even full? Did it sell out yet? Its a god awful looking building and a horrible legacy for our cities leaders. And all those apartments/units are abated so they pay very very little in property taxes as is. View Comment
Noam's delusional if he thinks New Rochelle's got a low tax rate. New Rochelle's anything but sustainable. He's been rejected twice by the voters from higher office so this is all he's got and he's got big plans to make changes, lots of changes that will cost lots of money. Money New Rochelle doesn't have but we'll sell the future to gain a few dollars or improvements today. View Comment