I love Iona too but their use of religious exemptions to avoid property taxes is abusive. Whatever happened to the pay per 911 response idea? The college certainly needs and uses many city services but they pay nothing. I wouldn't grant them any zoning changes without 1st getting concessions (clawbacks really) on property taxes, but I think Mayor Noam Bramson already gave away the store on that issue. I bet Iona has to pay United Water for what they use yet nothing for sewers because that's part of our county taxes. Go figure but something's really wrong with this situation and current city hall leaders (like Bramson, Rice and Fertel) aren't going to do anything about it. View Comment
Does New Rochelle really need more residents? Where are the kids going to school? And who's going to build that new school?
And what does the article mean when it says, "residents will pay full taxes". Everyone knows tenants/residents don't pay taxes, only the owner does. Something smells fishy. View Comment
So what the senator's suggesting is that a guy like Michael Bloomberg will never be allowed to hold office in NY. How's that fair?
And by limiting income, are we setting ourselves up for more corruption? Legislators need to eat too. If they can't make end meet, wouldn't that temp them with taking what they're not entitled to?
Surprised by Latimer's stance though and with his home being foreclosed upon, you'd think he'd want to earn some extra cash. But with Latimer being in the minority party, he's not going to get much of a say on this topic or any topic. View Comment
Hmmmm, these 2 are nowhere to be found and all of a sudden out in the public for a meet and greet.
Is there an election coming up? Why yes there is and Rackman and Fertel only serve the interests of Mayor Bramson who's got a real bad vision for New Rochelle's future and he's certainly got no business handling anyone's money.
Be thankful for the tax cap New Rochelle for that's how we budget, figure out how much we can increase the budget and back into the numbers from there. Without the cap, Bramson would've taxed us to death already. View Comment
Why not let Metro North pick up the tab for this? Why should the state pay for it?
Senator Latimer's really earning his pay with this suggestion.
So thanks for increasing the state's spending, but do you have any suggestions on what can be cut out of the budget to reduce spending or is that not part of your democratic vocabulary? View Comment
What I don't understand about the paving is where are the priorities?
Pinebrook is a primary road and should have priority over all secondary roads, like Waverly or Overhill that got paved last summer/fall. And what's with the partial pave jobs? Like the part of Pinebrook that got paved last summer when the entire stretch of road needed paving.
My only conclusion is Bramson and Strome need to go, the sooner the better. View Comment
sounds like an election year stunt to me as the city can hardly afford to pave streets let alone spend $4 million renovating parks.
where's the money coming from? another bond? pretty soon all that bonding will catch up to us and swallow more and more of the budget requiring more, higher and/or new taxes/fees. View Comment
Great question and what do Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins or George Latimer have to say about it?
They sponsored the legislation, they should have an answer, other than they are for safety which red light cameras obviously aren't for. View Comment
The problem with this roadmap is that nobody knows how big the system will get with Bramson's big downtown development plans.
New people will require new schools and I don't see that money anywhere in the budget or even contemplated. As usual, the homeowner will have to foot the bill for these massive developments.
Just another bad and ill-conceived plan from Mayor Bramson. Now I'm starting to wish he'd won the county executive race.
Can anyone list off 5 - 10 good things Mayor Bramson's done for New Rochelle? I'm scratching my head and coming up empty.
I know it wouldn't be too hard to rattle off 10 - 20 bad things he's done but what accomplishments has he achieved? View Comment
If the cameras were for safety, there would be signs at the intersections telling motorists of the cameras so the motorists don't run the light.
But you'll find no signage at all, anywhere which leads me to believe the cameras are only to generate revenue.
Thank your state senator for letting this happen and supporting/introducing the legislation.
Real big shout outs to Senators George Latimer and Andrea Stewart-Cousins. We couldn't have gotten these cameras without you. Real progress or is it a couple of steps backwards? View Comment