Fracking was never contemplated for the areas around our water supplies. What b_ll sh!t and just complete fear mongering.
So NY will burn PAs natural gas but not our own? What a joke, but it should come as no surprise, the Southern Tier is a lost zone of NY. View Comment
How on earth could you think a budget with a zero percent increase is over the tax cap?
And yes more should have been cut but $10 million's not enough. The budget's $1.7 Billion and I shouldn't be that hard to reduce expenses by 1% or $17 million.
I doubt the Democrats would have suggested anything of the sort as they recently had a real hard time coming to grips reducing childcare subsidies.
And certainly if Andy Spano were still CE or if Noam Bramson had been elected last year, but the budget would be well over $2 Billion and you know the current tax rate wouldn't be high enough to support that amount.
So you see, Rob Astorino really is doing a great job and that's having to work with an obstructionist board for the 1st 4 years. Democrats still have a numerical majority but they're too fractious to control or run anything. View Comment
Great point Mr. T. I keep reading how Bramson is planning to do this and do that but what's wrong with things they way they are now? 1st its downtown redevelopment, then its Echo Bay, the City Yard, Red Light Cameras, a study here, a study there, some bonding and parking meters running to midnight.
There are probably some good ideas mixed in the above, but where's the money? New Rochelle can't even maintain its roadways by paving them so where's the money coming from? Coupled this with the fact that any new development project will be heavily abated, meaning they'll pay no or little in property taxes. Or New Rochelle will dole out the abatements and let them build hundreds of apartments with 1 parking spot, exasperating downtown's parking woes. Lose-Lose for New Rochelle.
OK the Red Light Cameras will help, but is that extra money from these cameras being used in our tax cap formula or are we about to be fleeced again? You know a $2-3 million budget increase without a tax decrease really puts a burden on keeping this income forever.
This is essentially what Idoni did with the library tax in order to skirt New Rochelle's original tax cap when he created the tax but didn't lower the budget at all, he just let every other expense rise to the point that the budget still went up millions.
Speaking of the tax cap, will either Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins or Senator George Latimer be supporting the renewal next year? I'm taking bets. View Comment
Shouldn't this be a state issue?
Why would or should Westchester County go it alone on this issue?
County government shouldn't be making its own set of laws and rules, its very confusing for consumers and businesses. View Comment
The budget would have been better if it had cut more and layed off more.
The size of our county government is just too big and I'm not seeing any cuts. Not really sure how we benefit at all from this layer of government when we have so many layers.
And where's the repeal of the Andy Spano taxes such as DMV surcharges, sales tax or mortgage tax? We don't need these junk fees and they should be repealed. View Comment
But why should Westchester County go it alone?
Sounds more like a state issue that the county should stay out of.
Having different sets of laws in every county is no way to run a state. We need 1 set of rules and not the multitude we have now. View Comment
A pound of poop is what these little lovelies generate every day. They're literally ruining many park areas.
We need to round them up and turn 'em into food for the homeless. Its the only answer. View Comment
That's the problem, its not just the riders that fund the MTA, because people who don't use the system are forced to subsidize mass transit through sales taxes, payroll taxes and surcharges and insane bridge tolls.
But you'll never hear about pension or wage reductions? Why is that? Must be tons of back office replication. View Comment
The good mayor should look at himself in the mirror and ask, "While I don't like these ads, I use them myself plenty but should I?"
I know Rob Astorino isn't a gun fanatic, but I ran ads that said he was. Richard St. Paul was arrogant so I got lots of dirt on him and his campaign crashed. View Comment
Sounds like she's looking to add money and thereby expenses to the budget. That'll require higher taxes. And so on and so on and so on.
Only Democrats don't understand this and have a hard time cutting anything (and when they do cut they cut the wrong things). View Comment