Can you afford a 109% tax increase?
Part-time Mayor Noam Bramson gave himself a 40% pay raise in his first year in office and health care for life after just five years of part-time service. Noam has also
- Increased New Rochelle’s property taxes 109%
- Repeatedly shattered the tax cap, including by 280% for 2013
- Created new taxes and fees, including Business and Library Taxes and a Garbage Fee.
- Raised parking meter rates by 25%
- Supported a new $700 sewer tax increase for homeowners to improve Long Island Sound
- Proposed a new speed bump tax, $3,000 per speed bump per neighborhood
- Proposed a dog walker tax, up to $250
- Hired a high-priced consultant to lobby Albany for a 40% sales tax increase, a new hotel tax, and even a new fire hydrant tax
- Spent $250,000 for the city to bag fallen leaves on private properties
Meanwhile, Noam has cut the most essential services
- Firefighters cut 17% and Noam even voted against maintaining minimum safety staffing
- Police officers cut 17% to “dangerously inadequate” levels while major crime is up 21%
- Noam schemed to place high-paid political appointees to the highest levels of the New Rochelle Police Department
- New Rochelle’s IDA ranks among worst in New York State in job creation at a cost nearly 900% greater than Westchester County
- Noam used Economic Development funding to cut sweetheart deals with developer friends and donors like the Ratners, giving away $34.9 million in City and School property tax breaks in just two years
- “Bramson’s Candidacy for County Executive Faces Serious Examination.” Soundview Rising, January 4, 2013.
- “Avalon School Tax Subsidy Tops $11 Million, City and Board of Ed Can’t Agree on Per-Pupil Developers Costs.” Talk of the Sound, February 6, 2013.
- “City avoids firefighter budget cut.” Journal News, December 13, 2012.
- “City’s major crimes up 21%.” New Rochelle Sound Report, March 29, 2012.
- “Commuters face parking rate hike and new meters at New Rochelle Transit Center.” Journal News, March 13, 2008.
- “Cops protest loss of manpower.” New Rochelle Sound Report, October 18, 2012.
- “Do-over for New Rochelle in long-running Ward Acres park saga.” Journal News, December 15, 2007.
- “Firefighter funding reinstated in 2013 city budget.” New Rochelle Sound Report, December 20, 2012.
- “New Rochelle Council Discusses Speed Hump Program.” Daily Voice, April 7, 2012.
- “New Rochelle examines ideas in panel’s report.” Journal News, December 26, 2012.
- “New Rochelle sewage work to hit taxpayers.” Journal News, April 22, 2009.