The $9.8 million Legacy grant reported in the Sound Report which is to be used to renovate City Park ($8.5 million) and to repair roads ($1.3million) also requires the city to maintain 15.7 miles of county roads.
The grant also requires the city to construct 185 units of affordable housing which raises the rather obvious question: Where does the city plan to build affordable housing? An even bigger question is why the City of New Rochelle is suddenly in the construction business?
Does this make anyone else wonder what is going on here?
Does anyone remember this story from The New York Times?
Commissioner Carroll, a former New York City police inspector who took over as commissioner in New Rochelle in 1995, announces an ambitious plan that he vows will change the projects’ police problem. He sets up the same type of community policing progams in New Rochelle that he instituted in several of New York’s toughest neighborhoods in the early 1990’s.
The commissioner offers all new recruits the chance to take the three-year assignment to patrol the projects. It would speed them toward earning their gold shield, the rank of detective. It is not an enviable detail, especially for a new officer. Few officers, even veterans, ventured into the projects alone, and to be assigned to patrol anywhere near there is considered punishment. Only two men, both rookies, volunteer for the duty.
The commissioner assigns Claudio Carpano and Joe Berardi to patrol the projects…the Peter Bracey Houses on Main Street and the Robert Hartley Houses on Horton Street. The two projects comprise 543 apartments for low-income families and are federally and state financed and administered by New Rochelle.
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