The Fire Department of New Rochelle fell victim to City Hall’s massive blow in the form of Layoffs. The Fire Department of New Rochelle had to layoff six (6) firefighters, the equivalent to one fire house. City Manager Chuck Strome, Mayer Bramson and the majority of City Council all agreed to SACRAFICE THE SAFETY OF NEW ROCHELLE RESIDENTS by moving forward with this layoff, while they themselves sit pretty collecting full time salaries for part time work. Last week Bramson and the majority of City Council members voted yes to raise property taxes and reduce city services personnel.
This amazes me how they can justify raising property taxes over 5% and cut services at the same time. They never even took into consideration cutting their salaries, which none of them deserve. Bramson earns over $86,000 as our PART-TIME mayor and our PART-TIME city council members earn over $35,000. These amounts are only salary. They also spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money on unnecessary expenses such as travel, dinning, official vehicles, fuel, etc…
Bramson and Strome place the public’s safety at risk due to money issues, but they still have yet to collect unpaid property and school taxes from Mr. Domenic Procopio, Chairperson of the Municipal Civil Service Commission. Mr. Procopio was given STAR Exemptions on multiple properties and Combat Veteran Tax Exemptions on the same properties. The issue here is that you are allowed STAR exemption on the property where you reside only and in order to qualify for Combat Veteran Tax Exemption, you needed to have served in any of the US Armed Forces during war time, which Mr. Procopio had not. He was never enlisted.
All Veterans out there should be outraged at Bramson and Strome for allowing Mr. Procopio to get away with this and still get away with it. They are trying to pass this off as a clerical error. We know that Strome, Bramson & Idoni put all this in place for Mr. Procopio because he contributed to their election funds. Mr. Procopio owes New Rochelle Tens of Thousands of Dollars based on over 8 years of illegal tax exemptions, but Bramson and Strome have granted him a PASS and continue keeping him on as the chairperson of the Municipal Civil Service Commission. Outrageous!!!
Now Bramson and Strome are calling a special city council vote to extend the LeCount Place MOU for the 13th time. This is beyond ridiculous!!! New Rochelle is already in a hole and they just want to keep making us sink deeper. Capelli must have paid Strome and Bramson a huge sum of money to pay off council members to vote yes on the extension, or else they wouldn’t have even called the meeting.
So Mr. Strome and Mr. Bramson, how much money was given to you under the table by Capelli for you to call this meeting? We know what it takes, we just want to know how much you sold out for!!! How much did Idoni get as well?
For those of you who elected Mr. Bramson, I personally would like to thank you all for voting him in and allowing him and his mindless city council entourage to destroy New Rochelle. Idoni made New Rochelle bad, Bramson made it even worse.