As Mayor Noam Bramson puts the finishing touches on the 2012 edition of his State of the City Address next Thursday, perhaps he can give residents an update on his predictions from his first State of the City Address in 2006:
In his State-of-the-City address on March 16, 2006, Mayor Noam Bramson predicted dramatic changes in New Rochelle in the next few years. Much of the change will take place Downtown. Mayor Bramson stated:
“Here’s what’s coming:
• 50,000 square feet of urban parkland
• 276,000 square feet of hotel and office space
• 418,000 square feet of new retail
• 1,700 luxury apartments
• 6 new towers, rising from 230 to 400 feet each
• Nearly $30 million in tax revenue for City, County and Schools
• A total of 2.9 million square feet of new construction worth more than a billion dollars overall.
New Rochelle is about to surge forward in the most swift and dramatic transformation of our lives. Let there be no doubt: by the end of this decade, we will be a new city.”
We are two years past the “end of this decade” and if by increased crime, an increasing problem with the homeless and deranged walking our streets, ever more aggressive panhandlers, empty storefronts, depressed sales tax revenue and creeping urban blight you mean that New Rochelle is a “new city” then the Mayor has a lot to look back on with pride.
For those not wearing Noam’s particular brand of rose-colored glasses, let there be doubt in taking the Mayor at his word because his word has proven, time and time again, to be the worthless promises of a failed career politician.
This is just one of numerous claims made by Noam Bramson over the years, none of which has ever panned out as promised. And yet some Bramson apologists continue to cast Bramson doubters as irrational?
There is a definition of insanity (not Linsanity, just regular old insanity!) that it amounts to trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Now the Mayor wants to tell us how the Albanese project will usher in a new era of development in New Rochelle, how moving the City Yard will cost less than half of previously estimated costs, how the Echo Bay project will soon be moving forward with a new plan and how you can eat all the ice cream you want and never get fat.
And his critics are irrational?
I think my favorite line is the “$30 million in tax revenue”.
In fact, the school district has lost millions under Bramson’s schemes to pack the downtown area with “luxury” rental apartments which are now filled with Section 8 recipients, college students, hookers, illegal high-stakes poker games and young couple with children who are not clogging up classrooms in our schools.
There are two growth industries in the downtown: colleges and store-front churches. Neither college students nor congregants of these churches are known for having a high level of disposable income.
The Mayor’s own cuckoo “net-benefit” calculations have only claimed $2.5 million to $7 million (the number kept increasing as election day 2011 approached).
Why anyone would take Noam Bramson’s delirious pronouncements at face value anymore is a mystery but if you like stand-up comedy be sure to stop by the Davenport Club on Thursday, March 1st for a few good laughs.