I apologize to TOTS bloggers as I have been tied up tending to a family situation for many months and unable to contribute here. As a birthday tribute to TOTS, I decided to make my usual FOIL request of the New Rochelle School District and was absolutely dumbfounded by the response. I have been an adversary of what I believe to be the failed development policies of the Idoni and Bramson administrations. I have publicly challenged Mayor Bramson to document his delusional claims of first a $2 million dollar net benefit from development
then a $7.5 million dollar net benefit from development
In his political gobbledygook, Bramson’s balance sheet refuses to factor in the cost of educating students from these tax-abated development projects as well as the costs associated with emergency response services from NRPD & NRFD that totaled nearly 1,000 “calls for service” in 2010 from the most egregious tax-abated project, the Avalons.
In 2009, there were 80 students registered from the Avalons (255 Huguenot St. & 40 Memorial Hwy.) costing taxpayers $1.6 million dollars. In 2011, that number ballooned to 115 students costing taxpayers $2.3 million dollars. As I type today in 2012, the number of students from the Avalons has reached an obscene 137, costing New Rochelle taxpayers $2.74 Million Dollars. That totals over $6.5 MILLION dollars for three years. The increasing trend is also troubling as we were promised professionals with disposable income and few children.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), adopted by the city, projected a “minor impact” on the school district anticipating 58 students from the completed project.
YES, 58 students from 1,000 apartments in two Avalon buildings! The current 137 students are more than double the FEIS projections and at 61 students from Avalon 1 and 76 students from Avalon 2 each building individually exceeds the FEIS projection for the completed project! The 137 students represent a 236% increase over the FEIS projections! This taxpayer devastation will continue for another 20 plus years.
It is my understanding that the New Rochelle Board of Education Trustees recently discussed and unanimously opposes repeating this blunder at their most recent meeting. They are very concerned about the Albanese and Echo Bay projects. I will wait for the video to become available before commenting. This is a multi-tiered problem and I will have more to post as I delve into the outdated studies used in environmental impact statements, the negotiations between the city and school district to determine an “actual cost per student” to be charged to future developers, allowing updates to EIS as opposed to new studies etc.
I couldn’t think of better way to celebrate TOTS’s BIRTHDAY and kickoff their 5th year.
Before TOTS existed my information was like a tree falling in the forest, very few, if any, heard it
As Bob would say, developing………