New Rochelle Council Member Albert Tarantino once again stunned Mayor Noam Bramson, this week moving at the very end of tonight’s meeting to rescind his own motion to table all discussion and votes on Echo Bay until next year and placing a vote on the crucial Land Disposition agreement on the agenda for next week.
The move left Bramson and his poodle sputtering in confusion. Fertel requested a 5 minute recess to caucus with members of his own party. The TV went to black momentarily until Fertel changed his mind.
The meeting back in session, Tarantino made a motion to rescind his motion to table last week and hold the LDA vote next week. The motion was seconded by Council Member Louis Trangucci and approved unanimously.
The move left many in the audience confused but a general consensus emerged which Fertel and Bramson appeared to recognize that Tarantino would have only made the unexpected move if he had locked in a fourth vote, Rackman, to kill the Echo Bay deal. It remains to be seen how this plays out over the next week.
Bramson spent 20 minutes after the meeting adjourned talking to Council Member Rackman.
UPDATE: Video Added. The video is in three parts — After Noam apologized at the outset of the budget discussion (the 5 p.m. meeting) he agreed to leave the discussion and vote on Echo Bay until January. Lou stated that he wanted Al’s previous motion to govern and Noam agreed. At the end of the regular meeting (the 7 p.m. meeting) Al pushed for a vote on the Forest City Land Disposition Agreement next week (Nov. 26th). Barry then requested a recess to caucus and the cameras were turned off. While the cameras were turned off Barry stood up to leave when Al told him that there could be no caucusing in a public building such as City Hall, that Barry would have to meet outside. Barry said “forget it”, sat back down and the cameras were turned back on. Once the meeting was resume, Al made a motion to rescind his previous motion which passed unanimously so that the LDA will be on the agenda for next week.
RELATED: Noam Bramson apologized at the outset of the meeting, as Talk of the Sound called on him to do. In so doing, the Mayor accepted Al Tarantino’s motion from the previous week, approved by four members of Council, that further discussion and votes on Echo Bay would be tabled until 2014 hence the Mayor’s surprise when Tarantino moved to rescind that motion.