The following letter from Ron and Marie Rhodes, who have been conducting extensive analysis of the French American School of NewYork updated site plan for the planned school campus on the old Ridgeway Country Club have sent this letter to the Mayor of White Plains and Common Council this week and shared it with WPCNR. 5 Days before the 8th continuation of the French American School of New York extended hearing on the revised “mitigated” site plan for the organization development of the former Ridgeway Country Club, the self-styped “Truth Police” write:
WPCNR PET REPORTER. From the Gedney Association. November 19, 2014 UPDATED 2 P.M.E.S.T.:
Thank you for the tremendous response about the runaway Black Lab named Slate. We have located the owners on Ridgeway Circle after over a dozen calls and emails from the community.
Slate was found on Ethelridge Road this morning and the subject of an e-mail sent Gedney Association members.
WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. November 18, 2014:
WPCNR has learned a space heater caught fire at the front desk in the White Plains Library this evening.
The first responding police officer extinguished the fire, and was treated for smoke inhalation at White Plains Hospital. More details as they develop.
WPCNR REALTY REALITY. News & Comment By John F. Bailey November 18, 2014:
Nothing is changing in the White Plains Housing Sales anytime soon.
White Plains had a very flat 2014 third quarter (July, August, September) compared to 2013, selling the same number of homes in White Plains as last year.
Single Family Home sales were flat at 80 sales compared to 82 last year; 9 less condominums sold—43 sales this year compared to 52. The equity death spiral condo owners are experiencing in horror continues — not getting all the money they expected to get out of their condo investment, and watching the possibility of getting even less became inescapable.
Co-Ops are the least expensive way to own your own home in White Plains New York USA.
Co-op sales in the third quarter were up 22% ,61 co-ops sold compated to 50 last year. There’s no magic here: the Average selling price of a CO-OP in the lowest taxed city in the county was $188,954..up from $176,000 last year…median selling price for the 61 sold was $177,000
Prices continued to sink in Condoland.The average selling price of a condo in White Plains in the third quarter was $554,260 — down 6% from $590,000 a year ago. The median selling price sank 7% to $395,000. That is not a good trend if you still own a condominium.
Meanwhile homeowners have to be increasingly concerned over the agonizing slow rise of prices on single family homes. Real estate prices in White Plains on single family homes have not recovered like “Wall Street World Casino,” the stock market.
The optimism of last spring on single home sales has been dashed in the third quarter is now tempered by the hope that the rising inventory will spark the market. Mike Graessle, of Rand Realty who supplied this interesting snapshot of the White Plains housing market says that homes coming on now have attracted multiple offers.
But you have to be patient, and price it right, as Mike has often told me in the past.
In the third quarter it was taking the owner of a single family home 4-1/2 months from first listing to sale. People who need to get out are desperate, they are having to drop their price on average 7-1/2% from their first listing price before selling. That simply kills your nest egg takeout, that has already been blown away some 10% in value since before the recession.
The national disgrace that is holding back the housing market is college tuition loans. There is no way the vast majority of first time home seekers can afford a home with college loans, stingy wages and anxiety about taking on more debt.
That’s why Co-ops are popular first options. They are the lowest priced.
The banks are bringing back the Uriah Heep tradition, realtors have been telling me for five years.
The median price of a single family home in White Plains is $576,500 the average selling price, $676,000 that’s up an insignificant 3% from the third quarter of 2013, slightly more than inflation.
If you have to put 20% down on a $500,000 White Plains house…you need $100,000 cash plus a $400G mortgage. The banks are not taking that risk if you already owe on tuition loans and just starting out in your mid-20s or early 30s. Why can’t our congress see that and forgive those college tuition loans across the nation? That would start a recovery.
If you can’t buy a house in White Plains, where can you buy it?Where would you want to buy it? Recovery, what recovery?
We can also look forward to new tax increases in the spring from the city and the school district. A lot more. I predict a fat 5% (to bring up union wages) from the city since there is no major election for two years and about 7% from the school district that will really hurt.
That old house is starting to kill its owner on the city and school property taxes and the excruciating slow increase in what you can sell your house for has exploded what you thought you’d get from your equity when you sold it, while the city and school district unchecked spending is eroding your cash flow to pay the taxes. As you transition to fixed income that is a big time problem for the county and city economy growth potential.
And another thing…
Have you received that property tax rebate from the state, yet for our city and school district staying under the tax cap? The Department of Taxation and Finance told WPCNR the state is sending out the rebates for cities and school districts that stay under the tax cap, which the city and school district of White Plains claimed they had. The state can’t even get the refunds to us in time for holiday shopping.
Could the city and school district governments start cutting this year?
WPCNR CAMPAIGN CHRONICLES. News & Comment By County Legislator Jim Maisano. From Mr. Maisano’s website. November 17, 2014:
During my lifetime, for the even years when we are not voting for president but voting for such important officials like Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, US Senate, Congress, State Senate and State Assembly, New York State’s voter turnout of registered voters has been cut in half.
Yes, when I was a little 3-year-old back in 1966, the voter turnout for those that chose a Governor in an exciting four-way race between Nelson Rockefeller (Republican), Frank O’Connor (Democrat), Paul Adams (Conservative) and Franklin Deleno Roosevelt Jr. (Liberal) was over 60%.
Our recent race between Andrew Cuomo (Democrat), Rob Astorino (Republican) and Howie Hawkins (Green) had the lowest turnout election watchers can remember – about 31% of registered voters.
See chart above for voter turnout in Governor election years since 1966. (Note: it’s possible turnout from 1966 to 1990 was a bit higher as it was difficult to track down the exact data, but I believe my percents are good estimates).
It’s shocking that so many New Yorkers are failing to respect their civic duty to let their voices be heard on Election Day. We can all speculate about the reasons for this massive drop in voting: negative campaigns, people turned off by modern day politics or working too hard/no time to vote, so many uncontested races, or New York’s embarrassing political corruption.
But frankly, as a very busy person who always finds time to study the candidates and make it to the polls, there is just no excuse for failing to vote. Less than one-third of New York’s registered voters just picked our federal and state elected representatives.
As a comparison, North Carolina, which did have massive amounts of money spent on one of the featured US Senate races, had a 44% turnout.
I worked on Governor George Pataki’s exciting victory in 1994 and that campaign had a much more respectable turnout of 53%. Election Day 2014 was not a victory for democracy in New York State.
WPCNR POLICE GAZETTE. November 17, 2014:
Robert Riley, President of the White Plains Police Benevolent Association, reports the second successful White Plains Police effort that has prevented a second troubled person in a week from taking their life. Here is his report:
WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. November 16, 2014:
November 7, 2014
To Whom It May Concern:
It happens at all times. But mainly at 8am-10am, lunchtime, and in the evenings from 5pm-6pm. They hang around the bus stops, and especially in front of the store at the corner of Martine and Court Street and the DSS (Department of Social Services).
This letter is long overdue and to be perfectly honest, a little sugar-coated. But it is honest, and it is the truth. And it is just a snippet of a documentary I am writing about what is going on right in front of us here in White Plains, NY.
The Urinaters, The Jokers, and The Midday Tokers
Unfortunately, homelessness and mental health issues are prevalent in every county across the United States. I understand that for some people it is absolutely necessary to ask someone, anyone, for spare change or an extra dollar. I get that, and I do donate.
The problem arises when someone constantly asks for money and when they are turned down anger evolves. Or if I think I am doing my good deed for the day when Dollarman asks me for a dollar inside Dunkin Donuts so he can buy himself a donut and I give him the dollar and he walks up the street to buy himself a hit of wacky-cracky… that’s a problem!
That’s not helping the person… that’s enabling them and I don’t want any part of that. Not only is it taking away from people who really need the money for necessities instead of sinful pleasures, but it also raises trust issues for people donating with generous hearts.
Lately, it’s been the same people asking for the money, and lately, they have been getting more and more persistent, almost demanding, towards people to the point that I consider it to be harassment.
I DO NOT wish to be harassed three different times within a 1.5 mile radius to my destination. Nor do my coworkers, my peers, local business owners, and decent, everyday people who live and work in your beloved city.
And it’s the ones who roam the streets that scream, and shout, and let it all out (lyrics courtesy of WILL.I.AM) who are the ones to fear because you just don’t know what their mental state is. That’s why I make it a point never to have eye contact with a drug-induced person or a looney on the loose promising doom and gloom to everyone whom he/she crosses paths with. It’s like walking on eggshells when all you want to do is STOP THE INSANITY!!
It’s sad, but true, on two separate occasions someone matching the description of Darth Vader (chin-length dreadlocks, dark shoes and pants, long black trench coat with the collar up) was doing just that while yelling threats and obscenities… up and down Court Street and Martine Avenue. VERY SCARY.
White Plains has become notorious for this kind of behavior and is a haven for these ticking time bombs waiting to explode. ENOUGH, damn it!
Come on now… I thought Bieber-mania was over. Not in White Plains. Oh, no, I don’t mean musically. I’m talking about the guy who’s got his back to you facing forward while spraying his initials on any building, sidewalk, or flower bush he feels so inclined to christen in urine without an inkling of shame, guilt, or remorse whatsoever.
I’m sorry, but I really don’t want to see this… or smell it. But I do. And it’s disgusting. Every single corner surrounding the hub of White Plains smells of vomit, marijuana, and urine. That’s a fact. Just stand in front of the corner store on Martine and Court for a minute and you, too, will get a whiff of what exactly our hard-earned tax dollars are washed away on.
And speaking of that corner store, just last night (November 6) as I was waiting for my bus to arrive, along came a midday toker puffing away on a big, fat joint… right in front of the corner store.
I was furious because when I got home I reeked of pot. And while I’m on a roll… let’s not forget about another incident that happened. A fellow bus passenger had witnessed the exchange of drugs by two thugs INSIDE next to the Slurpee machine… and it wasn’t sugary ice drinks they were slurping on!!!
(Approximately 5pm, check the surveillance.) And while you’re at it, why not monitor the activities that go on day in, day out, inside and in front of the Department of Social Services. You’ll be surprised at what lies right under your nose… literally! RIDICULOUS!
.Here’s an idea: how about putting these people to work by having them disinfect walls, pavements, sidewalks in exchange for food, shelter, or bus fare?
It’s been proven that if people have something to do and somewhere to go, they become more productive in society and in their lives and are less likely to commit crimes. In the words of Justin Bieber, the best we can do is PRAY… pray that something good will come out of something BAD in hopes of preventing any future dilemmas.
And there you have it, folks… a documentary of The Urinaters, The Jokers, and The Midday Tokers.
One suggestion I have to help fellow citizens in need is to follow in the footsteps of Jon Bon Jovi. What a brilliant idea he had to open up “Soul Kitchen”, a community-based restaurant in New Jersey that caters to people in need.
The first thing you’ll notice is that there are no prices on the menu. They welcome in people who are hungry to come in for a hot meal in exchange for a minimal donation or by paying it off by waiting tables, cleaning/stocking items, and taking out the trash.
So far it has been a success and I believe we can benefit from this perfect example of how to pay it forward by giving back to others by implementing our own ‘Soul’ journey here in White Plains, NY. (#IheartJonBonJovi) www.jbjsoulkitchen.org
White Plains is in dire need of help. I know that. You know that. We all know that. Now let’s do something about it.
You can bet your bottom dollar… or that of Dollarman, that if I see something, I’m saying something.
A White Plains commuter (Name Withheld on Request)
(This letter has been edited without altering the meaning of the content)
WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. November 16, 2014:
We support equality in NY for ALL the excluded Veterans of Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, and South Korea as well as all other Wartime and Cold War Veterans.
This bill would provide all NY Veterans the equality they deserve and is in need of a two-thirds vote by the Assembly and Senate in order to have Governor Cuomo’s veto overridden.
Please sign this petition to send a message to the Governor that we disagree with his veto.
They fought and continue to fight for our freedom, let’s fight for their equality!
You can read more about the bill at: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A06974&term=2013&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Votes=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y
That’s why I signed a petition to The New York State House and The New York State Senate, which says:
“Override Governor Cuomo’s Veto of the Veteran’s Equality Act – Bill Number: S7839/A6974″
Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:
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