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Wanda Brister Rachwal July 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Anne: It seems you have so many axes to grind, you cannot find focus. First it was the ZoningRead MoreBoard, then there was Planning, then there was Architectural Board of Review. Now it is the Appraisal of the Assessor's Office. 1) We DID go through the Architectural Board of Review on several occasions with our architect, 2) the ABR approved the plans, 3) School Taxes in Rye are not determined by households or number of children, but on the assessment value determined by the Assessor's Office, 4) It is true that the value of your property is higher than ours, and I congratulate you on having a nice property. As an aside, generally two-family houses are generally not as desirable and do not sell for as much as single-family homes. We have paid taxes to the City of Rye since 1997 while having had no children enrolled into the school system for that entire time.
tedc July 24, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Actually Wanda, Anne is re-plowing some of the same city hall issues uncovered in 2012 that led toRead Morel ast years election of Joe Sack and his Rye United reform team. Not a lot in this area has changed yet but we expect it. Did you know that former Mayor French rented out an illegally converted two family house he owns on 13 Richard Place for over a decade before he was uncovered? I'm sure you went through all the proper approvals - like most in Rye do - but that's not how many in Rye's political class play the game. I suggest when you have a moment you copy the following link into your browser and watch the excellent embedded 18 minute subject video. http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2012/01/city-of-rye-serves-mayor-french-with-multiple-building-violations.html
Anne McCarthy July 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM
You know what Wanda? I am actually going to agree with you here. I do have a fair amount of axesRead Moret o grind, hard-earned. It does become difficult to focus. I don't think my home is more valuable than yours. The farmhouse was beautiful with the double lot.
smellypants July 24, 2014 at 08:29 AM
What self promoting hogwash Ted.
Interested Bystander July 24, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Ditto.
Scott Peterson July 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM
I think this is going to be a funny as hell one for the record books campaign season. I would bet Read Moreon it.
tedc July 23, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Another well researched concise special interests story Anne. Rye influence peddlers are beingRead Moredragg ed into the daylight.
Anne McCarthy July 23, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Hi RyeDad, I will answer your question as factually as I can but by it's nature, it will still beRead Moresu bjective. In the case of 2 Florence, I can not say what Mr. Miller did to arrive at his conclusion. So, I don't know. I do know that the 2 Central Ave file is full of Planning statements supporting a 10 space variance, describing it as not effecting the neighborhood- really just a little retail spot. These statements go through early 2012 when the variance was granted. Less than 18 mos. later, the park was stolen. When I spent a fair amount of time on the phone with Mr. Miller in December 2013, he described the area as being desperate for parking for a long time. So, it's not a question of what Mr. Miller does or doesn't do as far as due diligence. The question is why does he talk out of both sides of his mouth? Its a valid question, asked in the most delicate way.
Anne McCarthy July 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM
A good -and knowledgeable- Samaritan spent some time with me this afternoon talking about types ofRead Morev ariances - use vs. area. I greatly appreciate the time and feedback. Let me post an important correction to this piece. **************************************************** If a layperson (me) reads the definitions of "use" and "area" variance, s/he could easily categorize 2 Florence as needing a "use" variance. The use variance is required when land is being used for a purpose which is otherwise not allowed or is prohibited by zoning regulations. The area variance is required when land is being used in a manner which is not allowed by the physical requirements of the zoning regulations. We can debate which variance 2 Florence should require but the fact is the law requires an area variance here, not a use variance. The use variance is more difficult than the area variance. In the most simple terms, the area variance primarily considers the benefit to the applicant weighed against the detriment to the neighborhood. There is a list of considerations with respect to weighing the factors. Additionally, the board of appeals shall grant the minimum variance necessary and adequate while preserving the character of the neighborhood. **************************************************** So, Florence Ave Developers isn't required to submit financials for this variance. In order to evaluate the benefit to the applicant, I believe financials should be reviewed, but it isn't required. One question is how the Rye ZBA evaluates the benefit to the applicant. I can tell you in 2 Central's case (which was an area variance), there is no financial information about the new property nor was there any public financial discussion except for the ongoing lament by Kraut about a lack of an economic return. An economic return could be .01% or it could be 200%. How does Rye evaluate the benefit to the applicant? **************************************************** The conclusion is the same: This variance should be denied as it would set a precedent for the area and developers will come running. For this reason, this application changes the character of the neighborhood - immediately. Also, is this - splitting the lot in 2 - the "minimum variance necessary"? No. This is swinging for the fences. In the interest of full disclosure, the good Samaritan didn't agree it sets a precedent because each case will still require variances. Yes, true, and each variance will be granted.
Average Citizen July 23, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Was the settlement for negligence? C'mon Dad, give us more details. I'm sure you have them, or you Read Morewouldn't have written such an article. Please do not tell us you are taking law classes from PSL? So...how much was the settlement for?
Average Citizen July 23, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Ted, is there a law or city policy that requires alcohol and drug testing? Also, can you post aRead Morelink to the phone records?
Average Citizen July 24, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Ted, is there a law or city policy that requires alcohol and drug testing? Also, can you post aRead Morelink to the phone records?
RyeDad July 22, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Feel better Bugsy.
Anne McCarthy July 22, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Thanks for keeping us posted. Glad Hen Island is on the agenda for the August 4th meeting. WeRead Moreused to have a small boat - 19' Sea Ray. We sold it because it was too depressing leaving Milton Harbor. I felt like we were boating through raw sewage (I guess we were). We thought it would be nice to just take the boat out of the harbor and take a swim. YUCKEE. Bye bye boat.
tedc July 23, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Oh well, Patch's "Reply" function is acting up again. I can see a few lines of Bob'sRead Morereply in the comments tease but they don't show here on the string.
Bob Zahm July 23, 2014 at 05:24 PM
For you, Ted, here's how I replied: The numbers come from the property card associated with 2Read MoreCentra l Avenue. The process / timeline info comes from a conversation with one of the people working in the assessor's office. I did not ask where / if the process has been documented for the general public.
tedc July 23, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Excellent work Bob. The assessment process and procedures and methods are legally required to beRead Morecom prehensive, written (not just oral) and always publicly available. Otherwise, discriminatory assessments based on favoritism, political contributions or other abuses can result. 2 Central appears to have benefited from just such an abuse.
Average Citizen July 23, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Why do I doubt that this even took place (other than in someone's mind)? And if it did, how muchRead Mored id it cost the taxpayer's of Rye?
AllianceforGoodGovernment July 23, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Estimated cost to Rye taxpayers - through trial and appeal $500k to $1m. This case is only 16 daysRead Moreo ld and already there are 25 documents on the docket
Interested Bystander July 24, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Ah yes, "what a sight to see". Were there only video of this magnificent performance.Read MoreWhat I wouldn't give to see it even on tape. I see StevesWorld is still playing at the local cinema.
tedc July 18, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Very civilly said Anne. I told Mayor Sack almost the same thing that Judge (Mayor) Carey hasRead Morewritten here. But Mr. Sack's intentions are in the right place - they just need a little tweaking. I also knew Mayor Morehead and Judge Carey has represented him here accurately. I'm going to donate in Mr. Morehead's honor. I'm going to encourage our current Mayor to study Mayor Morehead's history a little closer and - expand his creativity.
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