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RyeDad July 23, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Anne, What exactly does Planner Christian Miller do if you were able to find at least sevenRead Moresubstant ially the same sized lots in that neighborhood that he apparently didn't see or perhaps intentionally didn't include?
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.
tedc July 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Fair enough Bob. (1) I believe the cell phone records of ex-commissioner Connors were collected via Read MoreFOIL. Those records apparently show the phone in operation at the time of the accident. (2) Media reports confirm Connors was interviewed at the scene and then departed. The results of his customary testing for alcohol and drugs should also be FOILable. And if the answer, like so many, comes back that "the records sought do not exist." then we Rye taxpayers have very likely again just subsidized a settlement Connors personally should have participated in.
Average Citizen July 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Ted, is there a law or city policy that requires alcohol and drug testing? Also, can you post aRead Morelin k to the phone records?
RyeDad July 23, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Am I reading on this blog that perhaps Connors lawyers, Kristen Wilson and Harris Beach, shouldn'tRead Moreh ave settled this case? If it is the position that Connors had no culpability in this accident, then why settle? Am I to believe that Wilson and Harris Beach settled because they wanted to save any potential future legal fees for themselves? They already lost on a summary motion for dismissal and were appealing that ruling. Why not wait for that decision before settling? I believe Wilson and Harris Beach represented Connors and the City of Rye. Who is paying the settlement and how much is it? Was this settlement done as a favor to Connors?
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.
Interested Bystander July 23, 2014 at 08:30 AM
RyeDad, you're starting to sound eerily like POSL..
Bob Zahm July 23, 2014 at 01:19 PM
The following is intended to correct and amplify what I previous wrote about property assessmentsRead Morein Rye. The granting of a building permit along with an estimate of expected cost of the work to be done triggers a review of the property’s assessment. The re-assessment can occur at multiple times depending on the nature / sequence of the work. However, the final re-assessment is done once work has progressed to the point where it is “substantially complete”. This is not tied to granting of a CO, but can (is often) close. The affidavits filed stating the estimate and then actual cost of work done are individual factors in the property’s re-assessment, but not the sole factor. The property’s assessment may be change by more or less than the cost of work included on the affidavits. Timing of the impact of the re-assessment is tied to when property taxes are paid. Changes in assessed value take effect with the first property tax in a new calendar year. This means February 1. If work has been partially completed, a partial re-assessment may come in to force. The reassessment can result in an increase or a decrease in a property’s taxable valuation. In the case of 2 Central Avenue, the removal of the previous structure resulted in a reduction in the property’s taxable valuation to just the value of the land. Looking at the assessment record for #2, the peak assessment of $ 32,950 came into being in 1984. The assessment dropped to $16,000 in 2011 and to $11,000 in 2012. As the last of the old Black Bass Tavern was removed, the value dropped to $8,100. For this year, a partial assessment has pushed the property back up to $17,050. Assuming the building is “substantially complete”, a tentative final assessment will apply June 1, 2015 and become final Sept 2015. As an aside, I find it interesting that the affidavit filed for the building permit at #2 Central Avenue estimates the cost at $243,681.36. This affidavit was signed by Justin Shaw of JCS Construction Group, Stamford. I note that JCS also did the construction on Purchase immediately next to the new Japanese restaurant.
Bob Zahm July 23, 2014 at 01:20 PM
The following is intended to correct and amplify what I previous wrote about property assessmentsRead Morein Rye. ---------------------------------------- The granting of a building permit along with an estimate of expected cost of the work to be done triggers a review of the property’s assessment. The re-assessment can occur at multiple times depending on the nature / sequence of the work. However, the final re-assessment is done once work has progressed to the point where it is “substantially complete”. This is not tied to granting of a CO, but can (is often) close. ------------------------------------------ The affidavits filed stating the estimate and then actual cost of work done are individual factors in the property’s re-assessment, but not the sole factor. The property’s assessment may be change by more or less than the cost of work included on the affidavits. ------------------------------------------ Timing of the impact of the re-assessment is tied to when property taxes are paid. Changes in assessed value take effect with the first property tax in a new calendar year. This means February 1. If work has been partially completed, a partial re-assessment may come in to force. ------------------------------------------ The reassessment can result in an increase or a decrease in a property’s taxable valuation. In the case of 2 Central Avenue, the removal of the previous structure resulted in a reduction in the property’s taxable valuation to just the value of the land. Looking at the assessment record for #2, the peak assessment of $ 32,950 came into being in 1984. The assessment dropped to $16,000 in 2011 and to $11,000 in 2012. As the last of the old Black Bass Tavern was removed, the value dropped to $8,100. For this year, a partial assessment has pushed the property back up to $17,050. Assuming the building is “substantially complete”, a tentative final assessment will apply June 1, 2015 and become final Sept 2015. ------------------------------------------ As an aside, I find it interesting that the affidavit filed for the building permit at #2 Central Avenue estimates the cost at $243,681.36. Must be super efficient construction techniques. This affidavit was signed by Justin Shaw of JCS Construction Group, Stamford. I note that JCS also did the construction on Purchase immediately next to the new Japanese restaurant.
Average Citizen July 21, 2014 at 06:33 PM
I know what the "A" stands for...
Interested Bystander July 22, 2014 at 01:03 PM
LOL. Let's take up a collection and send him back on vacation. He must have been somewhere withoutRead MoreW ifi. Galapagos Islands?
Average Citizen July 23, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Perhaps incarcerated?
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.
Interested Bystander July 18, 2014 at 02:11 PM
With a tiny marketing budget like that it's no surprise attendance has decreased. TypicalRead MoreRepublican strategy. If it's for the public, starve it! Schools, hospitals, libraries-- it's all the same to them.
Oldtimer July 18, 2014 at 07:09 PM
If you like your Playland you can keep your Playland.
Deirdre Curran July 19, 2014 at 08:26 AM
We like Playland and we *are* going to keep Playland. We're also going to finally hold the County's Read Morefeet to the fire to make sure they do right by that park for a change.
Average Citizen July 15, 2014 at 06:51 AM
Or they just write articles to hear themselves speak...
tedc July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Good point Bob. Many survey firms ignore this important distinction about those who vote vs. thoseRead Morew ho don't by surveying either 'all adults' or 'registered voters.' They do this because screening for likely voters increases the number of calls they have to make to get a scientifically valid survey result. These same firms then switch to a likely voter screen just before important elections because they know how critical your point above here is. The results above indicate likely voters because that's the default standard at Rasmussen Reports. Here's a link to their methodology: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/about_us/methodology
Fair and Balanced July 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Rasmussen?????? That explains everything.
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