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RyeDad July 22, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Average, From what I have seen and been told after about 6 years or so of not having a certificateRead Moreo f occupancy, the property owners of 3 Magnolia Place submitted a sworn to statement of final costs indicating that $325,000 in construction work was done on their home. This flew in the face of an apparent legitimate Capitol Builders invoice for $1,000,000+ as well as sworn testimony by this same homeowner that approximately $1,000,000 on construction had been done. ====================================== Perhaps Bob Zahm has visited city hall and can now tell us how his friend at 3 Magnolia Place was able to do this, how the City of Rye allowed this and how they got only a $2,000 increase in their assessment. Even if it was true that only $325,000 in construction costs was performed, certainly the assessment should have been raised by more than $2,000. ====================================== This is just one example. There are probably many properties in Rye that have received preferential treatment on their tax assessments or that the City of Rye dropped the ball on either intentionally or not that is costing everyone else. We are being forced to subsidize the people who can afford to spend $1,000,000 or $2,000,000 or more to make their house bigger and better. Why? ====================================== Anne you are right. There is something very seriously wrong with Rye government. Joe Sack has had 7 months to correct this and has willfully chosen not to. So my guess is he is in on it.
RyeDad July 22, 2014 at 04:44 PM
From what I have seen and been told, after about 6 years or so of not having a certificate ofRead Moreoccupa ncy, the property owners of 3 Magnolia Place submitted a sworn to statement of final costs indicating that $325,000 in construction work was done on their home. This flew in the face of an apparent legitimate Capitol Builders invoice for $1,000,000+ as well as sworn testimony by this same homeowner that approximately $1,000,000 on construction had been done. Was this a crime? ====================================== Perhaps Bob Zahm has visited city hall and can now tell us how the property owner (Bob's friend?) at 3 Magnolia Place was able to do this, how the City of Rye allowed this (another crime?) and how they got only a $2,000 increase in their assessment. Even if it was true that only $325,000 in construction costs was performed, certainly the assessment should have been raised by more than $2,000. ====================================== This is just one example. There are probably many properties in Rye that have received preferential treatment on their tax assessments or that the City of Rye dropped the ball on, either intentionally or not, that is costing everyone else. We are being forced to subsidize the people who can afford to spend $1,000,000 or $2,000,000 or more to make their house bigger and better. Why? ====================================== Anne you are right. There is something very seriously wrong with Rye government. Joe Sack has had 7 months to correct this and has willfully chosen not to. So my guess is he is in on it.
RyeDad July 22, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Read Morehttp://rye.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/corruption-1000000-in-renovations--only-a-2000-increase- in-tax-assessment
AllianceforGoodGovernment July 21, 2014 at 02:53 PM
SDNY dockets Amended Complaint claiming Civil RICO against Rye City government; Scott PickupRead Moreserved, Latwin chalks up another complaint with the SCJC
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?
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.
Fair and Balanced July 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM
"It's the economy, stupid." People aren't flying to Disney anymore. Playland doesn't need Read Moreto spend any more money on advertising. If you looked at the charts, I'd bet Playland started going downhill right after Reagan made leveraging to the hilt fashionable.
dita von struedel van trappyodel July 15, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Playland is on its last legs. I say knock the place down.
Fair and Balanced July 15, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Revenue is going to accelerate in August.
William Green July 15, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Amen, Oldtimer! I also heard The Master of Disaster, Rob Astorino, will be debuting another ride at Read MorePlayland soon, called The Punkett Plunge! Here's how it works, park-goers are strapped to a gigantic roulette-looking wheel. Instead of numbers, the wheel is lined with municipalities where the Deputy County Executive has served as counsel … Rye, Dobbs Ferry, Mamaroneck, etc. As the wheel begins to spin and picks up speed, it rotates skyward (like a ferris wheel) causing money to fly out of the patrons pockets, like all the money that flew out of the towns where Plunkett worked. Once all the money has left everyone's pockets, confetti made from shredded government document reins down as a recording of Plunkett yelling at some Oldtimer at a podium in Rye echoes throughout the park.
dita von struedel van trappyodel July 15, 2014 at 09:36 PM
You think you are so clever but you are a dork.
RyeDad July 16, 2014 at 09:11 AM
I don't like to disagree with you Mr. Struedel, but I found it pretty funny and an accurateRead Moreportraya l of history. I fear that with Wilson, history is already repeating itself and when she does finally get fired, I believe her legacy will be even worse than Plunketts. ======================================= To Mayor Sack: When are you going to fire Wilson? Has Peter Lane given you permission yet?
Jeff S Alterman July 07, 2014 at 12:49 PM
The problem is that Rob Astorino needs to realize that money needs to be spent to maintain theRead Morerides at Rye Playland. Rye Playland itself is a disgrace because it has not been properly maintained in recent years. I think that it is time to realize that if Rye Playland is to make money, the barriers must be taken down and money must be spent to properly staff and maintain the park.
tedc July 07, 2014 at 04:28 PM
And I understand someone in the legislature is pushing for funding a heating oil czar positionRead Morewitho ut offering offsetting cost reductions to other programs. Isn't this great - here in America's highest taxed county! Did Astorino really promise a 20% county tax decrease? Really?
Deirdre Curran July 07, 2014 at 09:19 PM
Selective Environmentalism.
Chris Cohan July 07, 2014 at 06:52 AM
Spot on. Sounds so logical, if competitive bidding is his mantra it should be done across theRead Moreboard not just when politically convenient.
Deirdre Curran July 07, 2014 at 09:03 AM
I'm told that Port Chester shells out the money for GRUCCI to do their fireworks. Which, afterRead Morewatch ing the amazing show on Saturday at Port Chester High School could really be the only answer to "who did that?". The very generous owners of local Neri's Bakery apparently foot the bill for THAT. Can't see the County ponying up the money for that, but I'd sure love to see Grucci bid on it. Seems to me if Rob wanted the private sector to help offset costs at the park he'd be looking towards SPONSORSHIPS. We have enough Fortune 500 corporations getting nice tax breaks in Westchester that I'm SURE we could find a few to form a coalition to sponsor the fireworks every year and put up enough money to hire the best.
Deirdre Curran July 07, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Chris, for more info on how bad the issues are at Playland, you can see this other Patch posting:Read Moreht tp://rye.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/playlandall-county-parks-suffer-under-astorino
Deirdre Curran July 03, 2014 at 11:10 PM
Rats! The weather didn't cooperate again tonight and the Fireworks got rained out, but Friday willRead Moreb e better so don't miss them on the 4th!
Interested Bystander July 05, 2014 at 08:50 PM
I never knew this but it's true. Friends ended up with an unknown dog in their yard with leashRead Morestill attached. Poor dog had raced away, terrified by the noise. Fortunately he was able to lead them back to his house the next morning. I'm tired of the noise now too..
Deirdre Curran July 06, 2014 at 10:50 AM
I'm glad that poor dog found good people to help it and managed to get home safely, that's notRead Morealway s the case! I didn't even start the bedtime dog walks on Friday until well after 11pm when things had quieted down. I didn't finish work that night until 1am, but all the dogs were safe and home so it was worth it. Not my favorite night of the year to work, for sure. We'll have a nice quiet eve tonight. Big sigh of relief for all the dogs.
Committee for Election Equality July 01, 2014 at 02:03 AM
Excellent memo, Anne. Sleep away camp is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Tedc, too right, mate
Deirdre Curran July 01, 2014 at 07:40 AM
SPOT ON ANNE - AGAIN. Nice job. And TedC is correct too.
Louse Dumas July 01, 2014 at 09:54 AM
CEEE stay off these boards. your mucking up the integrity level every time you post.
Committee for Election Equality June 30, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Tedc, I hate to sound like a broken record, really I do, but the statute of limitations hasRead Moreexpired. Absent new information, not yet exposed, the criminals in the Rye crime of the century got away with it. Period.
Louse Dumas July 01, 2014 at 10:05 AM
CEE what about your lie of the century? RUFF RUFF BARK BARK!
RyeDad June 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM
tedc, Excellent reporting. ======================================= In addition to the RGCRead MoreScandal, the Rye Boat Basin criminal investigation and the alleged fraud involving Police Uniform Bids (AMAZINGLY none of which appear in the City of Rye audit) there may be a new Rye PD bidding scandal brewing. ======================================= Were any bids done to secure very extensive and expensive computer consulting, software and hardware contracts that were provided by a company that apparently had an active member of the Rye PD working for them at the same time? =======================================
smellypants June 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Does PSL, Iviewit and the various committees and sub-committees thereof comment on this site? IfRead Moreno t, I'm staying right here!
Eric Moy July 05, 2014 at 11:09 AM
We are very proud to be part of Rye for so many years!
Louse Dumas June 25, 2014 at 02:48 PM
RUFF RUFF BARK BARK
Committee for Election Equality June 25, 2014 at 03:22 PM
I'm done with you lower form of humans ("sleeze bags")...logging out for good. Read MoreSmellypant s, when you get back in town, email me at psl@iviewitholdings.com and Blue Moons are on me,
Average Citizen June 25, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Damn...now I'm never going to be served...
Average Citizen June 20, 2014 at 07:02 PM
blo·vi·ate ˈblōvēˌāt/ verb (US) informal verb: bloviate; 3rd person present:Read Morebloviates ; past tense: bloviated; past participle: bloviated; gerund or present participle: bloviating talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.
smellypants June 21, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Hewy Lewis sucks
Colleen D June 17, 2014 at 08:31 AM
So happy and relieved to know he is safe at home once again! Yay Pagnani Family!!
Bill Lawyer June 21, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Very happy for you!
Deirdre Curran June 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM
If you want to view the Bullock-Smith Master Plan for Playland copy and paste this link into yourRead Morebr owser or click on the associated text in the article above>>>>>http://www.westchestergov.com/rfp/pdfdocs/playlandRFP/PL_RFP_SITE_PLANS/PL_RFP_Master_Plan.pdf
Deirdre Curran June 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Likewise if you want to view Rob Astorino's June 11th, 2014Read Moreannouncement>>>>http://www3. westchestergov.com/news/all-press-releases/4746-astorino-announces-steps-to-secure-playland-s-future
P. Stephen Lamont June 19, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Dumas/Ed Volpe - finals are almost over and you know what that means - YOUNG GIRLS CAMPING - whereRead Moreu rinating on their tents while they are asleep is your favorite pass time on Gilligan's Island. If Webster's dictionary had a definition of WHITE TRASH - your picture would be right next to it.
Louse Dumas June 20, 2014 at 09:16 AM
RUFF RUFF BARK BARK BULLY FRAUD PREDATOR
iviewit Shareholders June 23, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Volpe v. Volpe: Looking for potential witnesses to testify on behalf of Terri Volpe as to why sheRead Moresh ould retain sole occupancy of 42 Meadow Place, retain sole custody of their 3 children, and subject only to supervised visitation by the biological father, Ed Volpe. Replies in confidence to committee.for.electionequality@gmail.com
Deirdre Curran June 22, 2014 at 07:55 PM
And Dita - how come you never got back to me about meeting me down at the Park? The offer is still Read Moreon the table although it's going to be much tougher for me since I don't have another day off until after Labor Day. But if you're up for it, I'll squeeze an hour into my schedule at your convenience. You just let me know.
Bob Zahm June 22, 2014 at 09:08 PM
@Deirdre - here's what I wrote as a "reply" "Having had a number of cats share myRead Moreli fe, you're absolutely right about not taking them out for walks. The closest we ever got was to taking 'em out for a "drag". Didn't usually last long and no one enjoyed it."
Deirdre Curran June 22, 2014 at 09:39 PM
Ohhhhh, got it Bob! No, I don't recommend taking cats out for a drag, agreed! NO ONE enjoys that!
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