It was just a few years ago that White Plains enjoyed significantly lower property taxes then the rest of the county thanks mostly to our large commercial and retail base. But even though that base has increased, the number successful certioari actions has also increased exponentially. The net result has been a shrinking tax base in the commercial/retail sector pushing the lions share of the burden on homeowners. Most notably: owners of single family homes. Although there was grumbling during the housing boom - residents were mollified by increasing home values. Now that that bubble has burst, the tax bubble has become the elephant in the room.
New Rochelle is an up-and-coming city that experienced tremendous growth during the housing boom. Those who look at White Plains and can't quite afford the price tag, should take a second look at New Rochelle because it is heading in the same direction that White Plains took ten years ago.
Larchmont NY (town of Mamaroneck) is one of those wonderfully cozy villages that reminds me of more of the "old world" then the east coast of the United States. The following pictures are a reminder that the even this very difficult winter of our discontent and fear had its share of beauty and charm.
When Barack Obama won the election , I was foolishly concerned for the welfare of the comics. I figured that many comedians would be polishing their resumes and looking for day jobs. Let's face it, whatever you think of Obama - its obvious that he doesn't offer anything close to the amount of canon fodder that George Bush regularly and generously provided.