Saturday, November 22, 2008


Months ago, if you remember, I posted an article about the Inner Creek Showdown that involved Rob Iannucci and Michael Bernholtz, two adjacent property owners with an immediate interest in the land use on either sides of the channel.

Well, it seems, with a little coaching by Alderman Senor, we have a verbal agreement on a portion of the navigation rights.

KUDOs to Robert for bringing the parties together and ushering a resolution to this standoff. The Laws & Rules committee, Chaired by Tom Hoffay, quickly moved to act on what we should have done the first time these parties came to us. This is what a governing body does.

Although, neither Iannucci and Bernholtz were present for the meeting, we took Bob at his word and provided a closure to an issue that delayed the final offering of final plans by Iannucci.
With so much of his investment and time spent by city officials, everyone is eager to get an overview of the Waterfront plans he has in mind. This is the last hurdle.

Mr. Iannucci, it’s time to work up your designs and show us what you have in mind.

On a funny note, Alderman Landi asked how are we going to enforce these new regulations in the channel, I offered that there is enough money in contingency to buy a dingy and a CB radio incase he would like the job.
He just smiled.


Jeremiah said...

I am glad that we will see the plans for the waterfront soon. I have been very worried about the amount of land that Mr. Iannucci has bought up. It is kind of scary to have one person control so much of the waterfront, plus he was an unknown to this area.

I think that he is a good person, and I am very impressed by the projects that he has undertaken so far. But I will feel much better when I see his proposals.

Anonymous said...

With the local and national economy suffering at such a sad level, we need development locally. Between Iannucci's waterfront plans and the AVR riverfront plans we need something to happen quickly. We chased away the uptown developer which wouldhave helped the business district survive. Lets not do that again. Even Utica is making an economic resurgence. What will it take to get the tax base back? Is the council helping or not?

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is a start of good things to come with increased revenue and we can stop placing the blame for the tax burden on City employees.

Anonymous said...

No matter who buys up what you still have to go through Midtown to get to the waterfront. We need to do something with Midtown. Kingston is a beautifull place but when you have to go down broadway its not so nice. The water front is Mr Lannucci so let us work on Midtown. Some how if we can get that clean we will be a town of winners.

Anonymous said...

There is the potential to generate an increase in property taxes when we develope the Rondout business district. If Iannucci and the city can get something of the ground and out of planning, we may actually experience the "rising tide lifts all boats" effect which would help midtown by default.

Each of our neighborhoods have had to help themselves over the years. The city can only do so much before it falls on the residents to clean up their own back yards.

Anonymous said...

But the public loses access? Ah - it pays to be a campaign contributor.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe Senor brokered any deal. I look forward to another lawsuit on the City

Anonymous said...

We need development on the waterfront,but we cant clean up a car junk yard and replace it with a boat junk yard which is Iannucci's plan,we should not have let one person control the whole waterfront!!

Anonymous said...

You seemed to have missed something in the "Senor" fine print Mike.

The city looses dock space. That means that the City looses revenue too.

Landi's cry a formal agreement is valid. Whatever beef you have with Landi needs to laid aside so that a formal agreement can be written up. The Teal has one, the Rip Van Winkle has one. Anything that deals with dock space ought to have an agreement.