A View From The Right: Amnesty - Let’s Have a Town Hall Meeting to answer ALL the questions

A presentation and Q&A session, as a solution to address a problem conveyed by the Chamber of Commerce because many property owners don't know if they need Amnesty or not.

Hello Port Chester Residents,

Let’s Have a Town Hall Meeting on Amnesty!

That was the solution to a problem conveyed to me at a chance meeting in Village Hall this week with Ken Manning, President of the Port Chester – Rye Brook – Rye Town Chamber of Commerce. Ken told me that many home and commercial property owners in Port Chester don’t understand what Amnesty is or whether they need it.

What is Amnesty?

The Port Chester Board of Trustees approved an Amnesty Program, with a registration period effective October 1st through December 31st, 2012, to help ALL property owners obtain new valid, durable and transferable Certificates of Occupancy for their real property.

Who needs Amnesty?

In my respectful opinion, everyone not only needs Amnesty, but deserves the Piece of Mind knowing that when the day comes they want to either refinance or sell their property, residential or commercial, that this program will have pre-cleared the way for a smooth and efficient transfer of Title to the next owner.

Why a Town Hall Meeting?

When I brought in Village Manager Chris Steers, along with Ken Manning to help fill this void in getting our message distributed, it became quickly apparent to all three of us that a Town Hall Meeting would be perfect to get the message out to all property owners!

What is this Town Hall Meeting going to consist of?

For the last six weeks, Village Manager Chris Steers, Building & Code Department Head Peter Miley, Village Attorney Anthony Cerreto and I have been meeting with civic groups, groups of real estate brokers and the Port Chester Bar Association (attorneys) to explain the problems and the applicable pre-existing Codes from both the State and the Village that apply to the vast amount of issues here in Port Chester.

The four of us will be on hand to not only answer all the general questions, but the individual questions that you may have as well, one on one with you! This is your opportunity to see how we have cut the fees and red tape for searches and issuing permits regardless if you have none, just one, ten or more open permits, so you can close them all for the reduced cost of just one new one.

When and where is this Town Hall Meeting?

The Port Chester Senior Center

222 Grace Church Street

November 28th, 2012 At 7 PM


We hope to see everyone there. Applications for Amnesty will be available as well.

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JJ November 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
All good comments and I hope that some Law Enforcement Officials are reading this blog. Or I at least hope some folks write or call HUD with their concerns at: MIRZA ORRIOLS Deputy Regional Administrator New York Regional Office Jacob K. Javits Federal Building 26 Federal Plaza Suite 3541 New York, NY 10278-0068 (212) 264-8000 or Fax (212) 264-0246 Keep up the good work Bart!
JJ November 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
BTW, if you really have information on this fiasco; here's the number for the local FBI Office in White Plains, NY (845) 989-6000
Bart Didden November 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
ATTENTION - DATE CHANGE One day earlier November 27th 7pm 222 Grace Church St - Senior Center
FJT December 02, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I saw the meeting on TV today. It looked poorly attended (maybe 20 people), considering about 6,000 property owners are affected by the revocation of their COs and the offer of amnesty. No doubt, the nullification of long-standing COs will be the "gift that keeps on giving" for years to come in the form of hundreds if not thousands of owners who one by one come to the realization that -- despite their having believed that they had bought their properties under proper due diligence by their attorneys, realtors, bankers and title companies -- they're now somehow guilty of not having done enough due diligence. That aside, most people I speak with are either only vaguely aware of the need to get new COs if they're to ever sell or refinance their properties, or they're completely unaware it. Property owners who played by the rules are being punished while those responsible for corruption -- the guilty ones -- walk free and collect their pensions. As weeks and months pass, and more property owners wake up to their fate, I imagine things will become far more interesting. Like Bart I'm not a lawyer, but unlike Bart I can't see how the blanket nullification of COs is fair or legal to begin with. Maybe an attorney with no axe to grind would like to weigh in here.
Bart Didden December 03, 2012 at 08:02 PM
There were upwards of 85 attendees


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