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Meet the Candidate: Noam Bramson Runs for Westchester Exec

Bramson has been mayor of New Rochelle since January 2006.

Noam Bramson doesn't expect to have much leisure time between now and November.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, the New Rochelle mayor was selected to be the Democratic candidate for Westchester County executive. He will be facing incumbent County Executive Robert Astorino, a Republican, from Mount Pleasant.

Bramson was selected after two ballots, defeating Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) and county Legislator Bill Ryan (D-White Plains). The votes came from local Democrats representing towns and cities from around the county.

"It will involve a balancing act," Bramson said of continuing to be mayor while running for a new office. "I take my duties as mayor, of course, very seriously and will uphold my responsibilities."

He said his goal was to run a substantive, issue-based campaign.

"It's going to be one that draws a clear contrast to subjects that are relevant to our county's future," Bramson said.

He is a life-long resident of New Rochelle, graduating from New Rochelle High School in 1987. He attended Harvard University where he completed his undergraduate degree in three years. He then received a master's degree in public policy.

He served for 10 years on the New Rochelle City Council, representing District 5, and was appointed mayor in January 2006 to complete the unexpired term of Timothy Idoni, who was elected Westchester County Clerk.

Bramson was elected to a full four-year term in November 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.

He is married to Catherine Stern, a clinical pediatric neuropsychologist. They have two sons—Jeremy, 8, and Owen, 6—who are students in the New Rochelle public schools.

Bramson has served on the Boards of numerous civic organizations, including the New Rochelle Campership Fund, the Castle Gallery, the Fund for Educational Excellence, the New Rochelle Council of Community Services, the Westchester Jewish Council, and the United Way of New Rochelle.

He feels the timing is right for a run at the county executive job.

"I've been the leader of a diverse, complex community that is in its composition a microcosm of the county as a whole," he said. "I believe very deeply in public service, and I believe there is an opportunity to shape a bright future for Westchester County as a whole."

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tedc April 26, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Congratulations and I hope Mr. Bramson makes better choices than his foolish attempt to pull to the left of Mr. Jenkins using the non-existent Westchester “Tea Party” as a straw man tactic. That cheesed off local veterans of both parties and many others and for what? Mr. Bramson should go sit with Phil Reisman at WVOX, take his lumps and make amends. I
tedc April 26, 2013 at 05:05 PM
In the mean time, right by his side Mr. Astorino has a politically vulnerable Dark Lord if ever there was one. Think Mr. Astorino is a saint? I didn’t think so. It just so happens we’re feeling the deep pain in Rye today of many years of Mr. Astorino’s current suite-mate’s “services.” All this is now right out in the open, arrests have been made, hidden conflicts of interest are still surfacing and yet no subpoenas for testimony under oath are being issued by Rye’s Republican dominated city council. Hundreds of thousands have been stolen according to the council’s own high paid investigator but NONE of our past fiduciaries have been asked for their official stories. Interested in making life better for all residents here in the “corridor of corruption?” Start your Rye education here – http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2013/04/rye-city-mgr-deputy-county-exec-kevin-plunkett-vetted-agency-that-stole-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dol.html http://www.hometwn.com/hometown-media-group/rye-sound-shore-review/auxiliary-officer-arrested-for-forging-warranty/ http://www.myrye.com/my_weblog/2013/03/scott-yandrasavich-solo-criminalgenius-guest-column-by-ted-carroll.html http://www.lausdeo10580.com/lausdeo10580/2013/02/city-council-yandrasevich-stole-hundreds-of-thousands-of-city-mngr-pickup-lied-nobody-to-be-held-acc.html

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