Meet Noam Bramson

Noam Bramson is One of Us

Noam grew up here in New Rochelle and is a product of our public schools.  After college and graduate school at Harvard, he returned to New Rochelle to raise his own family and make a positive difference for his hometown.  Noam is more than just a public official, he is an active, engaged neighbor, father, and supporter of community organizations and programs, who is always working to strengthen and celebrate our city.

Through his dedicated public service, Noam Bramson has acquired a reputation for effective, responsive, and visionary leadership.

The Journal News says Bramson is “a man of intelligence, drive, and ideas.” WVOX Radio calls Bramson “extraordinarily bright and very thoughtful … an absolute standout.” The Westchester County Business Journal lauds Bramson for “his intelligence, grace, vision and ability to grasp the whole picture and meaning of governance.” And the New York Times recognizes Bramson for his “skills and vision.”

Bramson has served as the Mayor of New Rochelle since January 2006 and has been reelected four times by landslide margins, most recently in November 2019.  Prior to becoming Mayor, Bramson served for ten years on the New Rochelle City Council.

Bramson has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen New Rochelle’s economy, environment, safety, and quality of life. He has worked successfully to forge public-private partnerships aimed at job creation and economic growth, culminating in the most ambitious downtown development initiative in New Rochelle’s history. He has been a strong advocate for thoughtful community planning, including the creation of New Rochelle’s award-winning Sustainability Plan, efforts to establish new public access to the Long Island Sound shore, approval of new land use policies to preserve open space, and adoption of the City’s largest-ever capital and infrastructure investment. In addition, Bramson has worked in concert with public safety professionals to bring New Rochelle’s crime rate down to a fifty-year low.

A strong and effective advocate for his city, Bramson has secured grants for the enhancement of major transportation corridors and the rehabilitation of New Rochelle’s playing fields.  In 2018, under Bramson’s leadership, New Rochelle was awarded the coveted $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative by New York State, and was also chosen by Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of just nine cities nation-wide to receive a $1 million grant for innovation.

In 2013, Bramson won the Democratic nomination for Westchester County Executive, but lost the general election to Republican incumbent Rob Astorino. During his campaign, Bramson advocated a regional strategy for economic growth and shared services, while emphasizing his support for reproductive rights and sensible gun safety laws.

From 1992 to 2012, Bramson maintained a professional relationship with Congresswoman Nita Lowey, with whom he worked on both governmental and political challenges.

Bramson is a life-long Westchester resident and a product of the New Rochelle public schools. Bramson went on to Harvard University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in three years, and then received a Masters degree in Public Policy.

Bramson has served in leadership roles in numerous civic organizations. He is a member of the Government & Finance Working Group for the Regional Plan Association, a member of the founding Board of Directors of Sustainable Westchester, and a past Board Member of the Westchester Jewish Council. Locally, he has served on the Boards of the New Rochelle Campership Fund, the Castle Gallery, the Fund for Educational Excellence, the New Rochelle Council of Community Services, and the United Way of New Rochelle.

Bramson is married to Catherine (“Catie”) Stern, Ph.D., a clinical pediatric neuropsychologist, affiliated with Family Health Associates of White Plains and Manhattan. Their sons, Jeremy and Owen, are both pupils in the New Rochelle public schools.