It’s Census Day — Please Fill Out Yours!

Although April 1st is best known for jokes, it has another significance: this is Census Day, on which all of us are urged to be counted.  If you haven’t filled out your own Census yet online or by phone, then you’ll receive a paper form in the mail, starting next week.  But why wait?  It’s easy to respond right away.

Census information is used to allocate vital funding for states, counties, and communities.  By completing the 2020 Census, we each do our part to ensure that New Rochelle gets its fair share of the more than $880 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs.

Bottom line: the census is really important to our community, and our responses matter.  Please fill out your Census!


“Now That I’m Out of Quarantine, It’s Time to Save People”

Photo credit: Lohud

In the early stages of New Rochelle’s public health crisis, no group carried a heavier burden than the congregation of Young Israel of New Rochelle, many of whose members contracted COVID-19, and many more of whom were placed in quarantine.  The congregation’s responsible and public-spirited actions were a big factor in restraining New Rochelle’s outbreak of the virus.  Now YINR members are once again rising to the occasion by donating blood plasma that may help treat other patients.  As Sandra Weinstein commented, “now that I’m out of quarantine, it’s time to save people.”  Read more in the Journal News.  #NewRoStrong



The NRFD delivers cots to Montefiore New Rochelle

Yesterday, the New Rochelle Fire Department delivered about 200 cots to Montefiore New Rochelle — important assistance for the hospital, as it works to increase bed capacity and prepare for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients.  Just one more example of local teamwork to meet and overcome this challenge.  Great job.  #NewRoStrong


Public Health Update for March 31st

Here’s the text of the latest citywide robocall.  I have bold-faced the key paragraph:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson, with an update for today, March 31.

Para español, oprima número uno.

New Rochelle was one of the first communities to implement physical distancing, and our early actions have made a difference. According to the latest data, our city is declining as a share of positive cases in the region, with a somewhat slower rate of spread.

But the apex is still ahead, we have a long way to go, and it’s vital that we keep up our good work. Please continue to stay home as much as possible. When in public spaces, including markets and parks, stay at least six feet away from others. These measures will save lives, so let’s each do our part.

As reported in prior updates:

Alternate side of the street regulations are suspended until further notice, and metered parking remains free.

All residents are urged to fill out their Census, either online or by phone. The Census is important to our future, so please make sure you are counted.

Many local restaurants are open for delivery service, so even while staying home, you can still support our local business community and have a great meal.

City Hall remains closed to the public, but all essential services are operating. If you see a police officer, fire fighter, or sanitation worker, please express your thanks – they are doing a great job, under very difficult circumstances.

Remember, there’s always more information at

Thank you for listening. Let’s continue to stay informed, engaged, and supportive of each other.