All posts by Noam Bramson

Private Virtues Missing in Public Square

Read this article from last Friday’s New York Times.  Then, if you are a parent, imagine this scenario: During a visit to the pediatrician, you learn that your child has contracted a serious degenerative illness.  For now, the symptoms are relatively mild – most of the time, your child seems perfectly fine – but the … Continue reading Private Virtues Missing in Public Square

New Corporation Counsel Hired: Mark Blanchard

City Manager Chuck Strome has selected Mark Blanchard to serve as the new Corporation Counsel for the City of New Rochelle, replacing Kathleen Gill, who accepted a position at Iona College late last year. From the press release: “Mr. Blanchard has an extensive background in municipal law, including the operations of state and local industrial … Continue reading New Corporation Counsel Hired: Mark Blanchard

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This morning, I joined many neighbors at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major breakfast, sponsored by the New Rochelle Community Action Program.  And last Friday, I attended the annual King observance, arranged by the Coalition for Mutual Respect.  Both were great, well-attended events, and I thank the organizers for their hard work. At … Continue reading Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Look Closely

Check out this ad for Foot Locker, and then look closely at the opening and closing scenes to see if you can figure out why I decided to post it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3q-413t1e8 Thanks to Damon Maher for the tip.

Getting Better Value

Like businesses, governments purchase lots of things: supplies, equipment, services – everything from copy paper, to cleaning products, to police cars.  Unlike businesses, however, local governments must follow State rules that require us to accept the lowest responsible bid for any particular item or contract.  That rule is aimed at preventing abuses, and most of … Continue reading Getting Better Value

North Avenue Attracting Investment

Every day, thousand of lives are affected by the physical appearance, commercial vitality and traffic conditions along North Avenue.  When I joined the City Council back in 1996, improving North Avenue was one of my top priorities, and I am proud of what we have accomplished since, including a new street-scape, better traffic patterns, and … Continue reading North Avenue Attracting Investment

Joining Senator Gillibrand for Family Leave Announcement

This afternoon, I was happy to join U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as she announced the introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a new national insurance program for paid leave during family medical emergencies or after the birth of a child.  The United States is one of the few … Continue reading Joining Senator Gillibrand for Family Leave Announcement

Fiscal Progress for New Rochelle

The 2014 budget approved unanimously by the City Council last month illustrates a significant improvement in New Rochelle’s fiscal health.  The highlights of the new budget include: •            An increase in our fund balance.  The fund balance – essentially the City’s savings account – had been gradually drawn down during the past few years in … Continue reading Fiscal Progress for New Rochelle