Spring Reminders

I just sent this robocall citywide:

This is the City of New Rochelle with some spring reminders about yard waste collection and alternate side parking.
Yard waste collection begins Monday, April 3rd, with the same collection days as leaf pick-up in the fall, so please refer to the Public Works information booklet or visit the City website at www.newrochelleny.com to learn the pick-up day for your neighborhood.
Also, please remember to follow yard waste collection guidelines.  Bundle twigs and branches, use open containers weighing less than 75 lbs or biodegradable paper bags – never plastic.  And please don’t put yard waste out until the night before your scheduled pickup day.
Finally, alternate side parking restrictions, which were suspended during the winter, will be enforced citywide starting April 1st.
This has been Mayor Noam Bramson.  Thank you for listening.  And enjoy the spring.


A Good I.D.E.A. for New Rochelle

New Rochelle is emphasizing technology and the arts as key components of our overall downtown development strategy.  The cornerstone of this effort: the Interactive Digital Environments Alliance (or “I.D.E.A.”), which brings together City government, the Business Improvement District, academic and cultural institutions, and a variety of private-sector experts.

We aim to integrate virtual reality, augmented reality, molecular gastronomy, and motion capture technology into new performance, exhibit, and dining space, with the potential to incubate new businesses and establish a unique niche for New Rochelle.

You can learn more at this website.

This initiative is just getting underway, with lots of work ahead, but I am impressed by the caliber and experience of the people leading the charge and have high hopes for our success.


Proud to Support Planned Parenthood

L to R: Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Mayor Noam Bramson, Assemblyman Steve Otis, Mayor Drew Fixell, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Mayor Tom Roach, Former Senator Suzi Oppenheimer, Assemblyman David Buchwald, PPHP Interim President Vince Russell, PPHP Board Chair Jane Rosen.

I was proud to join other elected officials throughout the region in support of Planned Parenthood at a rally last Friday.  We also heard via teleconference from our federal representatives, who were in Washington preparing to vote against the AHCA.  (The bill was pulled by the Congressional leadership prior to a vote.)

Planned Parenthood provides vital medical services to thousands in our region, while also upholding every woman’s right to reproductive health care.


Mayors Stand Against AHCA

Yesterday evening, I joined dozens of other mayors across the country, in signing this letter to the Senate and House leadership in Washington, strongly opposing the American Health Care Act (AHCA.)

The letter notes that, by largely dismantling Obamacare, the AHCA would:

  • eliminate health care coverage for 24 million Americans;
  • eliminate Medicaid Expansion, which covers 1.2 million Americans with serious mental illness and substance misuse issues;
  • eliminate the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) requirement in Medicaid, which means states could eliminate coverage for mental health and substance misuse treatment;
  • cut federal funding to Medicaid through the use of a per capita spending cap, which would severely limit mental health treatment given that 60% of behavioral health spending comes via Medicaid;
  • create a 30% surcharge penalty for individuals who have a gap in coverage, which would directly affect those suffering from mental illness and addiction who are at greater risk for prolonged gaps coverage
  • eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF).

As the bullets illustrate, this particular coalition of mayors is focused on mental health care, but the AHCA’s damage would extend to every aspect of our health care system, with dire medical and financial consequences for countless Americans, including thousands in New Rochelle.

The legislation has been roundly panned by health care experts on both the right and the left, and it is not clear what exactly the bill is even intended to accomplish other that satisfying campaign pledges to repeal Obamacare at any cost.  The House is expected to vote today.


Summer Internships – 2017

I am pleased once again to offer summer internships to college students (or students planning to enter college in the fall.)  Here is more information about our internship program, including eligibility standards.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and one personal reference letter to my Assistant Angela Taylor at ataylor@newrochelleny.com no later than April 28, 2017.

Please spread the word.