New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson today announced the endorsement of The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide advocate for the civil rights, equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers.
Empire State Pride Agenda endorses Noam!
“The Empire State Pride Agenda is honored to endorse Noam Bramson for County Executive. As Mayor of New Rochelle, Bramson has been a steadfast supporter of the LGBT community, including marriage equality, and he is a dependable voice for the advancement of civil rights,” said Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer. “We’re confident that under his leadership, Westchester will continue to be a safe and enriching environment for LGBT New Yorkers.”
In thanking the Pride Agenda for their support Mayor Bramson said that “Rob Astorino is on the wrong side of history on this issue. He is at odds with the beliefs of most Westchester residents. Even with recent progress across the country, he continues to stand with the most conservative elements of the Republican party in opposing full equality for all citizens before the law.”
Following the enactment of Governor Cuomo’s landmark marriage equality law, Astorino praised New York State Conservative Party Leader for his steadfast opposition to marriage equality, saying it threatened “the taproot of Western civilization.” (Journal News, 1/30/12, LINK)
One year had passed since Hurricane Sandy swept through our region, devastating large portions of the New York metropolitan area and leaving hundreds of thousands in Westchester cold and dark.
From the emergency operations center in New Rochelle and day after day in the field, I saw firsthand both the terrible scale of the damage and the impressive determination of the recovery. First Responders and utility workers labored round the clock to address emergency conditions and bring power back, while residents looked out for each other and demonstrated extraordinary patience in the face of trying conditions.
On this anniversary, it is right for us to acknowledge the efforts of the past. But it is even more important for us to plan for the future, especially since climate change is likely to make extreme weather events such as Sandy more frequent. Westchester’s ability to face and recover from the next storm will depend on a comprehensive strategy that includes:
Effective emergency services, with the capacity to coordinate action at a regional level and to support local First Responders with information, equipment, resources and guidance.
Better coordination with and oversight of Con Edison and utility providers to ensure that recovery operations are conducted efficiently, and that the public has access to accurate information in real time. We must also ensure that utilities are held accountable to their performance.
Flood mitigation measures that encompass both traditional grey infrastructure to relieve flood prone areas, and a green approach that controls runoff and restores the capacity of natural waterways.
Sensible development and building standards that can reduce our vulnerability to coastal damage, while also slowing or reversing impermeable surface coverage.
A smarter electrical grid that decentralizes and distributes power generation to make our region more energy efficient and less vulnerable to storm damage.
Connections among not-for-profit organizations, volunteers, and public service providers to enhance our “social resilience” and our capacity to provide for human needs in an emergency.
Meeting these important tests requires leadership that is genuinely committed to regional planning, capable of working constructively with other levels of government, and focused on the very real challenges presented by climate change.
Fortunately, the same steps that can prepare Westchester for the next storm also serve our broader interests. Through these actions, we can improve our economy and environment for many years to come.
The Democrats’ big guns are coming out to help put Noam over the top. Following President Clinton’s endorsement last week, Noam was joined this weekend by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday in White Plains and Senator Chuck Schumer on Sunday in Yonkers.
CVH Power Also Throws Weight Behind Bramson’s Bid for County Executive
Comparing Rob Astorino to obstructionist Tea Party Republicans in Washington, D.C., Senator Chuck Schumer in Yonkers today strongly endorsed Noam Bramson for Westchester County Executive.
“I’ve been in politics for 39 years, and I can smell a winner, I can feel a winner, and Noam Bramson is going to win next Tuesday and I’m glad to endorse him,” said Senator Schumer at a rally of supporters and elected officials in Yonkers today.
He continued, “Look at New Rochelle ten years ago and look at New Rochelle today and you’ll see” the kind of progress Noam Bramson can bring to Westchester County.
Bramson was also endorsed by Community Voices Heard Power, a community organizing group working to advance progressive policies and programs to improve the lives of working class families across New York State.
The rally, at the Polish Center on Waverly Ave., also featured top Yonkers Democrats urging their supporters to vote in next Tuesday’s County election. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano made a stirring appeal for Bramson’s candidacy, urging voters to select a County Executive who favors stronger gun laws. Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, speaking on behalf of the Yonkers delegation to Albany said, “We need a partner in White Plains who’s going to be with us fighting for the people of Yonkers.”
County Clerk Tim Idoni, who preceded Bramson as Mayor of New Rochelle, criticized Rob Astorino’s priorities. “The first budget our County Executive put out was the most mean-spirited budget I’d ever seen,” he said.
And Ken Jenkins, Chairman of the Board of Legislators, fired up the crowd with a chant of “When Democrats vote, Democrats win!”
Bramson, closing out the program, said, “This election is not about me and it’s not about any of the other politicians standing up here. It’s about what we can accomplish for the people who are counting on us to be their champions.”
The endorsement from Senator Chuck Schumer comes at the end of a big week for Bramson, during which he also received the endorsements of President Bill Clinton and Governor Andrew Cuomo.