#NewRoStrong on NBC News

New Rochelle’s community agencies and not-for-profits have confronted the COVID-19 pandemic with extraordinary energy and dedication.  This segment from NBC News shines a spotlight on community leaders and volunteers who have mobilized to address vital human needs like food insecurity — an uplifting portrayal of #NewRoStrong in the face of continuing difficult challenges.  Please watch.


Schumer Cites New Rochelle on Morning Joe

During a fifteen minute interview yesterday on Morning Joe, Senator Chuck Schumer highlighted New Rochelle’s experience with COVID-19 to illustrate the importance of adequate testing capacity.  The reference to New Rochelle begins at about 10:00.  I am grateful to the Senator for his advocacy of emergency federal assistance to state and local governments, an urgent priority.



Webcast on COVID Recovery

I was a panelist yesterday on a webcast focusing on New Rochelle’s experience with COVID-19 and on lessons relevant to the recovery of our region.  The discussion was moderated by Fred Gabriel, the Editor of Crain’s New York Business, and included Scott Rechler, the CEO of RXR, New Rochelle’s master developer, and Tom Wright, the President & CEO of the Regional Plan Association.  Many interesting observations from Scott and Tom on the future of work and our economy in a post-COVID world.  Watch here.


Public Health Update for April 23

The following public health update was sent citywide this afternoon via robocall:

This is Mayor Noam Bramson, with an update for April 23.

Para español, oprima número uno.

Alternate side of the street parking regulations will remain suspended until further notice.

The use of gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited for the spring, starting on May 1st.

Although the curve of new infections in our region has flattened, which is good news, the overall infection rate in Westchester remains among the highest in the world, so we still have a long road ahead, and it’s up to all of us to walk that road together.

That means continuing to observe physical distancing requirements, avoid all non-essential gatherings, and use face coverings whenever in a public setting where distancing is impractical. Our actions have saved lives and will save lives. Let’s keep it up.

For ideas on how you can help our community confront this challenge, please visit newrochelleny.com/newrostrong. That page also contains useful information for residents who need services or support.

Finally, please remember to clap or make some noise once again tomorrow night at 7:00pm to show our appreciation for health workers, First Responders, and other essential service providers who put themselves at risk on our behalf.

As always, there’s more information at newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

Thank you for listening. Let’s stay strong, healthy, and united.


Public Health Update for April 16 – Face Coverings Required

Following below is the text of the official New Rochelle public health update for April 16th, just sent citywide via robocall.  Please take special note of new State requirements for face coverings.


This is Mayor Noam Bramson, with an update for April 16.

Para español, oprima número uno.

Here’s what’s new.  Starting tomorrow, at the State’s direction, face coverings must be worn in any public setting where physical distancing is impossible. Scarves, bandannas, or cloth masks are all adequate for this purpose – you don’t need a surgical mask. This video offers guidance on how to make your own mask.

In addition, as the weather improves and we spend more time outdoors, let’s be extra-careful about our own safety and the safety of our children. With hospitals at their capacity treating COVID patients, this is the worst possible moment to end up in the emergency room because of an avoidable accident. So, for example, be sure to wear a helmet when bicycling.

The City has launched a new webpage with information about community and volunteer services to which you can contribute or from which you can benefit. Visit newrochelleny.com/newrostrong to learn more.

And remember that even with local library buildings closed, your Library card is still a great resource to download books, movies, music, and educational programs. Visit nrpl.org for all the options.

Now to repeat some information from prior updates:

To report non-essential social gatherings, please contact the New Rochelle Police at 654-2300, and to report business violations, please call the State’s Task Force at 1-833-789-0470.

Finally, tomorrow at 7:00pm – and every Friday at 7:00pm – please stand outside your house or open your window and make some noise in gratitude for health care workers, essential service providers, and everyone on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.

As always, there’s more information at newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

Thank you for listening. Let’s stay NewRoStrong.