In his concession speech last night, Noam Bramson said:
"I end this campaign more committed to public service than I have ever been," he said. "The cause for which every one of us worked will be just as important tomorrow as it is today."
Great! We get to keep Noam for two more years. So, how will this dramatic defeat for Noam parlay into reformatting or rather reconstituting his person as it relates to New Rochelleans; particularly Black and Latino residents? If its business as usual, as in dismissing the needs and realties of Black and Latino residents, then Noam has not learned a lesson.
Perhaps Noam has now learned that he must be in tune with what the residents need in New Rochelle not what he or his party wants strategically:
• We need real jobs that involve real hires of people who actually live in New Rochelle – specially our young people;
• We need affordable housing – don’t count the new construction off Lincoln which has actually displaced more people of color than actually creating more housing than before;
• We need meaningful retail that will attract people from within and outside New Rochelle to come to our downtown – have you seen Mamaroneck, Port Chester and White Plains at night? It is lively and pedestrian traffic is awesome and welcomed by small business. Let’s bring large retailers – Whole Foods, Best Buy, and Target, a bookstore or Apple etc.
• Let’s open up our parks, like City Park for our young people to use- not lock up the parks and make their use impossible without permits. How are you to combat obesity if our parks, and regretfully our school fields are always locked or closed? Have you tried running at McKenna field on weekends or holidays? It is pad locked – it’s the only running track in New Rochelle!!!!!
• You have to meet with people. Be nice. Listen to them. Get out of the bed with the developers. The West End does not want the City Yard – fix the one that is there already. It will be less expensive in the long run. Refurbish and be inclusively creative about a new use for the Armory.
• Did I say be nice. Come to el Trigal or the Bread factory and buy bread. Expand your mind. Diversify your circle of friends. As they say on ESPN, Come On Maann!!!
An endorsement from Ernie Davis, one of the most corrupt elected oficials is a good thing? Do these mayors realize Bramson is a part-time ceremonial mayor? As in not managing or supervising ANYBODY...... View Comment
Why isn't Noam Bramson meeting with the Latino Community in the West End? As the note above suggest, he is still allergic to venturing into the West end - didn't make the event at St Joseph's this weekend eh Mr. Bramson? Ok so these prominent Latino leaders of New Rochelle acknowledge that the transfer of the Public Works Yard to the West End is a healthy endeavor for thei families and children. Que piensan compas? Where these Latino leaders at any of the Immigration rallies over the weekend? Was Noam? View Comment
In addition, the meeting or "debate" is closed to the general public. How undemocratic. I am sure working class people will not pay the $400 plus annual membership just to sit there and watch this event. View Comment
Bramson's mouthpiece keeps noting "similar cities in Westchester county" What are you talking about - can you name similar cities, with similar demographics anywhere? Come on! Shows you how disconnected you are.
Also, to mention that Astorino could do anything about school taxes shows you again how naive and silly Branson is. Has he done anything to ameliorate the school taxes in New Rochelle in his combined 18 years in the city council and as the part-time ceremonial mayor of New Rochelle? Time for Bramson to get a real job. View Comment
Mary Jo is an honorable person who has always spoken clearly and honestly. She cares deeply for the children and parents in New Rochelle. Given her professional, real work background, she is well suited for this next phase. Good luck Mary Jo!!
Martin Sanchez View Comment
The Mayor speaks in niceties and vague references to what will probably happen. It’s the epitome of Teletubbies. As most New Rochelleans have deduced, he is disconnected from the realities of the working class people in New Rochelle. The protest by New Rochelle finest is indicative of this lack of awareness , sense of responsibility and consideration on the part of the Mayor. His political role is to use this State of the City platform with bells and whistles; it is a game of three card monte. There is no teeth to anything he has to say, but it sounds nice – Harvard does that to you. You have here an inept ceremonial Mayor who’s never worked a day in his life trying to lead a city that needs action and real solutions instead of poetic sound bites that we have become so sadly accustomed to. His only motivation is to dress to impress with his English language skills and to line his pockets to move up the political ladder at the expense of all of us proposing upscale housing developments to nowhere. Anyone from the North End listening? View Comment
The relocation of the DPW yard to the West End of New Rochelle is not urgent. Given our economic situation, we must re-think what our priorities are. A couple of years ago when the relocation was presented by the Mayor, there was no input nor opinion sought by the residents of the West End. It seemed then, and now, that our opinion and our welfare was not important. I am led to conclude that this effort is nothing more than a strategic case of Environmental Racism that will lead to a disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on the overwhelming majority of people of color who live in the West end. Many letters were written to mayor Bramson and no response has ever occurred which leads us to conclude that the Mayor considers the people of color in New Rochelle expendable. Does he have the chutzpah to meaningfully engage the West End community on this issue? View Comment
Just curious where these cameras will be placed. I say, they should be on QuakerRidge and North; on Quaker Ridge where Ward & Albert Leoanrd are; All along Pinebrook; North near Wilmot.There is no need to put them anywhere else as there is an overwhelming police presence in the West End already. View Comment
Cristobal Colon initiated the plunder of the Americas. Why do we celebrate this man? The fact is he murdered indigenous people for wealth in the name of religion. The tales of Columbus and cluster of other myths, constitute the mythology of America and they must be destroyed. We must re-write history. View Comment
Are these funds going to be used as compensation for these young people? All of it? Or will 1/2 or more go to the City to cover Admnistrative expenses or re-allocated to pay for something not currently envisioned by this grant? View Comment
Is there any public comment by Mayor Bramson or Forrest City? In light of these revelations & misgivings, will the City Council move forward with Forrest City/Echo Bay and the relocation of the City Yard? Has the Mayor returned the political contributions made by Forrest City to his Campaign?
I hope the school district will publish each answer that is submitted by the survey participants. Posting those answers on the nred.org website would be useful and transparent. Selectively choosing convenient answers would be unethical. View Comment
To the Mayor of New Rochelle:
You recently posted on your web site that “the status and potential relocation of New Rochelle’s Public Works Yard on East Main Street has stirred a long-running and sometimes heated debate. With the release of a new, detailed and conclusive engineering study, that debate should now be over”. With the development of the Echo Bay site promised many times before, there is the inevitable relocation of the public works yard to a new location. This new location has been identified as being on 85 Beechwood Avenue in the West End of New Rochelle. We live in this neighborhood! This is a congested area where many working class residents lived and work. It’s also where I-95 traverses overhead with thousands of cars spewing noxious fumes everyday. It is where children play and walk to their respective schools. In reviewing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), the City of New Rochelle produced , it was quite puzzling that the engineers did not look at any other residential open space in New Rochelle. Now with the Mayor and City Manager’s pronouncements, it smells like a done deal. A congested area would soon become even more congested and hazardous. Visualize if you will a huge salt dome, a fueling facility, a recyclables storage facility and a facility for city-owned and employee vehicles. Oh, yes, and plenty of sanitation and public works trucks. As these trucks rumble through our dilapidated streets, our children walk to Jefferson Elementary School or Isaac Young Middle School.
The Beechwood Avenue site mentioned in the DEIS will be more distress than any other neighborhood in New Rochelle. Now the neighborhood with dilapidated buildings and streets, odors and smoke from factories & auto shops, noise from trains and traffic congestion, or another neighborhood characteristic will be more stressful yet. I would argued that our local government needs to be more aggressive about understanding community viewpoints before proposing multi-million dollar potentially hazardous & unhealthy plans that could be resisted by our community.
In February 1994, President Clinton issued an executive order requiring "each federal agency [to] make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority and low income populations in the United States." In that same year, the New York State Board of Regents on Environmental Quality in Schools affirmed the right of all children to be taught in a safe learning environment and of children, parents, and school employees to know about environmental health hazards in the school environment. Can these same principles apply when you consider the relocation of the department of Public Works to the congested neighborhood of the West End of New Rochelle? There is a 62-acre parcel of land in the northern part of the city that would be more suitable. In the governmental rhetoric that proclaims our rich diversity of community, diversify the allocation of our public works to other parts of the city. Build a community park at 85 Beechwood Avenue. Get my drift!