Noam Bramson

Mayor of New Rochelle, NY

Through his dedicated public service, Noam Bramson has acquired a reputation for effective, responsive, and visionary leadership. The Journal News says Bramson is “a man of intelligence, drive, and ideas.” WVOX Radio calls Bramson “extraordinarily bright and very thoughtful … an absolute standout.” The Westchester County Business Journal lauds Bramson for “his intelligence, grace, vision and ability to grasp the whole picture and meaning of governance.” And the New York Times recognizes Bramson for his “skills and vision.” Bramson has served as the Mayor of New Rochelle since January 2006 and has been reelected three times by landslide margins, most recently in November 2015. Prior to becoming Mayor, Bramson served for ten years on the New Rochelle City Council. Bramson has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen New Rochelle’s economy, environment, safety, and quality of life. He has worked successfully to forge public-private partnerships aimed at job creation and economic growth, including the most ambitious downtown development initiative in New Rochelle’s history. He has been a strong advocate for thoughtful community planning, spearheaded the creation of New Rochelle’s award-winning Sustainability Plan, promoted efforts to establish new public access to the Long Island Sound shore, and adopted new land use policies to preserve open space and protect neighborhoods from overdevelopment. A strong advocate for his city, Bramson has secured grants for critical infrastructure priorities, including the enhancement of major transportation corridors and the rehabilitation of New Rochelle’s playing fields. And Bramson has worked in concert with public safety professionals to bring New Rochelle’s crime rate down to a fifty-year low. In 2013, Bramson won the Democratic nomination for Westchester County Executive, but lost the general election to Republican incumbent Rob Astorino. During his campaign, Bramson advocated a regional strategy for economic growth and shared services, while emphasizing his support for reproductive rights and sensible gun safety laws. From 1992 to 2012, Bramson maintained a professional relationship with Congresswoman Nita Lowey, with whom he worked on both governmental and political challenges. Bramson is a life-long Westchester resident and a product of the New Rochelle public schools. Bramson went on to Harvard University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in three years, and then received a Masters degree in Public Policy. Bramson has served in leadership roles in numerous civic organizations. He is a member of the Government & Finance Working Group for the Regional Plan Association, a member of the founding Board of Directors of Sustainable Westchester, and a past Board Member of the Westchester Jewish Council. Locally, he has served on the Boards of the New Rochelle Campership Fund, the Castle Gallery, the Fund for Educational Excellence, the New Rochelle Council of Community Services, and the United Way of New Rochelle. Bramson is married to Catherine (“Catie”) Stern, Ph.D., a clinical pediatric neuropsychologist, affiliated with Family Health Associates of White Plains and Manhattan. Their sons, Jeremy and Owen, are both pupils in the New Rochelle public schools.