Noam Bramson for County Executive

Who am I?

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 “civic-mindedness.”

Bramson has served as the Mayor of New Rochelle since January 2006 and was reelected most recently in 2011 with a record-breaking 79% of the vote. 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 attract new private investment to New Rochelle’s central business district and to forge public-private partnerships aimed at job creation and economic growth. He has been a strong advocate for thoughtful community and regional planning, spearheaded the creation of New Rochelle’s first 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 forty-year low.

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.

Since 1992, Bramson has maintained a professional relationship with Congresswoman Nita Lowey and has worked with the Congresswoman on both government and political challenges.

Why am I running?

Noam Bramson is running for County Executive to accomplish objectives that are important to the future of our region, and that have been neglected or undermined during the past four years. These include: (1) good planning to improve our economy, create jobs and protect our environment; (2) a serious strategy to share services so that we can eliminate waste and duplication and reduce the overall tax burden; (3) strengthened human services that encourage independence and self-sufficiency; (4) a pragmatic, problem-solving approach that encourages partnerships and collaboration, instead of conflict; and (5) a firm commitment to Westchester’s mainstream, common sense values, including a woman’s right to choose, gun safety standards, and equal rights for all of us.

My Goals

Noam Bramson's top priorities as County Executive will include:

a. Strengthening our Regional Economy through Sustainable, Well-Planned Growth. With a clear plan for growth, Westchester can attract new jobs and economic vitality to our cities, while protecting our natural resources and quality of life. I will work to ensure that we have state-of- the-art mass transit options, roads, and bridges, and will give Westchester’s cities a partner in County government who understands urban challenges and is committed to revitalizing downtowns. I will work with local leaders in the preparation of zoning codes, comprehensive plans, and generic environmental impact statements that provide for smart, sustainable growth and bring fresh investment where it is needed most. And I will work with community leaders to accelerate capital investments that can create jobs and jumpstart the local economy.

b. Supporting Families and Communities So All Residents Have a Chance to Succeed. Strong communities must value families, protect the vulnerable, and give each of us an opportunity to succeed. I will continue on a larger scale the work I have undertaken in New Rochelle: working with government, not-for-profit leaders, and volunteers to provide job training to youngsters, nutritional support to the needy, enrichment for seniors, and English language instruction to new Americans. I will encourage fair and affordable housing, and will promote independence, self-sufficiency, and success by working to provide career skills, supporting child care assistance, and strengthening the early childhood and public health initiatives that give youngsters a positive start in life.

c. Reforming Government to Deliver Better Value for our Tax Dollars. I will pursue opportunities to end waste and duplication by sharing services on a regional basis, so that municipalities and school districts can work together to save money. My administration will work to cut the overall cost of public services by forging inter-municipal agreements for functions such as street paving, emergency medical response, storm water management, and regulatory compliance, among others, so that local leaders can opt-in for savings coupled with top quality services for residents.

My DFA Values

Noam Bramson wants to stem the tide of shortsighted actions currently being taken by the current. By striving towards ensuring that the values held by the County Executive, we can protect all members of our community from myopic cuts, secure Westchester’s economy with green jobs and development, and defend the liberty of members of the community ending the current administrations rearward ways towards discrimination and personal choice.

Make Westchester More Affordable: Westchester has a legal obligation to encourage fair and affordable housing. Noam Bramson will work constructively to meet this challenge and put the divisive and costly dispute with HUD behind Westchester.

Balance Budgets Honestly and Responsibly: As Mayor, Noam Bramson launched a citizens’ budget process to ensure long-term fiscal sustainability. As County Executive, Noam Bramson will work cooperatively across party lines and propose balanced budgets that are honest and fiscally responsible.

Encourage Independence, Self-Sufficiency & Success: Targeted investments that promote independence and opportunity benefit all of us by reducing the overall cost of public services. Noam Bramson will work to support child care assistance so that parents can hold a job, provide career skills that offer a pathway to employment, preserve and enhance permanent housing opportunities, and strengthen the early childhood and public health initiatives that give youngsters a positive start in life.

Streamline Smart, Green Development: Noam Bramson will restore Westchester’s leadership role and advocate for reforms in the environmental review process that reward positive climate adaptation and green building practices. He will seek federal and state financial incentives for the development of energy conservation and transit districts, to take advantage of Westchester’s strong mass transit infrastructure.

Protect a Woman’s Right to Choose & Stand Up For Women’s Health: Noam Bramson is strongly pro-choice, and will always defend the rights of women and doctors to make reproductive health decisions.

Support Marriage Equality: Noam Bramson believes every person should have the right to marry and receive equal protection under the law.

Bring Us Together: Each of us benefits when all of our neighbors are valued, respected, and given a real chance to succeed. Bramson will always be a strong advocate for inclusion and equal opportunity and will work to knock down barriers that prevent Westchester residents from being full participants in our shared future.

My Campaign is People Powered!

The Noam Bramson for County Executive campaign is dedicated to working on a grassroots level to gather support and fight the uphill battle of fighting a well funded radical Tea Party incumbent that is out of line with the needs and concerns of progressives in Westchester.

We have partnered with the local LBGT community and Empire State Pride Agenda to form an alliance to help remove a County Executive that opposes marriage equality. With the LBGT community we have held fundraisers, raised issue awareness and contracted LBGT and allies alike in order to further our cause.

The Bramson Campaign with community leaders and activists at rallies and on the streets bring attention to the current administration's cuts to health care and childcare to the public eye. With the help of local religious leaders, we gathered over 200 people to discuss these cuts that disproportionally hurt those in the most need in a public forum where it cannot be ignored.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Andrew Buder
  • Lewis Steven Goldblatt


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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