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 was appointed Mayor of New Rochelle in January 2006 to complete the unexpired term of former Mayor Timothy Idoni. Bramson was then elected to a full four-year term in November 2007, winning an overwhelming 67% of the vote. Prior to becoming Mayor, Bramson served for ten years on the New Rochelle City Council as the representative of the Fifth Council District.
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 more than a billion dollars in 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 resident of New Rochelle and a proud product of the New Rochelle public schools. He attended Roosevelt Elementary School and Albert Leonard Middle School, and graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1987.
Bramson went on to Harvard University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in just three years, and then received a Masters degree in Public Policy. Bramson was chosen to deliver Harvard’s commencement address in 1990.
Since 1992, Bramson has maintained a professional relationship with Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Lowey calls Bramson “an exceptionally talented public servant, who is smart, hard-working, and principled.”
Bramson has served on the Boards of numerous civic organizations, including the New Rochelle Campership Fund, the Castle Gallery, the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, the New Rochelle Council of Community Services, the Westchester Jewish Council, 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, were born in December 2003 and December 2005, respectively, and are both pupils in the New Rochelle public schools.