New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson announced today he wants to become the the Westchester county executive.
In a press release received Friday, Bramson, 43, said he will seek the Democratic nomination county executive in 2013. Bramson, who won re-election last year with a record-setting 79 percent of the vote, gives Democrats a top-tier contender to take on Republican incumbent Rob Astorino.
“We need a County Executive with a coherent vision for growing our economy and attracting new jobs, for cutting government waste and inefficiency, and for making good on our commitment to seniors, children, and working parents,” said Bramson. “As the Mayor of a diverse and complex community, I have brought people together to achieve positive change. As County Executive, I will act with innovation and energy to shape a stronger, healthier, and more inclusive Westchester.”
“It is time for a serious debate about our future, and I intend to offer a campaign of substance and ideas,” he said.
Bramson won re-election as New Rochelle mayor in 2011 with 70 percent of the vote.
A lifelong Westchester resident and a product of the New Rochelle public schools, Bramson is married to Catherine (“Catie”) Stern, Ph.D., a clinical pediatric neuropsychologist, affiliated with Family Health Associates of White Plains and Manhattan. Their young sons, Jeremy and Owen, are both students in the New Rochelle public schools.
He has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations, including the New Rochelle Campership Fund, the Castle Gallery, the Fund for Educational Excellence, the New Rochelle Council of Community Services, the Westchester Jewish Council, and the United Way of New Rochelle. He attended Harvard University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in three years, and then received a Masters degree in Public Policy.
Bramson was first elected to New Rochelle City Council in 1995 and has served as Mayor since 2006.