Noam Bramson

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Noam Bramson
Mayor of New Rochelle, New York
Assumed office
January 2006
Preceded by Timothy C. Idoni
Personal details
Born (1969-12-13) December 13, 1969 (age 47)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Catherine Stern

Noam Bramson (born December 13, 1969) is an American politician from the state of New York. He is the mayor of New Rochelle, New York and has served since being appointed in January 2006 to complete the unexpired term of Mayor Timothy C. Idoni. Bramson was reelected in 2011 with 79% of the vote.[1]

Prior to becoming mayor, Bramson served for ten years on the New Rochelle City Council as a representative of the Fifth City District. In 2013 Bramson was nominated by the Westchester County Democratic Party to be its candidate for Westchester County Executive against incumbent Republican Rob Astorino.[2]

Early life[edit]

Noam Bramson was born on December 13, 1969 in New Rochelle, New York. In 1987, Bramson went to Harvard University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in three years, and then received a master's degree in Public Policy. Bramson was chosen to give a student address at his Harvard's commencement in 1990.[3]

Political career[edit]

From 1992 until 2012, Bramson served as a political consultant and speechwriter for Rep. Nita Lowey.[4] Bramson 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.

City Council[edit]

Bramson returned to New Rochelle after college in 1995, and at the age of 25, was elected to New Rochelle City Council. He won his subsequent election bids in 1999 and 2003, garnering more than 70 percent of the vote.[5]

2002 Assembly challenge[edit]

In 2002, Bramson challenged longtime Democratic Assemblyman Ron Tocci. Bramson won the Democratic primary with 61% of the vote. Tocci switched parties, winning against Bramson in the general election as the Republican Party candidate with 53% of the vote.[6]


In January 2006, Bramson was appointed to a one-year term as mayor to complete the unexpired term of Timothy Idoni.[7] Bramson won a special election in November 2006 for Mayor. In 2007, Bramson won his first full four-year term and was re-elected in 2011 with 79% of the vote.[8]

Bramson is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[9] a bipartisan group. He has been an advocate of thoughtful community, and regional planning. He led the creation of New Rochelle’s first Sustainability Plan,[10] 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. Bramson has secured grants for critical infrastructure priorities, including the enhancement of major transportation corridors and the rehabilitation of New Rochelle’s playing fields. Under Bramson's tenure New Rochelle’s crime rate has seen a significant reduction,[11]

2013 race for County Executive[edit]

On April 25, 2013, Bramson defeated Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins of Yonkers and Legislator Bill Ryan of White Plains to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for the county’s top office. He faced Republican County Executive Rob Astorino in the November 2013 election and lost in the general election.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Bramson is a first-generation American. His Polish-born parents were refugees during World War II who met in Israel in the 1950s, married, and moved to the United States. Bramson married Catherine (“Catie”) Stern, Ph.D., a pediatric neuropsychologist, on May 12, 2002.[13] They have two sons.


  1. ^ "New Rochelle Election: Bramson Re-elected", Michael Woyton on New Rochelle Patch
  2. ^ Noam Bramson, Westchester Dems get ready for Rob Astorino, Elizabeth Ganga on
  3. ^ Graduation Speakers Selected: Bramson, Black, And Shin to Speak At Commencement, Harvard Crimson
  4. ^ King, Nancy. "The Great Endorsement Race" (PDF). The Westchester Guardian. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  5. ^ Claus, Nancy. "The Boy-Wonder Mayor of New Rochelle". Westchester Magazine. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  6. ^ KILGANNON, COREY. "Running for G.O.P. Pays Off For Democrat". The New York Times. The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Brenner, Elsa. "IN PERSON; Perched at the Top, a Mayor Surveys the City of His Birth". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Whitaker, Barbera. "A Melee Highlights Issues Downtown". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members". 
  10. ^ Woyton, Michael. "GreeNR Sustainability Plan Approved". Patch. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Rochelle, NY Crime and Crime Rate,
  12. ^ Ganga, Elizabeth. "Westchester Democrats pick Noam Bramson for County Executive race". Lowhud. The Journal News. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "WEDDINGS; Catherine Stern, Noam Bramson". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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Preceded by
Timothy C. Idoni
Mayor of New Rochelle, New York