OSSINING - New Rochelle Mayor and County Executive challenger, Noam Bramson, met with residents of Bethel Homes and Services yesterday at the Croton-on-Hudson and Ossining campuses.
Speaking to a group at The Pines, Bethel’s apartment residence for independent-living seniors, Mr. Bramson told them his interest in public service was inspired by his parents who came to United States from Poland after World War II. Having lived through the experiences of war and oppressive governments, his parents wanted to create a life for themselves and their family where democracy and freedom were embraced and encouraged.
Mr. Bramson has served as the mayor of New Rochelle for seven years and is now seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Robert Astorino for the County Executive position. He shared with the group that if elected as County Executive, he would work to maintain programs that help the general well being of Westchester citizens by growing the economy through providing job opportunities and training. One example he cited was the positive effects of funding day care programs. “By providing day care, parents can go to work, make a living and strengthen the economy. If we cut that funding, the parent cannot go to work, they cannot earn a living and will need assistance. It will cost taxpayers more if day care programs are cut,” he said.
Other topics of conversation between Mr. Bramson and Bethel residents included solutions to reduce property tax, provide seniors with accessible transportation, offer affordable housing and create social settings for seniors.
As the meeting concluded, one resident, upon asking Mr. Bramson his political persuasion, then asked, “Will you work for the party or the people?” Mr. Bramson replied, “I will work for the people, always for the people.”