"Never his mind on where he was."
Like Luke demanding that Yoda train him as a Jedi, the Mayor of New Rochelle has been unable to succeed for New Rochelle because his mind is always elsewhere -- on himself, on his resume, on his greater ambition beyond New Rochelle - never his mind on tackling real issues in New Rochelle but creating "solvable" issues for him to "solve", all signifying very little for the people of New Rochelle.
Yoda: All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things…
And where has Noam's mind been?