I have been conflicted for months about Noam Bramson running for County Executive. On the one hand, I want him out of New Rochelle and on the other hand he can do even more damage if he ever climbs his way up to the county level. I have increasingly come down on the side that I want Noam to lose even if that means we are stuck with him for two more years. I hold out hope that he will lose and become so discouraged that he will go take a job in Washington or Albany.
In any case, Suzanne Samin at Daily Voice has an amusing (to me) article about the New Rochelle Street Fair on Sunday: New Rochelle Street Fair Continues City's Anniversary Celebration.
I was there walking around with Rob Astorino and his entourage (which included me and my kids who were sporting Astorino shirts, signs and flyers) as he worked the crowd for about two hours.
Astorino met a lot of people, was very well received and seemed in no itching hurry to leave.
Noam, on the other hand, was nowhere to be found. I heard that he had not planned to attend the event at all but was brow-beaten into coming at least for the ribbon-cutting.
Samin's article suggests Noam did the Mayoral equivalent of a dine-and-dash:
Mayor Noam Bramson opened the fair to the public along with the 325th Anniversary Committee and the City of New Rochelle at 11 a.m but was not available for comment.
Astorino, by contract, found himself welcomed with open arms on the Mayor's home turf:
County Executive Rob Astorino was at the fair, meeting constituents and handing out brochures asking voters to vote for him against Bramson in November.
He told The Daily Voice, "I'm having a blast. It's a lot of people, a lot of fun. The old cars are great to look at. Its nice to see businesses out here getting some added traffic and seeing the community."
When I got there after lunchtime, Noam was long gone but there were two Bramson supporters (including our own Brian Sussman!) handing out palm cards for Bramson -- all in Spanish.
What does it say that Noam could not be bothered to stick around at an event from the 325th Anniversary Committee which he created and instead left behind a bunch of spanish-language campaign literature? A lot of the guests at the event appeared to be Spanish-speakers and those from New Rochelle were likely from the West End. I guess that's just not Noam's crowd.