In 2011, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson told voters that Shari Rackman had a strong work ethic, responsiveness, a personal commitment to serving others and praised her as a tenacious representative for the people in neighborhoods of northern New Rochelle. He said he admired Shari Rackman because she was willing to delve into the complexities and trade-offs inherent in any serious discussion of public policy and that she works to identify the right answer rather than settling for the easy answer.
When Rackman actually did those things, concluding (as Bramson himself later admitted in his 2015 State of the City Address) that the Forest City/Echo Bay plan was "flawed" and not in the interest of her constituents who would bear not only the costs of Bramson's flawed plan but see their schools overcrowded as a result she had the courage to say that Emperor Ratner was not wearing any clothes.
So, now Bramson has a new candidate who he promises has intelligence, integrity, and deep personal commitment to New Rochelle. In what has to be the political whopper of 2015 (so far), Bramson offers this empty promise "Liz and I won’t agree on every issue, and that’s fine, because all Council Members should think independently and make decisions on the merits." Of course, Noam Bramson is well known for surrounding himself with people who do not agree with him, right? (wink, wink).
The election on Thursday is not about whether Shari Rackman has done a good job for her District and for the City (she has and fair-minded people know that). It is not even about Liz Fried who is a rubber-stamp, stealth candidate who has not been, by her own admission, involved in the community for over a decade and likely longer and now seeks to "reinvent herself" as she said during a recent candidate debate.
The election is really about Noam Bramson.
In a City run by Democrats where the GOP counts for virtually nothing (and they act like it, year in and year out, not even bothering to run candidates in some Districts or for Mayor), the question facing voters in the Democratic Primary is simple: do you want to reward the tantrums of Noam who is seeking to oust a woman he was more than happy to praise right up until she had the temerity to not agree with Noam on a single issue (Echo Bay) and replace her with a woman who is little more than a cipher - a puppet who, if she actually showed the type of independence she claims to have and which Noam claims to respect would be primaried in 2019 just as Rackman is being primaried now.
This is not a general public issue. This is an issue for the Democratic Primary voters to decide. And so Talk of the Sound has not weighed in heavily on Rackman v. Fried but many outside District 6 will be watching to see just how tired of the Bramson routine Democrats have become. Is the bloom off the rose or can we expect another two decades of Bramson as Mayor?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Polling Place information that is out there is not necessarily correct due to the closing of Webster School. For the latest polling information visit http://www.downtownlowdown.com website.
|Liz Fried for City Council||Shari Rackman in Council District 6|
|September 8, 2015||October 31, 2011|
|This Thursday, September 10th, there is an important Democratic primary election in New Rochelle’s Council District Six.
I strongly endorse Liz Fried.
I have known Liz for twenty years and have seen firsthand her intelligence, integrity, and deep personal commitment to New Rochelle. With an impressive professional and academic background in economics, as well as wide-ranging community experience, Liz will be an outstanding advocate for the people of District Six.
Liz and I won’t agree on every issue, and that’s fine, because all Council Members should think independently and make decisions on the merits. But Liz and I do share a coherent vision for New Rochelle’s future and a common determination to make the most of our city’s great opportunities. We will be true partners, and that really matters to the quality and professionalism of local leadership.
Turnout in primaries tends to be low, so many polling places have been consolidated for this election. Those who aren’t sure where to vote can find out here: bit.ly/NewRoVotes2015
The polls will be open from 6:00am to 9:00pm.
With so much at stake, I urge Democrats in District Six to elect a leadership team that works together constructively. Please join me in supporting Liz Fried.
|With the election just around the corner. I want to take a moment to share a few thoughts about the team that can best lead our city for the next four years.
Marianne Sussman's retirement after 12 productive years on the Council creates an open seat in Council District 6, and we are very fortunate that Shari Rackman is thrown her hat into the ring. An attorney, mother, a resident of New Rochelle since her teen years, Shari's work ethic responsiveness and personal commitment to serving others are second to none. She will be a tenacious representative for the people in neighborhoods of northern New Rochelle.
Many first-time candidates have a tendency to resort to slogans or overly simplistic solutions. I admire the fact that Shari instead delves into the complexities and trade-offs inherent in any serious discussion of public policy. She works to identify the right answer rather than settling for the easy answer, and when it comes to the choices most likely to achieve progress in New Rochelle, her instincts are outstanding.
And while Shari possesses a clear-eyed understanding of the obstacles and problems that confront New Rochelle (and so many other cities,) she still approaches these challenges in an upbeat and positive spirit. Her blend of realism and confidence will be a great asset in local government.
Finally, I'm impressed by the personal conviction with which Shari speaks about New Rochelle's unique qualities, including its human diversity. She understands what makes New Rochelle special, and her interest in service is grounded in that perception. I have every expectation that Shari will be a cornerstone of a responsive, constructive Council majority, and I'm looking forward eagerly to serve with her.