New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson delivers State of the City address

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson delivered his State of the City address on Thursday night. (3/21/14)

NEW ROCHELLE - New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson delivered his State of the City address on Thursday night.

Coming off of a losing run for Westchester County executive last fall, Bramson focused on the future and redevelopment in his speech at the Davenport Club.

He included plans to transform the city's transit center and downtown Main Street. He is calling for 2,000 new apartments and 500,000-square feet of new retail space, all linked together by plazas and walkways.

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Bramson said he learned his lesson after his plan to revitalize prime real estate along the Long Island Sound was rejected by both Republican and Democrat city councilmembers in 2013. He said the city will have new proposals for the site in two months.

Republican councilmembers said that while the mayor's message was optimistic, his proposals lacked details.

Bramson says the city hopes to select developers for downtown New Rochelle by the end of this summer.

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