Race for New Rochelle mayor pits longtime incumbent vs. grandson of former governor

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The race for New Rochelle mayor pits a longtime incumbent against a newcomer whose family is no stranger to New York politics.

Republican Brendan Conroy is looking for a major upset over incumbent Democrat Noam Bramson. Conroy is the grandson of former New York Gov. Malcolm Wilson, who the original Tappan Zee Bridge was named after.

According to Conroy, the loss of parking spaces that comes with the redevelopment of an old parking garage on Division Street is just one example of city residents being negatively impacted by overdeveloping downtown.

Mayor Bramson sees things differently.

"My opponent's response to what 's happening with respect to our downtown is a good example of why New Rochelle struggled for 50 years," says Bramson. "We were known as the community that couldn't get out of its own way."

Conroy says if elected, he would work to pass term limits. Bramson has served as New Rochelle's mayor since 2006 -- he is running for his fourth term. Bramson, who served for 10 years on City Council before becoming mayor, says it's not how long you've been in office, but what you've done with that time.

Voters will decide whether to stick with their longtime mayor or try someone new on Nov. 5.

 

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