Noam Bramson likes to talk about being a product of the New Rochelle public school system which makes sense when you consider the Stalinist mentality among school district educrats and Bramson’s rather twisted notions about representative government.
Mayor Noam Bramson, reacting to our reporting on the City’s stimulus funding requests, chided council members last week for expressing their concerns publicly. Bramson does not want City Council members to relate any concerns they might have about how the government is being run “second or third hand through the media or some other avenue”. Our Mayor find this to be “unhealthy” and not the sort of dialog which “ought to exist between individuals and groups that really have to be working in partnership.”
Apologies in advance for the lousy audio.
Mr. Bramson might want to consider that the “other avenue” to which he refers was a meeting of the Confederation of Neighborhood Associations at which roughly 20% of the City was represented. Three members of the City Council where there along with State Rep. George Latimer. Council members Tarantino, Trangucci and St. Paul all got up and spoke. When St. Paul was asked what was happening with the stimulus package he expressed his view that he the council was not sufficiently consulted at which point many of those in attendance peppered him with questions. Talk of the Sound and The Westchester Herald were both covering the meeting and accurately reported the remarks of the City Council members.
So, what is it exactly that Mayor Bramson is complaining about? Is he opposed to local representatives attending community meetings? Is he opposed to representatives answering questions from their constituents? Does he object to repreesntatives expressing their honest opinion? Does he object to the media covering such an event or reporting on such an event?
I, for one, would like Mayor Bramson to be specific about what exactly it is that he is concerned about here because it seems to me that democracy worked here. There was some concern over the way the stimulus request was being handled, those concerns were aired, and those concerns were addressed. The notion that elected representatives should not express their views or advocate on behalf of those they represent because a public employee might take offense strikes me as anti-democratic and un-American.
I do hope Mayor Bramson will elaborate his views further as I think voters have a right to know whether he supports the First Amendment and all all those other little Amendments stuck on at the end of the Constitution or whether they are to be sacrificed for his rather dainty sense of propriety.