I don’t have any particular problem with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson sending his kids to summer camp at the Rye YMCA. Rye is a beautiful town with nice shops and restaurants. I had an apartment there on Purchase Street next to the Square House. When I got married in 1986, my wife moved in. We loved it.
The only thing that strikes me about this is the way Noam loves to preach about how much he loves New Rochelle and how everything is so great in New Rochelle. I recall his response to a Journal News article on the “North-South” divide back in 2008. He wrote an Op-Ed declaring his love for the New Rochelle school systems and proudly noted how he went to the public schools in New Rochelle and his own kids would be going to the public schools in New Rochelle.
The only problem with the Op-Ed was that the article was about how the South End parents feel short changed by the South End public schools. Noam failed to mention that he grew up in the North End and went to North End schools or that he now lives in the North End and his kids would also be going (and now to go) to the North End Schools. It reminds me of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama preaching about the wonders of public schools for everyone…except their own kids. I guess Noam is disappointed there is no Sidwell Friends schools in New Rochelle.
The City of New Rochelle offers many great summer programs. Our own Parks & Recreation Department program has some wonderful summer programs including ones held in our North End schools. The YMCA has programs and other schools have programs. So what’s wrong with New Rochelle, Noam?
I don’t mind Noam sending his kids to a day camp in Rye, I do mind be lectured to by someone who does not practice what they preach. Seems Noam never learned you are judged not by what you say but what you do.
Have a nice summer in Rye! Let us know when you decide to come back slumming in New Rochelle.