I have been present at most of Noam Bramson’s State of the City addresses. I believe I have been at the last 10 in a row. Tonight was a very good speech throughout. It is the only speech I can recall that was consistently strong, beat after beat.
I had an advanced copy so had a chance to watch Noam deliver the speech know what was coming and where he was going.
Setting aside Noam’s typical stylized narrative — this one pegged to Noam’s family having moved to New Rochelle 50 years ago — you would have to really want New Rochelle to fail to not have thought there is a lot right with the State of the City in 2019.
There was something that was less grasping, more genuine about tonight’s speech. That had a lot to do with their being actual successes to talk about unlike many past speeches where it was all about what might be or what might have been.
Noam thankfully bypassed the State of the School District (i.e., train wreck) and focused instead on some genuine New Rochelle success stories.
In the past, he tended to dwell on people who were successful and happened to reside in New Rochelle. Tonight there were more people who had success in New Rochelle or were even New Rochelleans who had success in New Rochelle.
The speech was about an hour but tightly written and delivered rapidly without a lot of pandering applause lines.
The most notable feature of the speech was it was filled with examples of very good things that have happened or are in the midst of happening not things that might happen.
Noam said tonight the state of the city is not just strong but the strongest its ever been. He’s right.
What do you think?