Lunch Meeting Lands Me Into Reisman Article!

I made it into a Phil Reisman article just for lunch appointment with Mayor Noam Bramson! You can find me at the end of the article. It’s always useful to have lunch or an adult beverage with fellow elected officials to discuss the issues facing our community and how we can work together to better serve the people. From Washington to Albany to White Plains to New Rochelle and Pelham, we need more elected officials breaking bread and finding common ground.  The Reisman article is below.

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Jim Maisano
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Phil Reisman: Bramson job rumors look premature

The Journal New, January 26, 2013

Noam Bramson says none of the rumors about him are true.

He’s not quitting his job as mayor of New Rochelle to take a job with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Nor is he about to jump ship and join Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff.

He hasn’t sought a job. Nobody has even approached him with an offer.

It’s all bunk.

“I’ve been getting a good laugh out of the career planning that others are doing for me,” he said.

Bramson, a Democrat who ran for Westchester County executive in November and lost in a landslide to Republican incumbent Rob Astorino, has two years left as mayor. In a phone interview, he told me that he intended to serve out the term.

Rumors of his future plans recently made their way into the Snoopy Allgood column, an anonymously penned feature that for many years has been a mainstay of the Westchester County Press, a weekly newspaper published in White Plains. The column attributed the various Bramson job scenarios to a “well-known Republican activist.”

The rumors seem to be based on the notion that Bramson’s political career has hit a dead end and that the time has come to make a change and move on. Right after the bruising election, he suffered another serious political setback when a development project he ardently supported for Echo Bay, a prime piece of the city’s waterfront, was rejected by the Democratic-led city council.

Snoopy’s “well-known Republican activist” could very well be one of the many locals who loudly opposed the Echo Bay project and were calling for the mayor’s scalp. If so, then the predictions of Bramson’s imminent resignation should amount to nothing more than partisan wishful thinking.

“I have not read the Allgood column, although I’ve heard these rumors,” Bramson said. “There is no truth to it.”

However, based on a contrived Rule of Three, Bramson’s assumption of a new job would make sense. After all, he was one of the three officials who vied for the Democratic nomination for county executive, and the other two men, then-county Legislator Bill Ryan of White Plains and Legislator Ken Jenkins of Yonkers, have since secured nice little sinecures.

Ryan received a generous waiver from his board colleagues so he could take a $190,000 job with Westchester Medical Center a year earlier than allowed under a county ethics law. As I said in a Jan. 9 column, it didn’t hurt Ryan’s chances that Mark Tulis, the chairman of the medical center’s board of directors, is a law partner of John Kirkpatrick, a White Plains city councilman and Ryan’s friend. Kirkpatrick’s wife worked as an administrative assistant for Ryan in the days when he was chairman of the Board of Legislators. (An addendum: I have it on good authority that three days after that column appeared the Kirkpatricks threw a party for Ryan.)

Jenkins not only lost his bid for county executive, he was unseated as board chairman, resulting in a drop in salary of about $37,000 from his chairman’s pay of $89,200. But Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano came to the rescue by appointing him president and CEO of the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency. The IDA’s mission is to promote economic growth and create jobs. Jenkins’s job will pay him $60,000 a year.

How he will divide his time between the part-time legislator job and the IDA is unknown.

Christian Gilmartin, a Spano spokeswoman, said: “His role is not designated by hours, as the traditional 9-5 in the office. His role will be out in the marketplace, garnering interest from developers.”

At any rate, Bramson is staying put in New Rochelle. He said he took a long, introspective break over the holidays.

“I’m sure you’ve had this feeling that you didn’t realize how tired you are until you stop,” he said. “And I was completely exhausted. So I feel really quite refreshed. I’m eager to get going with all the things we can do this year.”

One of the first things he’s done so far is revive a tradition of occasionally breaking bread with Legislator Jim Maisano, a popular New Rochelle Republican who was at odds with Bramson over Echo Bay.

“Why would he ask me to go out to lunch to talk about the next couple of years in New Rochelle if he was going anywhere?” Maisano said.

“I’ve always had respect for people that can reach out their hand and say, ‘Let’s talk,’ ” he said. “That’s a good thing in politics. We’ve lost a lot of that.”

http://www.lohud.com/article/20140125/COLUMNIST08/301250070/Phil-Reisman-Bramson-job-rumors-look-premature

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Video of Press Conference Announcing Bipartisan Committee Chairs for Westchester Board of Legislators

Here is the video of our January 9 press conference where we announced the bipartisan assignments of chairs for the committees of the Westchester County Board of Legislators for the 2014-15 term.  Chair Kaplowitz and I are pleased that we could maximize the talents of both the Democrat and Republican legislators on our Board and ensure that all legislators are either in leadership or chairing a committee.  We are committed to promoting professional, collegial and bipartisan governance for this term, with the emphasis on consensus and compromise.

I am also excited that I have been assigned to Co-Chair the Task Force on Hispanic Affairs with County Legislator Virginia Perez.

County Legislator
Jim Maisano
Vice Chair
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CtyLegJimMaisano@gmail.com

 
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Bipartisan Leadership Demonstrated – Kaplowitz and Maisano Appoint Democrats and Republicans to Chair Board Committees

We received excellent media coverage of our selection of chairs of the committees on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for 2014-15.  Chair Kaplowitz and I named every legislator not in leadership to chair a committee, and now every legislator is truly involved with the running of our Board.  This is a perfect example of the bipartisan and professional government that Chair Kaplowitz and I pledged to bring to our Board when we were elected on 1/6/14.  Here are some links to this media coverage of the new committee chairs:

http://newrochelle.dailyvoice.com/politics/westchester-bol-announces-committee-structure-leadership-2014-15

http://westchester.news12.com/news/1.6768957

http://westchester.lohudblogs.com/2014/01/09/westchester-legislative-leaders-announce-committee-heads/

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Jim Maisano
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Westchester Legislators Elect Kaplowitz, Maisano To Board Leadership Posts

Here is a post on Talk of the Sound about the election and swearing-in of the new bipartisan leadership team at the Westchester County Board of Legislators.  Mike Kaplowitz will be a great Chair!  I look forward to serving as Vice Chair.

Westchester Legislators Elect Kaplowitz, Maisano To Board Leadership Posts

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Jim Maisano
Vice Chair
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Thrilled To Be Elected Vice Chair!

Historic night last night at Westchester County Board of Legislators!

Jim Maisano

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We made history last night at the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) reorganization meeting. Two guys that grew up in New Rochelle were elected as Chair & Vice Chair – Democrat Mike Kaplowitz as Chair and yours truly as Vice Chair. (Chairman Kaplowitz now lives in Somers). Most importantly, this is the first bipartisan leadership team for the BOL that anyone can remember. I will be the first Republican officer of the BOL since 1997 and am incredibly honored to serve as Vice Chair for the next two years.

Our bipartisan leadership team is committed to ensuring that the deliberations of the BOL are performed in a professional, collegial and serious manner. We will create a process where legislators debate the important issues facing Westchester in a respectful and thoughtful manner with a goal of building consensus and creating compromise. We will provide legislative oversight over the county…

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Had A Great Run As Minority Leader!

Excited about new legislative challenges to begin this week.

Jim Maisano

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 31 was my final day as the Republican minority leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL). I want to thank the GOP county legislators and our excellent staff for being so supportive and helpful over the past four years. It’s been my honor to serve as minority leader, and I’m very proud of all that our caucus accomplished, especially our work in fighting for fiscal responsibility and ethical, open and good government. There were 4 Republicans when I began in 2010 and now we have 7, and we had an important impact on the county budgets and other policy issues. My priority was to ensure that the GOP Caucus was an independent voice in our county government by providing checks and balances over both the Democrat county legislators and…

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Toys for Tots 2013

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Toys for Tots 2013, a set on Flickr.

Our annual Toys for Tots event was a huge success. We collected about 1,000 toys and several thousand dollars from gift cards and contributions. The event was held on 12/14/13 at RRQ BBQ in New Rochelle. Please check out the photos.

The snow outside really gave everyone the holiday spirit. We enjoyed our terrific carolers and appreciate the help from all the volunteers. Thanks to everyone that came out on a snowy day to support Toys for Tots and to help make the holidays better for kids in need in our area. Some of the toys went to Hope Community Services in New Rochelle.

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Jim Maisano
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