At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting in New Rochelle, Councilman and Republican nominee for mayor Richard St. Paul asked why it was Mayor Noam Bramson’s voice, and not that of City Manager Charles Strome III, on the recorded phone messages, or robo-calls, that went out to residents during tropical storm Irene.
Strome said he was too busy managing the city’s response to the storm to tape the recordings. St. Paul pressed, asking if members of council could record the messages next time. He then suggested that during an election year, the mayor ought not be allowed to make such recordings. Other members of council stared down at the table. Bramson seemed exasperated. It did not appear that St. Paul’s objection gained any traction, but it did serve as a reminder, in case anyone hadn’t noticed, that this is, in fact, an election year.