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New Rochelle Mayor Postpones State Of City Address Amid Coronavirus Concerns

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson postponed the annual State of the City due to coronavirus fears.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson postponed the annual State of the City due to coronavirus fears. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

The New Rochelle “State of the City” address has been postponed as local, county and state officials deal with the spread of coronavirus.

This week, 10 cases of coronavirus connected to a 50-year-old New Rochelle attorney have been confirmed, contained to two families in the city. Those residents have since entered a two-week self-quarantine, officials said, though there are still concerns about the spread in the community.

In response, while city officials deal with the increasing fears of the spread of coronavirus, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson announced that he will be postponing his annual State of the City address, which was planned for Thursday, March 5.

“With the guidance of public health officials and with the goal of focusing our full attention on the present coronavirus challenges in New Rochelle, we have decided to postpone the annual State of the City address, which had been scheduled for tomorrow evening,” officials stated. “I look forward to setting a new date soon and to sharing my thoughts about opportunities for further progress in our city.”

Earlier this week, Bramson said "together with other city officials, I have been and will remain in constant communication with county and state leaders, who have primary responsibility for public health matters, and we will assist and support their efforts in any appropriate and constructive fashion.

"This will be a very significant challenge for our community. Already hundreds of residents, chiefly members of the congregation of Young Israel of New Rochelle, have been quarantined as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of the virus.

"At a minimum, this will be a deeply distressing and disruptive experience for the families affected. Investigation of potential avenues of exposure is ongoing and additional directives may follow as needed."

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