RYE BROOK, N.Y. – After a heated campaign for Westchester County Executive, Democratic hopeful Noam Bramson conceded to incumbent Rob Astorino shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Democratic Headquarters at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook.
Bramson said he called Astorino to offer his congratulations and support as Astorino earned a second term, and will be ready to resume his normal duties as the mayor of New Rochelle now that the campaign is finished.
“It’s easy to be gracious in victory, but it’s even more difficult in defeat,” he said. “The saying goes that I’m too old to cry, but it hurts too much to laugh. I’m just filled with gratitude for everyone’s support.
"Running against a well-liked and well-financed incumbent is a tough challenge. The fact we came so close is a tribute to everyone here. This is your campaign."
After thanking the volunteers that donated time and money, as well as supporters and his fellow Democrats, Bramson said he remains dedicated to Westchester County politics, in whatever office he is in.
“What matters, is that at the end of this campaign, I’m more committed to public service than ever before,” he said.
Following his speech, Bramson joked that he would likely take a day off before returning to his office in New Rochelle. Although the race didn't go his way, he added that he felt that democracy was served and the voters got what they desired.
"When you enter politics, you agree to engage in this process. I have to stand up, applaud and congratulate Rob," he said. "We approached the challenge of the county executive differently, but I've always respected the skills he brings to the office. We disagreed on a great number of things, but the voters spoke today."
While he expressed a desire to return to his mayoral duties and a “reasonably normal state of operations,” Bramson was disappointed he won't be able to enact many of the policies he touted during his campaign.
“There was so much that I wanted to do, and that work is going to have to wait,” he said. “My regret is not for myself. My regret is that I wasn't able to bring home the victory that each of you deserve.”