By Phil Reisman, July 22, 2014

It takes a rare kind of guts to admit cowardice. So here is a reason to admire New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.

In an eloquent online message posted on his website,, Bramson confessed that he felt “shame” for failing to rebut a highly emotional outcry of opposition that erupted at a public meeting over a proposed, state-run group home.

Nobody spoke in favor of the group home. The arguments ran the usual gamut of fear. The home would bring unwanted traffic. It was too close to other homes. Property values would decline.

It was even suggested by one speaker that the residents of the group home—four young men on the autism spectrum—could potentially be sexual predators. Rather than being censored, the speaker was given a round of applause.

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