Yadira Ramos-Herbert Makes History As New Rochelle’s First Black Mayor


New Rochelle Councilwoman Yadira Ramos-Herbert defeated Republican opponent and former City Councilman Louis Trangucci, making history as the first Black Mayor of New York’s seventh-largest city.

Yadira, who ran on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, got 56% of the vote with 7,356 votes overall according to the Westchester County Board of Election’s unofficial tally posted on its website.

Yadira, who is finishing her first term as a member of the New Rochelle City Council, proudly representing District 3, touted the fresh perspective she would bring to city leadership as a bilingual, Afro-Latina in a city in which more than half of the residents are Black or Latino.

“It’s a win for New Rochelle, positivity, diversity every way you can think about it, coming together, working together to move the city to its next chapter,” Yadira, wearing a t-shirt that read, ‘The First But Not The Last,’ shared with those in attendance for her victory party at the Little Mexican Cafe on Main Street on Tuesday night.

New Rochelle Mayor-Elect Yadira Ramos-Herbert & Councilman-Elect Shane Osinloye on election night [Black Westchester]

Yadira became the first woman and first person of color to be elected mayor of the great city of New Rochelle. She is also the first new mayor in 17 years, succeeding Noam Bramson, the Democrat who has led the city of 80,000 since 2006.

New Rochelle Mayor-Elect Yadira Ramos-Herbert hugs current New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson at her victory party at Little Mexican Cafe, Nov. 7, 2023 [Black Westchester]

“I’m thrilled for Yadira, but more importantly I’m thrilled for New Rochelle,” Mayor Bramson shares with News 12’s Tara Rosenblum. “She is exactly the right person for where we are in this story of our growth and our evolution. A person of intelligence and integrity and sterling character, a history maker as you pointed out, I could not be more proud that Yadira Ramos-Herbert will be my mayor.”

Stay tuned to Black Westchester for a upcoming post-election interview with the new history-making mayor-elect of New Rochelle

AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief and co-owner of Black Westchester, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Rap Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.


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