The State Of The Borough Address

This past Friday at Evander Childs High School, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. delivered his first State of the Borough Address. As he stood before a throng of Bronx residents and those who are fighting on behalf of the borough (including Bronx Community Solutions' Project Director Maria Almonte and Community Initiatives Coordinator TK Singleton), Mr. Diaz outlined his plan for the coming year.

Mr. Diaz discussed his idea to develop a "green economy" in the Bronx - linked to the announcement of a Federal grant from the Consortium of Worker's Education that will fund the training of more than 400 Bronx residents in the field of energy efficiency. Mr. Diaz also stressed that he would work with developers to bring a real hotel to the Bronx, and spoke of the continued war on illegal handguns, while citing the recent buybacks that took place in the churches of the borough and pledging to rid the Bronx of 1,500 more guns over the next year.

At the conclusion of his speech, Mr. Diaz made a call for the residents of the borough to work together as "One Bronx." As "One Bronx," Diaz explained, the residents of the borough "have the will to stand up and fight for our neighborhoods, to ensure that we no longer receive the short end of the stick when it comes to economic development, education, and the critical funding our communities need to thrive.”

To read the Borough President's speech in full, click here...