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Bronx Economy Grows, Unemployment Falls

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. speaks with a job seeker during a job fair in the Bronx County Building on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. The event, which was co-sponsored by the borough president, the New York State Department of Labor and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, featured representatives of 23 companies offering 1,000 jobs, and was attended by hundreds of individuals.

The Bronx economy continues to grow and improve, according to recently released numbers from the New York State Department of Labor.

The unemployment rate in The Bronx fell to 7.3 percent in August 2015, down from 7.7 percent in July 2015 and 9.5 percent in August 2014. In January 2010, the borough’s unemployment rate hit an all-time high of 14.1 percent.

Those same statistics show that the borough’s labor force participation rate grew by 7,000 since August 2014, with about 19,600 more Bronxites employed and roughly 12,600 residents of Bronx County coming off the unemployment rolls.

“We are creating new jobs in The Bronx, and we are making sure that Bronxites are getting those jobs,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Together, in partnership with our elected officials, business community, non-profit sector and others, we have cut unemployment nearly in half since 2010, and we are continuing to attract new companies of all kinds to The Bronx. We have more work to do, but our efforts to improve the borough’s economy are certainly bearing fruit.”

Earlier this month, Borough President Diaz co-hosted a job fair with the New York State Department of Labor and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. The event featured representatives of 23 companies offering 1,000 jobs, and was attended by hundreds of individuals.

Also in September, Borough President Diaz cut the ribbon at the new home of tech firm Doran Jones in Port Morris. The company’s new Urban Development Center will bring hundreds of high-­tech jobs and millions in economic development to the South Bronx.

“We are building a diverse economy in The Bronx, and we are creating new jobs in a variety of fields. From our nascent tech sector, to our new retail hubs, to our burgeoning industrial and manufacturing concerns to the bedrock of our healthcare industry, we are creating jobs for all Bronxites,” said Borough President Diaz. 

The Department of Labor’s complete release can be found at http://on.ny.gov/1Fwtb65.

Since Borough President Diaz took office in 2009, The Bronx has seen more than $7 billion in total development, which has led to the creation of over 15,000 new jobs. In addition, a new partnership announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in August between the New York State Department of Labor and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, as part of the “NY Works,” program is placing Bronx residents in these jobs, helping to ensure that new development here benefits everyone, especially Bronxites.

Borough President Diaz Proposes Creation of a 'Lowline' Park in Mott Haven

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has issued a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio concerning the creation of a “Lowline” park and other development along the CSX right-of-way in Mott Haven.

You can read the letter here: http://on.nyc.gov/1FGhfOR

The 21st Annual Tour de Bronx Registration is Now Open

The largest free cycling event in New York State to take place on Sunday, October 25th.

Bronx, NY, September 29,2015 – Registration for the 21st Annual Tour de Bronx, the largest free cycling event in New York State, is now open. The event was established in 1994 by the office of the Bronx Borough President and The Bronx Tourism Council as a means to promote a healthier lifestyle, an alternate mode of transportation and a way to tour the burgeoning neighborhoods, scenic waterfronts and greenways of the borough.

Participants come from all over the country to ride one of two possible routes: The 25-mile ride takes riders through the south, east and mid portion of the borough including the Mott Haven district, Clason Point along the East River, and Pelham Bay Park, the largest park in New York boasting nearly 3,000 acres of natural forest; The 40-mile route includes a visit to the historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck peninsula, the nautical community of City Island and the northwest communities such as Woodlawn and Riverdale. Both rides conclude at the iconic New York Botanical Garden where riders receive a complimentary souvenir T-shirt and enjoy a live musical performance as they relax from the day’s festivities.

The New York City Department of Transportation will fit and distribute free bicycle helmets from 8am to noon (while supplies last) and Metro North Railroad will waive their bicycle permit requirements and quantity limits for the day.

“Tour de Bronx is a great event for people of all ages, especially for visitors to our vibrant borough. It gives everyone an opportunity to explore historical sites, see beautiful waterfronts, and ride through our amazing local neighborhoods,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Once again, we are welcoming riders from across the region and around the globe to see The Bronx as they had never seen it before.”

Throughout the years, the event has grown exponentially. In 2014 the Tour de Bronx saw a record-breaking 7,000+ participants from all over the country as well as a few who come from abroad.

“It’s exciting to watch this event continue to evolve as we see more and more tourists joining New Yorkers to experience The Bronx in a unique way.” Says Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council.

The Tour de Bronx is made possible by Montefiore Medical Center; Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and St. Barnabas Health System. Additional support is provided by Transportation Alternatives, The Coca Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza and Clif Bar.

For more information and to register for the 21st Annual Tour de Bronx, visit  www.ilovethebronx.com.

Statement from Borough President Diaz
RE: Legionnaire’s Disease Cluster in Morris Park

“My office has been informed by the City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene of an cluster of Legionnaire’s Disease in Morris Park. We are in contact with city, state and federal officials about this latest cluster, and we will continue to stay on top of these developments and take the necessary measures as we gather more information.

“My office will share information with the public through my website and through social media channels on this cluster as it becomes available. As we monitor this situation, we urge anyone who feels sick to visit their doctor or a hospital to get checked. It is too important to wait,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Flyers in English, Spanish, French and Chinese answering frequently asked questions on Legionnaire’s Disease can be found at http://on.nyc.gov/1FDHjtT.

Borough President Diaz Celebrated Eid al-Adha

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. celebrated Eid al-Adha at the Muslim school holiday celebration at New Settlement Community Campus with Council Member Vanessa Gibson, Executive Director of New Settlement Apartments Jack Doyle and other community leaders. While in the New York State Assembly, Diaz introduced legislation seeking to create public school holidays for the two holiest days on the Muslim calendar, Eid-Ul-Adha and Eid-Ul-Fitr.

FreshDirect Announces Local Collaborations with Port Morris Distillery

FreshDirect Wines & Spirits to sell the Port Morris Distillery’s Pitorro Based Products

Bronx, NY (September 24, 2015) – FreshDirect Wines & Spirits announced today it will offer Pitorro products from the Port Morris Distillery. This is part of a continued effort by FreshDirect to promote collaboration among local Bronx businesses.

FreshDirect has a record of promoting new local products, making it easier for consumers to have access to goods that are produced in their area.

"FreshDirect's announcement of their new venture with the Port Morris Distillery is great not only for the two companies, but for The Bronx. FreshDirect's continued partnerships with dozens of Bronx businesses is good for the economic health of our borough, as it not only provides the company with an excellent product for sale, it also helps our small businesses thrive. I congratulate these companies and wish them success in this endeavor," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

"We are thrilled to continue our emphasis on local, Bronx-based businesses as we move our headquarters to the South Bronx," said Larry Scott Blackmon, Vice President of Public Affairs at FreshDirect. "We want to thank the Port Morris Distillery for their collaboration and cannot wait to offer Pitorro through FreshDirect Wines & Spirits. This is yet another example of the kind of collaboration FreshDirect pursues – similar to our ongoing work with the Bronx Brewery."

“We are thrilled to be able to work with FreshDirect and develop a new relationship as neighbors,” said William Valentin, co-owner of the Port Morris Distillery. “We believe the sale of Pitorro products by FreshDirect Wines and Spirits will be a win-win not only for our respective businesses, but for the Port Morris community and the Bronx as a whole.”

In addition, FreshDirect, which currently carries products from nearly 100 Bronx-based vendors, continues to value its relationship with Bronx Brewery, a respected member of the Port Morris community.

"We're excited to see that FreshDirect is coming to The Bronx,” said Chris Gallant, co-founder of the Bronx Brewery. “As we grow our partnership over the coming years, we anticipate that our portfolio will be expanded within their product offerings."

Borough President Diaz Attended Hunts Point
Alliance for Children's 'Back to School Fair'

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. attended and brought greetings to hundreds of youth and residents at the Hunts Point Alliance for Children's (HPAC) “Back to School Fair,” together with President and Founder of HPAC Maryann Hedaa. The day included a barbecue, free giveaways, community paddling, music and games and information on available resources.

Governor Cuomo Announces $35 Million Transformation
of Roberto Clemente State Park and Waterfront Has Begun

Project Will Replace Superstorm Sandy Damage with a Greener, More Storm Resilient Waterfront

See Project Renderings Here and Here

New York, NY (September 23, 2015) Governor Cuomo announced the start of construction on $35 million in projects to make Roberto Clemente State Park's Harlem River waterfront greener and more storm-resilient. The projects will strengthen the park and surrounding neighborhood against flooding, as well as renovate the park’s upper plaza to create a more welcoming gateway for the park's 1.3 million visitors. 

“The work underway at Roberto Clemente State park is yet another example of our work to strengthen vital infrastructure and make our communities more resilient in this new reality of extreme weather,” Governor Cuomo said. “This project will improve a critical coastal protection measure for the Morris Heights neighborhood, helping to protect the area’s residents, businesses and parks from the impact of future storms and flooding.”

The announcement comes during Climate Week, which Governor Cuomo proclaimed from September 22-29 to raise awareness about the challenges we face with a changing climate and to highlight New York’s actions to increase resiliency and curb emissions as global leaders meet in New York City this week. At Roberto Clemente State Park, construction has begun on two major portions of the park's 1970s infrastructure: replacing the park’s 2,200-foot steel bulkhead and renovating the park’s upper plaza.

The two-year, $28 million project to rebuild the bulkhead with a more resilient design and enhance the adjacent esplanade area comes after discovering severe corrosion of the steel sea wall and loss of backfill beneath the park esplanade in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The redesigned waterfront will provide enhanced flood protection, storm resilience and green infrastructure. The outdated esplanade will be rehabilitated into a more park-like setting; featuring a shared pedestrian/bicycle pathway; river overlook, new boat launch, new performance area, new plantings and a scenic 9,000-square-foot inter-tidal area that will provide natural habitat for plant and animal life and absorb heavy rainfall. These improvements will provide safe, new access to the Harlem River and spur unique environmental education opportunities. 

The project is financed through a Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is expected to be completed by summer 2017.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, “It is great to see that the Roberto Clemente State Park will get the much-needed renovation that it deserves. This project not only adds greenspace to the vicinity but it will also protects the surrounding area, which is home to thousands residents as well as two public school buildings; as well as the infrastructure surrounding the Roberto Clemente State Park, such as the Metro-North Railroad line in the area, from super-storms such as what we witnessed in 2012.”

Read the complete press release.

Borough President Diaz Joins Cyndi Lauper to Cut Ribbon at True Colors

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined Cyndi Lauper to cut the ribbon at True Colors, a new shelter for homeless LGBT youth in Bedford Park. Borough President Diaz provided $250,000 in capital funding towards the project.

Bronx Residents Vent Concerns to Verizon Over FiOS

Public Forum by BP Ruben Diaz,Jr, and Waiting4FiOS Coaliton

NEW YORK, NY (09/22/2015)(readMedia)-- Bronx residents turned out at Hostos Community College on Monday night to discuss the rollout of Verizon FiOS across the borough. Co-sponsored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the Waiting4FiOS coalition as well as State Senator Gustavo Rivera, State Senator Jose Serrano, Assemblymember Michael Blake, Assemblymember Luis Sepúlveda, Councilmember Annabel Palma, Councilmember James Vacca, Councilmember Ritchie Torres, and Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, "Verizon FiOS in New York: Bronx Public Forum to Discuss the Verizon FiOS Rollout" allowed participants to describe their considerable frustrations with their inability to access the FiOS product, which was guaranteed to all New Yorkers under a Franchise Agreement signed with New York City in 2008. At the forum, Verizon invited Bronx residents to email their FiOS-related questions to a special email account: BronxFiOS@verizon.com.

An audit by the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications this past June confirmed what residents and some businesses have experienced, that Verizon has failed to live up to its obligations under its franchise agreement. Under the agreement, a complete fiber optic buildout of the entire city was supposed to have been accomplished by November 2014.

This case has broad implications, not only for the state of telecommunications regulation in New York City and New York State, but for the ability of residents in NYC to equitably access reliable high speed internet service. Such services have become a necessity to full participation in modern society, government, and our economy. Because of this, advocacy groups Consumers Union and Common Cause/NY formed a coalition, Waiting4FiOS, and website www.waiting4fios.nyc to collect stories and launch a petition urging Verizon to complete the buildout of FiOS under the terms of its franchise agreement with NYC.

"It seems that Verizon has not lived up to the promises made when they signed their Franchise Agreement in 2008, of providing service across all the five boroughs," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. "We live in an age of technology where we are dependent of our computers, smart phones, and tablets to do business, or work on school projects, or process our investments or even just check on our fantasy league teams. Without reliable high speed internet service, for better or for worse, we become disconnected from the world. It is imperative for Verizon to keep their end of the deal in order to provide quality service and options to residents in The Bronx and all over the city of New York."

Read the complete press release.

Building the Future of Tech in New York — Doran Jones and
Per Scholas Celebrate Grand Opening of the Urban Development Center

Left to Right: Keith Klain, Doran Jones co-­‐CEO; Angie Kamath, Per Scholas; Minerva Tantoco, NYC CTO, Gustavo Rivera, NY State Senator; Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President; Matt Doran, Doran Jones co-­‐ CEO; Plinio Ayala, President of Per Scholas, Maria Torres-­‐Springer, President of the NYC EDC, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, NY City Council

BRONX, N.Y. – SEPT. 16, 2015 – Technology consulting firm Doran Jones and nationally-recognized IT job training nonprofit Per Scholas celebrated the grand opening of the first-of-its-kind Urban Development Center (UDC) that will bring hundreds of high-tech jobs and millions in economic development to one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods in the South Bronx.

The ceremony on September 16, 2015 was held at Doran Jones new 15,000 sq ft corporate headquarters at 804 East 138th Street in the Bronx and attended by guests from technology, education, government, finance, and nonprofit. Remarks were made by Doran Jones co-CEOs Matt Doran and Keith Klain as well as President of Per Scholas, Plinio Ayala, New York City Chief Technology Officer Minerva Tantoco, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation Maria Torres-Springer, and Elizabeth de Leon on behalf of Governor Cuomo.

“We want to make sure Bronx residents have their fair share of tech jobs. The thirst from Bronxites is there. We want this to be the next tech hub. As the Borough President I am proud to be here. You have a champion in me,” said a passionate Ruben Diaz, Borough President of the Bronx.

Read the complete press release.

Borough President Diaz Was 1,000th Guest on 'BronxTalk'

On Monday, September 21, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was the guest on the 1,000th episode of “BronxTalk,” hosted by Gary Axelbank and airing on Bronxnet. No BronxTalk guest has been more frequent than Borough President Diaz, who made his 25th appearance on the show to celebrate the milestone. The full show can be watched at bit.ly/1WiSk8a.

Statement from Borough President Diaz
RE: Mayor de Blasio’s #EducateNYC Remarks

“Mayor de Blasio has put forward several strong proposals for the future of our city’s public education system today. I am especially encouraged by his commitment to bring considerable resources to Community School District 7, which covers the South Bronx and has underperformed for decades, through his ‘Single Shepherd’ proposal. I am also happy to see a renewed commitment to STEAM education, and I fully support the mayor’s plan to provide computer science education to all students. I have long been a champion of increased STEAM options for our students, and this proposal is a step in the right direction.

“The mayor’s proposal to create partnerships between public schools and charter schools is also welcome. I have always been a supporter of such alliances, as they can not only help share best practices between schools for the betterment of our students, but can also help tone down the unhelpful rhetoric that often enters the conversation between public and charter schools.

“While I do believe that it is important to ensure our second graders are reading at grade level, we cannot ignore the fact that literacy is a crisis at all grade levels. Recent test scores showed that nearly 70 percent of City public elementary students are not performing at grade level in English. The results are especially troubling in Black and Latino communities, where more than 80 percent of those students are not performing at grade level in English. While I certainly appreciate a focus on our younger students, we cannot forget that students in all grades are in desperate need of similar assistance and resources, especially as we look towards increasing the high school graduation rate across this city.

“We must also support the expansion of gifted and talented programs in this city, as well as increased access to test prep programs for the Specialized High School Admissions Test. If we are committed to college preparedness, then we must do more to identify promising students in every community at earlier ages, and provide them with the resources they need to succeed.

“Perhaps our most important responsibility as elected officials is to ensure that our public education system is serving the children of this city. I look forward to working with Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña to implement these proposals and to expand on the ideas discussed today,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Governor Cuomo Leads Broad Delegation of Support in the Kickoff of the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice to Raise the Minimum Wage

More than 2 Dozen Elected Officials and Advocates March to Raise Minimum Wage to $15/Hour in 2015 NYC Central Labor Council Labor Day Parade

Governor Cuomo was today joined by more than two dozen elected officials and advocates to kick off the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice while marching in the 2015 NYC Central Labor Council Labor Day Parade. In the coming months, the Governor’s administration, with elected officials, business leaders and community members, will bring the Campaign across the state to build support for a $15 statewide minimum wage.

“The concept of the minimum wage is that if you work full time, you can live with decency – but that is no longer true,” Governor Cuomo said. “This campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is the single most progressive action we can take to help the families of this state.”

Mario Cuomo was a fighter for workers’ rights before, during and following his three terms as Governor of New York State. He successfully increased the minimum wage twice while in office, amounting to a total increase of 28 percent. He established the Garment Workers Strike Force to protect the rights of workers and eliminate sweatshops once and for all in the state. And he established the nation’s first joint State/union health care committee to contain raising health care costs – an effort that helped workers save thousands of dollars on care. The Mario Cuomo Economic Justice Campaign will continue this legacy of fighting for the most vulnerable by pushing to raise New York’s minimum wage in 2016, with a goal of $15 an hour.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said: “Governor Cuomo’s call for a statewide $15 minimum wage is a welcome one, and something I fully support. A higher minimum wage will help lift working New Yorkers and their families out of poverty and into the middle class, and I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and my colleagues at every level of government to make this proposal a reality.”

Read the complete press release.

Borough President Diaz Hosts 9/11 'Day of Remembrance'

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. addresses the crowd on Thursday, September 10, during “A Day of Remembrance,” the borough’s annual commemoration of those lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The event, which took place in the Veterans’ Memorial Hall of The Bronx County Building and was co-sponsored by the Supreme Court of Bronx County; featured a performance by The Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls’ All Girl String Orchestra, who look on as Borough President Diaz speaks. During the event, the names of all 144 Bronx residents who died in the attacks were read aloud.

Statement from Borough President Diaz
RE: Gov. Cuomo’s Call for $15 Minimum Wage

“Governor Cuomo’s call for a statewide $15 minimum wage is a welcome one, and something I fully support. I have been a champion for higher wages throughout my career, having led the fight to pass the nation’s strongest living wage law, the ‘Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act,’ early in my time as borough president. Today’s announcement builds on those prior victories.

“A $15 minimum wage will help lift working New Yorkers and their families out of poverty and into the middle class, and I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and my colleagues at every level of government to make this proposal a reality,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Elected Officials Propose Weekend Holiday Market for Van Cortlandt Park Site

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, State Senator Jeffrey Klein, Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz and City Council Member Andrew Cohen are calling for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to transform the former site of the ice skating rink in Van Cortlandt Park, located at Broadway and West 242nd Street, into a weekend holiday market.

“The existing space at Van Cortlandt Park is a perfect location for such a market,” said the officials in a joint letter. “The park is a well-known regional attraction and is easily accessible from all points, given its location to public transportation serving the Northwest Bronx and Westchester.”

The full letter can be read here: http://on.nyc.gov/1Qo7xle.

The four officials envision the site to be a one-year temporary market similar to the existing market at Bryant Park and the one proposed for Highbridge Park in Manhattan. The proposal would use the vacant land in manner that brings people Holiday cheer joy to the area as well as give a boost to the economy in the surrounding area.

“The adjacent Broadway corridor already enjoys heavy foot traffic, and a new amenity such as a holiday market would only drive that traffic higher, which in turn would generate greater opportunities to draw customers to local businesses in the Riverdale and Kingsbridge communities,” states the letter.

“We have seen how a Holiday Market is a beneficial use of space in other locations, not just for people in the community but also surrounding businesses,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I cannot think of better way to temporarily use this vacant space in Van Cortlandt Park as we look for new ideas for the long-term future of this site. I hope that the Department of Parks & Recreation hears our recommendation, and I look forward to working with that agency, my colleagues and the people of the neighborhood to make this proposal a reality.

Read the complete press release.

Borough President Diaz Hosts Annual Little League Tournament

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presents the championship trophy for his annual "Borough President's Cup" Little league tournament to the Kingsbridge Knights, who defeated Grand Slam Little League 4-2 on Thursday, September 3, at Yankee Stadium.

The tournament, now in its fifth year, is co-sponsored by the New York Yankees and AT&T. To compete for the “Borough President’s Cup,” players for each Little League had to meet a set of requirements unrelated to their performance on the field. Those included a B-average in school, 90 percent or greater school attendance and a demonstrated commitment to community service. --Photo by Robert Benimoff.

Elected Officials Issue Report on Kingsbridge/Broadway Business Corridor

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announces the release of a new report outlining proposed improvements to the Kingsbridge/Broadway business corridor during a press conference on West 231st Street and Godwin Terrace on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Pictured are (l to r): Farrah Rubin, Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Van Cortlandt Development Corporation; Sergio Villaverde, chairperson of the economic development committee of Community Board #8; Capt. Terence O’Toole, commanding officer of the 50th Precinct; Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz; Robert Press, member, Community Board #8; Borough President Diaz; State Senator Gustavo Rivera; City Council Member Andrew Cohen; and Dan Padernacht, chairman of Community Board #8.

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Council Member Andrew Cohen, Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz, Bronx Community Board #8 and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation issued a joint report examining the Kingsbridge/Broadway retail corridor, running along Broadway between West 230th Street and West 238th Street, including connecting side streets, in the northwest Bronx.

This well-known commercial corridor has seen two new retail shopping centers open at each end in recent months, and is slated for more retail, commercial and residential development in the near future. Given this activity, this group sought to identify issues affecting the corridor and put forth recommendations, which they believe will help maintain the area’s status as a vibrant, active and relevant shopping corridor for both local residents and those beyond.

Those recommendations include a renewed focus on graffiti removal, standardized street furniture and sanitation receptacles, increased lighting and the creation of new parks and public interaction spaces, among others.

The complete report on the Kingsbridge/Broadway business district can be read at http://on.nyc.gov/1fRNJcA.

“With two major new developments opening along Broadway in recent months, this shopping corridor is seeing increased traffic from not just Bronx shoppers, but travelers from northern Manhattan and Westchester, as well,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Our recommendations will go a long way towards keeping Kingsbridge an attractive place to visit, shop and eat for local residents, while also ensuring that potential customers from all over the region will feel welcome here, shop in our local stores, and become repeat customers.”

Read the complete press release.

Governor Cuomo Leads Delegation to Puerto Rico

New Yorkers to Meet with Puerto Rican Government Representatives amid Crisis

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he will lead a delegation to Puerto Rico to meet with local officials and discuss the Puerto Rican governments' ongoing healthcare crisis and economic challenges as well as the need for Washington to act. The Governor is leading the delegation at the invitation of Puerto Rico’s Governor, Alejandro García Padilla. The group will depart in the afternoon on September 7 and return early in the evening on September 8.

“New York and Puerto Rico have a special relationship bound in heritage, history, culture and family – and when times are tough we stand side by side and offer whatever help we can,” said Governor Cuomo. “The current situation in Puerto Rico has become unsustainable and is threatening the livelihoods of millions of people – many with strong connections to New York. This trip is about stepping up for Puerto Rico and its people, and I look forward to working together with our partners to help address this crisis.”

The Governor’s delegation (in formation) will include New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr., New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and members of the Governor’s administration with expertise on Medicaid redesign and fraud including New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and New York State Medicaid Director, Jason Helgerson.

Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. said: “For several months, I have been pushing for common sense solutions to Puerto Rico’s crisis. I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his leadership on this issue, and commend him for taking action and putting together a strong delegation of elected officials to discuss with Puerto Rican officials ways to help develop achievable proposals and plans that support the future development of Puerto Rico and prevent a catastrophe for our fellow Americans who call Puerto Rico their home.”

Read the complete press release.