Testimony of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Before the City Planning Commission RE: Mandatory Inclusionary Housing & Zoning for Quality and Affordability

Good morning. I am here today to testify in opposition to the pair of zoning text amendments that have been put forward by this administration and the Department of City Planning, known together as “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” (ZQA) and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” (MIH). These text amendments pose an abundance of concerns and questions…

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BP Diaz Hosts Chess Tournament

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. plays a match with Ivan Hernandez, a sixth grader at M.S. 390, during the Bronx Borough President’s Chess Challenge on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. The event was hosted by Chess in the Schools and sponsored by AT&T. The tournament, which took place in Veterans’ Memorial Hall at the Bronx…

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Borough President Diaz and Code/Interactive Launch Code/Bronx Initiative to Bring Coding Programs to Every School

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Code/Interactive, a Bronx-based computer science education nonprofit, jointly launched the Code/Bronx initiative on December 8th at Boricua College’s Melrose Campus to start a computer science program at every school in the Bronx. Bronx Borough President Diaz addressed the crowd and voiced his support for the Code/Bronx initiative, acknowledging that “the students of…

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Borough President Diaz & AT&T Host Celebration for Borough President’s Cup Little League Players & Families

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and AT&T’s New York State President Marissa Shorenstein co-hosted a celebration for the Little League teams who participated in this year’s Borough President’s Cup: Grand Slam Little League and this year’s champions, the Kingsbridge Little League Knights. The celebration took place at the Hard…

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BP Diaz Issues Recommendations on ZQA/MIH

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has issued his expanded recommendations opposing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed changes to the zoning law, known as “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” (ZQA) and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” (MIH). “Something as profound as the future of development in our city cannot be rushed,” said Borough President Diaz. “When so…

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Bronx Unemployment Falls Again

Unemployment Down to 6.5%; More Bronxites Employed Today Than Ever Before; Over 100K More Bronx Residents Working Since May 2009 The Bronx continues to show progress in the areas of job creation and economic development, according to new statistics from the New York State Department of Labor. The unemployment rate in The Bronx fell to 6.5…

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