Statement from Borough President Diaz
RE: Mayor Bloomberg's 2012 State of the City Address
"I applaud Mayor Bloomberg for articulating an expansive and progressive vision for New York City in today's speech. Mayor Bloomberg focused on education, job growth, public safety, and other issues that have been high priorities for my administration.
"The mayor presented several interesting ideas and initiatives that will improve the lives of all New Yorkers; including the highly anticipated release of a new request for proposals (RFP) for the Kingsbridge Armory, improving services to NYCHA's residents and preserving public housing, and the redevelopment of the Hunts Point Produce Market. I thank Mayor Bloomberg and the city council for adding another $25 million to what will now be the city's $87 million commitment to re-building the Hunts Points Produce Market and making sure those jobs stay right here in the Bronx.
"I also believe the state must do its part in passing the Dream Act. Investing in the dreams of our immigrant youth is not only the moral thing to do, it is a social, academic and economic imperative. I believe that all of our students, who are the leaders of tomorrow, should be eligible for the financial aid they need to succeed.
"Mayor Bloomberg also highlighted the need of a statewide minimum wage raise. This is a step forward in the right direction, and if enacted correctly, can be complimentary to The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, once it becomes law.
"As Mayor Bloomberg noted, our administrations have worked together on an impressive list of projects and we have much more planned for the Bronx in 2012," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.