Diaz delivers his eighth annual ’State of the Borough’

On Thursday, February 23, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. delivered the annual State of the Borough address at John F. Kennedy High School, his eighth since taking office in 2009. Diaz discussed the borough’s successes involving economic development, housing, mental health and education.

He also highlighted the instances where his office provided lawyers for tenants in housing court, supported the minimum wage to $15 an hour, helped stop the regressive plastic bag tax and obtained funding to rebuild Orchard Beach, among other victories for the Bronx during his tenure.

The borough president also spoke about the recent allocation of $108 million in state funding by Governor Andrew Cuomo to transform the long-vacant Kingsbridge Armory into the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, along with the planning of the four Metro North stations in the Bronx and the ferry service connecting Soundview to Manhattan.

. Diaz delivers his eighth annual ’State of the Borough’

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