Party Enrolled In: Democratic
Current Occupation: Bronx Borough President
Previous Occupation(s): New York State Assemblyman
Education: B.A., Lehman College
Organizational Affiliations: n/a
Prior Public Experience: Bronx Borough President (2009-present); New York State Assemblyman (1996-2009)
1. What is the most important issue in the Bronx you would address if elected?
The most important issue we continue to face is the economy. In my first four years as Borough President, we've taken great strides to bring new business to the Bronx and to make it easier for our existing businesses to stay and grow. We've helped create thousands of new jobs in every corner of the Bronx, while ensuring that those jobs are developed in a green, sustainable way. My office played a key role in the passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act--ensuring that heavily-subsidized projects pay their employees a living wage. My record on the economy is clear, and during my next term, we will continue to strengthen our business climate.
2. What other important issues would you address if elected?
I will continue my advocacy on the East Bronx Metro-North expansion project, which has the potential to completely transform several of our largest communities by bringing new transportation options to our borough. As Borough President, I've funded dozens of our community's public schools, and my office will continue to use our capital funds to give the children of the Bronx the best possible education. We will also continue our focus on environmentally-friendly development. My office will only fund projects which include a strong "green" component--this has been one of the hallmarks of my administration.
3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
I hope my last four years as your Borough President has earned your vote. During the last four years, I've put forward a strong agenda in education, health and economic development. Over the next four years, we will do even bigger and better things. With the help and support of my neighbors--the great people of the Bronx--we'll have a great next four years as we advance our agenda and build a New Bronx.
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