Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivers State of the Borough address

Diaz discussed topics including redevelopment, job creation and crime. (2/20/14)

THE BRONX - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. delivered his fifth annual State of the Borough address at Hostos Community College today.

Diaz discussed topics including redevelopment, job creation and crime.

He said the Bronx has seen more than $5 billion in total development since 2009. More than 13,000 new units of housing and more than 14,000 jobs have been created as well.

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The borough president also highlighted projects like the mall coming to Bay Plaza and the Kingsbridge Armory. Diaz said that these developments will bring hundreds of jobs to the Bronx.

Diaz spoke about the future of P.S. 31, which is expected to be torn down. He said the school will be examined to see if it can be saved from getting knocked down, and they will explore a wide variety of uses for the property to stimulate the area. 

Diaz added that he wants the sale of the Bronx General Post Office to be public.

As far as crime, the borough president mentioned that the 2012 crime rate was the lowest since 1960.

Diaz also spoke of expanding the Metro-North to the East Side. Diaz said the expansion would not only be beneficial for residents, but would also bring in business, money and jobs for the Bronx.

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