Diaz delivers State of Borough address

THE BRONX - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. focused on job creation and education in his first State of the Borough address Friday.

Speaking at Evander Childs High School, Diaz outlined plans to bring more green jobs to the Bronx and attract developers of environmentally sustainable projects.

"The idea that any job is better that no job should no longer apply," Diaz said.

Some of the major projects that are currently in the pipeline include the development of the Bronx waterfront and the creation of an alternative power grid. Another plan Diaz said has been long in the making is the building of a hotel in the Bronx that would create jobs and attract more tourists.

"I'm tired of when visitors come to the Bronx, but they spend the evening in Westchester and New Jersey," he said.

Diaz also discussed at length the need to boost high school test scores and college acceptance rates. The borough president said he will work to lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the Bronx to ensure students get the best education possible.

In the course of the 45-minute address, Diaz also touched on the need for better and stricter gun control laws in order to curb violence in the borough. He also highlighted the importance of participating in this year's census.

To see the entire address, go to Channel 612 on your iO Digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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