THE BRONX - Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. is officially making a run for the New York City mayor's office.

The democrat turned independent announced his bid at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in Morrisania Tuesday night.

Carrion sent a message of fiscal responsibility during his speech. He spoke about policies that would encourage job growth, and called for the end of excessive fines and taxes.

Carrion has faced criticism for his party switch from many who believe he's after the Republican nomination. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has said, "The fact that he's been flirting with Republicans isn't sitting well with many of us."