Dear Friends and Supporters:During the past few months I have traveled to every corner of our great city, talking withindividuals and organizations of all stripes, as well as my family, staff and those close to me,about the future of New York City and my own political future as I explored the possibility of running for Public Advocate in 2013.The future of New York City is no inconsequential topic, and the significant issues that face ourfive boroughs--from the economy and job creation, to crime and policing, to education and oursocial services--were at the forefront of these substantive, thought provoking discussions.In these conversations, I was touched by so many expressions of support for our work in thisborough, and by so many kind words encouraging me to pursue Citywide elected office. I washeartened, and humbled, to learn that the work we are doing in the Bronx is resonating across theCity. And that work has been considerable.We have encouraged companies to move to the Bronx, not only from other boroughs but fromother states and countries, while strengthening the economy for businesses that are already here.
We‟ve fundamentally transformed
the way our City does business with our taxpayer dollars
through the passage of the „Fair Wages for New Yorkers‟ Act, which ensures that projects thattake heavily from taxpayer funding pay their employees a „living wage.‟
We have outlined a strong case for reforming our public schools, and for restoring the promise of our specialized high schools for all students, all while providing tens of millions of dollars infunding to our schools for equipment upgrades and new technology. We have leveraged $60million in capital funding into more than $600 million in new housing development, creatingthousands of new housing units--and jobs--in the process.We have helped usher in major developments--and new jobs with them--in every corner of theBronx, and have stood with Mayor Bloomberg and his administration to bring responsibledevelopment to the Kingsbridge Armory. We have outlined a plan, together with the MTA, tobring Metro-North service to the east Bronx, and we have realized the promise of a major hotelchain making its home in our borough. W
e do all of this with a focus on “green”
development,ensuring a healthier environment while also preparing our borough for the economy of tomorrow.There are many issues that still face our borough, and many amazing projects that are in theworks. My administration has, since first taking office in 2009, focused on new job creation,education, business development and transportation, among other issues, as we seek to transformthe Bronx into an even greater place to live, work and raise a family.The needs of the people of the Bronx are foremost on my mind and in my heart. Therefore, Ihave decided to run for reelection as Bronx Borough President in 2013.