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STATE OF THE BOROUGH ADDRESS – 2011
By Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
“A New Partnership”February 8, 2011Good evening. First, let me thank the CUNY Graduate Center and President William Kelly for hostingus so graciously tonight.I want to say thank you to Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez for those warm words of welcome, andfor his tireless representation of East Harlem.And to Marcus Samuelsson -- you are truly a Renaissance man. And your work to link great food andtrail-blazing social policy is an inspiration to us all. Thank you for that kind introduction.And how ‘bout that Laguardia High School Chorus – let’s give it up for those kids!I’m so glad to see so many friends here tonight. This past year was a big one for me. For starters, Iturned 50 in April. I was OK with it until the day I stopped at the mailbox and there it was – mymembership card to the A-A-R-P.But lucky for me, hope was just around the corner – in what my mother calls “the Manhattan miracle,”I got married in September to Elyse Buxbaum, who is here with us tonight. Please welcome the newfirst lady of Manhattan!This is the fifth time I have had the privilege of talking to you about the State of our Borough. Eachyear brings a new set of challenges and -- we hope -- new wisdom about tackling New York City’s problems and realizing its dreams.We have seen a lot of progress since I was a kid growing up in Washington Heights in the ‘70s, whenmany openly debated whether New York was even governable.And much of that progress – especially in recent years – has been a product of the competent way our city is run. That’s a credit to our Mayor and countless others in city government. New Yorkers have rightly come to expect professionalism and efficiency in City Hall.As a result, New York is in better shape than virtually every other city in the nation.The Recession continues to hurt too many New Yorkers, but one out of 10 jobs in America last year was created right here – an astonishing figure.But for all that New York City has gained in recent decades, there is also something we have lost. Youknow it as well as I do.There is a troubling view taking hold that to set high standards and achieve good outcomes, we mustrely on a closed, top-down model of government.