The already packed field of potential candidates running for mayor in 2013 looks like it’s going to get a bit more crowded.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference this afternoon at P.S. 218 to trumpet a drop in New York’s childhood obesity rates. Afterwards, he approached The Politicker to inquire why we hadn’t questioned him about the race for City Hall.
“I’m considering it, absolutely,” Mr. Diaz said. “Why wouldn’t I?”
Mr. Diaz is confident he could make an impact in the race.
“We’re standing on solid ground in terms of political base in the borough and, one way or another, The Bronx is going to have a say in who gets to City Hall in 2013,” he said.
Mr. Diaz described several of his recent initiatives and said he thinks his work will resonate with voters including work on job creation, his push for the living wage bill and his effort to get a hotel built across from Yankee Stadium.
“I’m ecstatic about the direction The Bronx is going in,” Mr. Diaz said.”We’re working on so many things here. It’s essential for the candidates to have a story to tell and we’re working on that narrative.”