Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is not a fan of famed graffiti artist Banksy’s latest work.
Mr. Diaz Jr. fired off a statement today chastising the British artist for one of his latest piece, which depicts a child scrawling “Ghetto 4 Life” on a wall in the South Bronx as a butler ironically stands by.
a bronx tale
The Bronx Democratic Party is now united behind Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor, but Republican Joe Lhota is not the only pol lying in the cross hairs of the Democratic machine.
The Boogie Down
The Bronx Democratic Party backed Bill de Blasio for mayor yesterday, hoping their seal of approval would carry Mr. de Blasio further than the last Bill they endorsed–vanquished contender Bill Thompson–who conceded the race on Monday.
Bill vs. Bill
Flooding the steps of City Hall with dozens of supporters, Bill Thompson and his high-profile surrogates urged voters to reject the polls–and the candidate leading them– at a final get-out-the-vote rally this afternoon.
With less than 24 hours to go before the polls open, the campaigns are in final crunch mode, making their closing arguments and trying to ensure supporters turn out to the polls. And to maximize his time, Mr. Thompson is currently in the midst of his second 24-hour tour, which will keep him campaigning through the night.
“This is not a race about who’s on Twitter. This is not a race about hairdos. This is race about serious business,” said Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., taking a dig at front-runner Bill de Blasio’s popular television ads featuring his famously afro-haired son. “This is a race about hard-working men and women of the City of New York who are unfortunately still struggling to make it by.”
Client No. Nope
Huddled in the shade on the steps outside of City Hall today, an Avengers-esque group of Latino leaders gathered to claim their allegiances to city comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, and, more importantly, level an onslaught of verbal assaults against the other guy, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. began the proceedings.
Adriano Espaillat could not go a single day without a text message, email or phone call from a mayoral campaign operative eager to tout his or her candidate’s momentum. His last name doesn’t carry the weight of a Clinton or Cuomo, but the Manhattan state senator was like Helen of Troy to the many political strategists and surrogates clashing in the most competitive Democratic mayoral primary in more than a decade.
“At the beginning, it felt special. Now it’s very taxing,” Mr. Espaillat told Politicker of the lobbying efforts in the days before making up his mind. “I get phone calls, text messages, emails. I get surrogates calling constantly, union leaders, activists and even friends I know, personal friends involved in the campaigns.”
“They call every day. Every single day,” he marveled.
Likely Manhattan voters will begin receiving rob0-calls today from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., announcing his endorsement of Councilman Robert Jackson in the Manhattan borough presidents race.
Mr. Jackson is facing a trio of well-known challengers in his race to replace Scott Stringer: former Lower Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin, Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Upper East Side Councilwoman Jessica Lappin. As the only African-American candidate, Mr. Jackson is focusing on solidifying black and Latino support in Upper Manhattan, which he’s represented in the Council for more than a decade.
Move over Marty Markowitz, Ruben Diaz Jr. has taken the crown as New York’s rappingest Borough President.
A little over a month after Brooklyn’s Mr. Markowitz rapped a few bars with Wu Tang Clan member GZA, Mr. Diaz, the Bronx Borough President, joined hip hop legend Doug E. Fresh on stage at Bronx Week Sunday to perform his hit song “La Di Da.” Their duet was captured on video by an audience member.
Not So Fresh Feeling
The plan to open a new headquarters for online grocer FreshDirect in the the Bronx continues to draw a mixed reception from local politicians and community members. Today, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito sent a letter to the NYC Industrial Development Agency asking them to slow the approval process for the $74 million in tax exemptions being provided to the company as part of a $127.8 million package of grants, tax credits and other incentives from the City, the State, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s office and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. Meanwhile, Mr. Diaz and the BOEDC announced they reached an agreement with FreshDirect to address concerns of those opposed to the plan and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce issued a statement in support of the FreshDirect facility.
Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the online grocer FreshDirect will be setting up shop in the Bronx with an expanded headquarters and operations center at Harlem River Yards. The trio of New York politicians beat out New Jersey and that state’s governor, Chris Christie, who aggressively lobbied and offered a $100 million bid to woo the FreshDirect facility across the state line.
FreshDirect will spend $112.6 million on the headquarters, which will be augmented by $127.8 million in grants, tax credits and other incentives from the City, the State, Borough President Diaz’s office and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.