The Bronx Chronicle Endorses Ruben Diaz for Borough President

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. faces token opposition in this year’s Democratic primary election on Tuesday. Therefore, we are disappointed that he has taken in over $200,000 in public matching funds (plus, $1.3 million in private funds) in a contest where his opponents, a disgruntled former aide Camella D. Price, has struggled to raise a meager $6,000 and Avery Selfridge has raised no money. Despite his pledge to return any unspent public money: (1) he’s required to do so by law and (2) he should have declined to accept matching funds (as other candidates with token opposition have done).

Nonetheless, Diaz has been an outstanding borough president. His #Not62 campaign aimed at improving the health and fitness of Bronxites is laudable. He has used his office to ensure that EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card holders can use health bucks and the EBT cards to buy fruits and vegetables. He successfully convinced Governor Andrew Cuomo and the MTA to fund the construction of four Metro-North stations in the Bronx.

The revitalization of the borough continues through various development and redevelopment projects: York Studios in Soundview, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, the transformation of the former Bronx General Post Office by Youngwoo Associates, and recreation and affordable housing on waterfront along the Harlem River in Mott Haven. Diaz is doing his best to ensure that gentrification works to the benefit of hardworking Bronxites for stayed through the fires, devastation, and neglect by city government.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. deserves another four years to see these projects come to fruition and to begin new ones as he passes the baton to a worthy successor in 2022. For all these reasons and more, we urge Bronx Democratic voters to cast their ballots for Ruben Diaz, Jr. for Bronx Borough President.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, September 12 for voters to cast their ballots from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

If you are not sure where your poll site is located, click on the NYC Board of Elections Poll Site Locator. Or contact the Bronx Board of Elections at 718-299-9017 or NYC Board of Elections at 212-487-5300/5400 or 311.

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