On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. attended the ribbon cutting for new ballfields and a track at Parque de los Niños.
This $3.4 million reconstruction of the softball fields and running track was funded with $2,000,000 from the Borough President, $800,000 from the City Council, and $672,000 from the Mayor’s office. The improved facility features a new synthetic turf mini soccer field and an all-weather running track.
The project is part of an overall plan for the park funded by the Borough President and the Mayor’s Office, which also included a revamp of the playground and seating area. The upgraded playground reopened in July 2017.
“The new athletic fields in this park will keep the Soundview community healthy by providing local families with a safe place to be active and spend time outdoors. Parque de los Niños is now a place which can be enjoyed by community members of all ages for generations to come. I thank the Department of Parks & Recreation for their partnership on this wonderful project,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
More photos from the event could be viewed here.
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Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement on the suicide of NYPD officer Johnny Rios. Rios, 35 years old, is the eighth member of the NYPD to die by suicide so far, this year:
“The tragic loss of another New York Police Officer is truly heartbreaking. We mourn the passing of Johnny Rios and offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all of his NYPD colleagues. Rios honorably served New York City for seven years, putting his life on the line to protect New Yorkers. He leaves us all far too soon. I join with everyone in this city in encouraging any law enforcement officer struggling with depression to know that you are not alone and that help is always available.”
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You should know that today’s “What You Should Know” column is a letter written to me by Mr. Jose Avila, President of Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. Mr. Avila, through his organization, organized most of the Garifuna organizations in Bronx County.
“Blessings Councilman Ruben Diaz, as a black Honduran of Garifuna ancestry, I have had an affinity with you and great respect for your achievements.
I have witnessed your service to the entire Latin American, African American, Bangladesh, and Taiwanese community. My friends are surprised when I tell them that I met Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo in Senator Diaz’s office as his community coordinator. I also met Senator Luis Sepulveda in Senator Diaz’s office after his first attempt to reach the assembly and his accomplishment later in 2012. I have also observed them put into practice their teachings of service to the community.
Personally, I am forever grateful for you opening the doors to empower the Garifuna community. You have been more than just an advisor, a great friend who put your office and staff at my disposal. You were the first state legislator who invited and led the Garifuna community to the capitol and the Chambers of the New York Senate, where the month of the Garifuna heritage was proclaimed, the invocation was presented in the Garifuna language and our story was read.
Both Senators and Assemblymembers from all over the state came to know our community during those tours. With increased visibility, our community sponsored the Abrazo Garifuna for seven years, where elected officials of all levels, Union leaders, lobbyists, and members of other communities, met our Garifuna community.
When moving to the City Council of New York, you assigned discretionary funds to the benefit of the Garifuna community.
I totally agree that the Black Puerto Rican, with kinky hair and a broken English, also known as “the cowboy” has been doing a great job here in Bronx County. The facts are the facts and I quoted them earlier.
Congratulations and thank you for your friendship and…
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This morning, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will introduce two resolutions designed to increase diversity at the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS), which administers the retirement benefits for over 350,000 members, by increasing the pension fund’s contracting with Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE).
“Our city is the most diverse in the world, and our investment decisions should reflect that diversity,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who serves as a trustee on the NYCERS board. “For too long, NYCERS has failed to provide enough opportunity to M/WBE fund managers, and these two resolutions are the first step towards providing true equity at the largest pension management system in the world.”
The first resolution will empower NYCERS to hire a consultant specifically to vet qualified M/WBE fund managers in order to consider them for future pension fund management. A second resolution would require NYCERS to dedicate 20 percent of all investments with M/WBE managers, eventually rising to 50 percent.
The total estimated value of NYCERS funds is roughly $194 billion. Currently, NYCERS only contracts roughly 10 percent of all of its assets with M/WBE fund managers.
“We cannot accept limited M/WBE participation in any form of City investment, and that includes at our pension fund,” said Borough President Diaz. “It is incumbent upon NYCERS to recognize the diversity of this city and do everything it can to reflect that diversity in its own hiring and contracting processes.”
Borough President Diaz first announced this package of resolutions in his February “State of the Borough”…
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Titled Meet You There, the curated collection intersects street style with work out wear.
The range is also accompanied by a promotional video, starring Cardi herself speaking to the camera whilst wearing selected pieces from the collection.
In the short below, Cardi discusses her style inspirations, her Bronx upbringing and always staying true to her “weird” self.
Standout pieces include the logo sports bra and biker shorts featuring bold graphics and bright colours that Cardi dons in the campaign.
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