Cinco de Mayo Place Honors Culture, History and Contributions of Mexican People in Kingsbridge

I’m proud to have sponsored the legislation that co-names Jerome Avenue and E. 193rd Street, Cinco de Mayo Place, recognizing Mexican culture and heritage.  The Mexican community is a strong force in the commercial and cultural vibrancy of the Kingsbridge neighborhood.  The new sign is an official recognition of this contribution.  On May 5th I was joined by Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering, Consul General of Mexico; Congresswoman Maritza Marin, President of the Migrant Affairs Committee Estado Puebla Mexico;  Ernesto Leyva, Secretary of Migrant Affairs, Estado Puebla Mexico; and  Jairo Guzman, President of the Mexican Coalition for the unveiling of the new sign.

The Bronx is the only majority Hispanic borough in New York City.  Mexicans are the fastest growing Hispanic population in the city and the third largest segment of the Hispanic population in the Kingsbridge area.


On Friday, May 18th, I unveiled a new sign, “DJ Scott LaRock Way” at Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue in honor of the hip hop legend.  I’m proud to have sponsored the legislation that dedicates this intersection to DJ Scott LaRock, whose creative genius helped  create a newurban art form, and put the Bronx front and center in entertainment worldwide.  Scott’s legacy continues to influence entertainment, dance, fashion and language.  The Bronx is proud of its son, DJ Scott LaRock and honors and celebrates his life and legacy with the official co-naming of W. Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue as “DJ Scott LaRock  Boulevard.”


New Budget Brings More Funding to District 14

For Fiscal Year 18, beginning in July, I have provided a total of $7.2 million dollars in capital, discretionary and initiatives funding.  A total of $6.86 million will fund important capital projects and programs for affordable housing, youth and education, senior citizens, parks and recreation, transportation, public safety, arts and community services.  I’m happy to provide these resources to our neighborhoods and to support more than 70 community organizations.

Look for more police safety cameras, bus stop countdown clocks on some of our busiest bus lines, more free movies in St. James Park, and more free bookbags for kids!


Raise the Age of Criminal Responsibility

New York remains one of only two states that continues to charge 16- and 17-year olds as adults.  Scientific and psycho-social research shows that teen brains are still a “work in progress,” and that youths do not have the the decision-making abilities of adults.  As chair of the NYC Council Juvenile Justice Committee, I support policies in New York City that keep teenagers out of the adult justice system, giving them a better chance for a safe and productive life. Last week’s joint hearing with the Committee on Courts will result in good legislation to help our youth.040