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Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx borough president, talks about some of his recent state of the borough address, including FreshDirect's move to the Bronx and the Kingsbridge Armory plans.
Who does your research!? A simple google search would turn up recent press coverage of reasons the Fresh Direct corporate giveaway is a 'rotten deal'. Brian, why aren't you raising these issues: over a $100 million in taxpayer giveaway to this company b/c . . . what!? They want to relocate to NJ! Really? And pay tolls to reach their customers. And why does the community impacted get no voice except for this guy who - without even meeting with his constituents - lavishes pork on a company that the neighborhood doesn't want.
Your radio show should consider if impacted communities have thoughts on a terrible giveaway and should represent those views. In this case, we never even hear about South Bron community efforts for over a decade to obtain public access to the S. Bronx waterfront or about the many other much more beneficial and even lucrative uses that could be made for this public land, for the community, and for the city taxpayers.
Diaz: not ready for primetime. Will try his time at the teat of city-wide campaign contributors who like to have a few puppets throughout the city, and he will slink away into some backroom in the Bronx doing no good for anyone.
I wear a hoodie because it’s cold out. You have your hands in my pockets, Officer, because I’m Black. That’s the description I fit. I do not consent to this search. Look for yourself on Youtube. We’re creating a decentralized digital museum of the New Jim Crow. Your grandchildren will know what you did for a living. You’re no hero.
youtube.com/watch?v=_S_Q4KumJNEFemale Goldman Sachs executives arrested in Harlem - 1/5/12
What a terrible use of the waterfront. One company, the Galesi Group has a 99 year ease there, and I heard they pay like $10,000 rent a year for 100 acres, and they collect the rent from everyone else there. Look into that!
Imagine a mixed use waterfront, affordable housing, a school, parks, commercial space and supermarkets, green jobs on site.... it will happen.
Diaz is so outclassed, He has sold out! Why does South Bronx get a proposal to host Fresh Direct but Kingsbridge community gets an RFP for the best use of the space? Is that fair?
How do you deliver 99 cent bags of chips??
I find it hard to believe that this guest is able to negociate with a Bloomberg. My god what a vast gulf in representation.
I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE KINGSBRIDGE ARMORY.
As a NE Bronx resident, I'd like Mr. Diaz to comment on a public health problem and civil rights issue: the dangerous tactics being used by untrained police in 'stop and frisk' and street level narcotics units that leads to brutal beatings and even killings such as the murder of unarmed 18 year old Ramarley Graham inside his own home - by a cop whose only relevant training probably came in the US military, for raids against Iraqi and Afghan insurgents, training now used against Americans in residential working class neighborhoods.
Well, I'll be in the Bronx at my 90 yo mom's dr this morning while this plays but I'd like to know if FreshDirect will now be delivering to Bronxites now that the company's moving their center to that borough?! Will they start taking EBT (food stamps card) one hopes? Let's hear their excuses for why they won't be doing either of these. Yes, I know, I'm answering my own question with my cynical comment.
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