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Open Letter to the Bronx By Mayor Bill de Blasio

Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

This week my administration is moving City Hall to the Bronx for a week. It’s something we like to call “City Hall in Your Borough.”

Monday through Friday I’ll be working from the Bronx County Courthouse with many of the key people in city government. On Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., we’ll be hosting the City Resource Fair at The Bronx County Building. You can sign up at nyc.gov/Bronx or call (212) 748-0281. You can meet with us and share your concerns, questions and suggestions.

On Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m., we’ll be at the Adlai E. Stevenson High School at 1980 Lafayette Avenue, for a town hall. Residents of the 18th Council District should RSVP by Friday, May 19 at noon via email at townhallrsvp@cityhall.nyc.gov or by calling (212) 788-1412.

After three years in office, we’ve had a lot of success creating a fairer and better borough for all.

We’re bringing Equity and Excellence to schools and the Bronx now has the highest graduation rate increase of any borough, up almost six percent to 64.8 percent graduation. Major crime is down five percent in the Bronx, helping to make New York the safest big city in America. The Bronx has seen the largest decrease in unemployment of any borough, almost 4.5 percent since 2014.

We’re doing all we can to lift up the Bronx, filling almost a quarter million potholes and repaving 500 miles of road; investing $36 million to replace roofs at the Parkside Houses and installing LED lighting at Castle Hill and Patterson Houses; and investing $285 million to renovate community parks.

But there is more to do. The people of the Bronx are the reason why this borough is so strong.  I can’t wait to spend this week talking with you and your neighbors about how we can do a better job making this city work for you. Come by and visit with us!

Bill de Blasio is the *** mayor of New York City. 

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