Bronx voters in District 17 to head to the polls for special election

Residents in Mott Haven, Morrisania, Port Morris and Hunts Point will elect a person on Tuesday to represent them in the 17th City Council District.

William Alicea is one of four candidates trying to take over where Jose M. Serrano left off in District 17. Alicea served as a housing commissioner under former Mayor Ed Koch. He says he was responsible for economic development and fair housing. Alicea also helped organize daycare, senior centers and youth programs for Bronx kids. He?s currently working as a real estate broker.

The only woman running is Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Arroyo is a health care administrator with 20 years of experience. Arroyo says District 17 has a high rate of HIV infection and she would focus on that issue as well as improving housing for seniors and providing more money to help the homeless.

Retired NYPD Detective Charles Serrano has also thrown his hat into the race. The candidate has served in the public sector for more than 30 years and lives in the community. Serrano says if elected, he would try to bring more jobs to the South Bronx, work to keep rents affordable and create more programs for Bronx kids. He also says he would focus on seniors.

The fourth candidate is Alberto Torres, who has lived in District 17 for more than a decade. Torrres says if he's elected, he would work with parents to reduce violence in schools, recruit teachers from the community, build affordable housing for the homeless and provide resources to reduce high asthma rates in the South Bronx.

The election is a non-partisan election. The Bronx County Democratic Committee has not officially endorsed a Bronx candidate for District 17.

17th City Council District Race

Click here to read the complete biographies of each of the candidates.

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