Carrion focuses on jobs and the economy in his State of the Borough address
Adolfo Carrion Jr. delivered his second State of the Borough address Thursday.
In his speech, the borough president focused on the economy and the need to bring more jobs to the Bronx. He said that one in 10 Bronx residents are unemployed and 1/3 fall below the poverty level. Carrion blames a lot of the economic problems in the Bronx on both Governor George Pataki (R-NY) and President Bush.
To help Bronx residents find jobs, Carrion announced he will launch the Bronx at Work Campaign, which is an initiative aimed at bringing and keeping business in the Bronx. Carrion is also going to make job hunting easier for Bronx residents through the use of an Internet and phone database.
In addition to the economy, Carrion highlighted the need to stop violence and overcrowding in Bronx schools. He plans on opening 30 new smaller high schools and putting Internet access in all schools.
The borough president also spoke about the importance of making Bronx communities safer.
Click here to view the borough president's entire speech.