• Alumni Speaker

    Ruben Diaz - Alumni Representative 
    Ruben Diaz
    Bronx Borough President

    Ruben Diaz Jr. was elected Bronx Borough President in the special election held on April 21, 2009. He previously served in the New York State Assembly since 1997, representing the 85th Assembly District.Throughout his seven terms in the New York State Legislature, Ruben Diaz Jr. was a champion for working families in the Bronx. He demonstrated a passion for constituent service, social advocacy, and community empowerment, balanced with support for sensible, green economic development and job creation programs. Since becoming borough president, Diaz led the opposition to the proposed redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory into a shopping mall, based on concerns over future wages at the retail mall, traffic impact on the neighborhood, and the potential of the new project to conflict with businesses on nearby Fordham Road. Diaz threw his support behind converting the armory into the largest indoor ice sports center in the world. In April of this year, city officials reached a deal to transform the iconic building.

    Diaz has also led the charge for a new living wage law in New York City, which would require developers that receive heavy taxpayer funding for their project to pay the employees of that development a living wage. In May 2012, the city council passed such a law, giving New York City the strongest law of its kind in the nation.A lifelong resident of the Bronx, Borough President Diaz lives in the southeast Bronx with his wife and their two sons.