Friday, November 12, 2010

Bronx Borough Prez Ruben Diaz, Jr. To Critics: Mind Your Business

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. is pushing back against critics (or critic, that being the New York Post) who say he's got no place being named to Gov.-Elect Andrew Cuomo's transition team.

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The crux of the critcism, as outlined by the NYP's Adam Brodsky, is that it's oxymoronic to call on Diaz to help Cuomo with plans for job creation and economic development when he, city Comptroller John Liu (also a member of the transition team) and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer tried to squelch a city-commissioned study on the cost of a "living wage" bill for city workers.

Diaz was also blamed for killing the proposed Kingsbridge Armory shopping center project by demanding higher-than-minimum wages for workers there in exchange for million in city subsidies, as our Adam Lisberg has outlined.

The Bronx beep's having none of it.

“I am proud to serve Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo as a member of his transition team. Challenging times are ahead for New York State, and this transition team will work to put together the best and brightest minds to serve our new governor’s administration and build a talented and diverse new state government.

"I am honored that my friend Andrew Cuomo has chosen me to be a part of this process,” Diaz said in a statement.

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