Dear Neighbor,


Thank you for joining us for another week in review. 

We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!

Our team had a great time at the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn on Monday. Our Caribbean and West Indian Community have contributed so much to our city, and it was an honor to join with members of the Bronx Delegation to celebrate them!


As we prepare for a heatwave and the hottest day of the year, we encourage everyone to limit outdoor activity wherever possible. To find a cooling center near you, please click here.

We also want to wish all of our students, teachers, principals, and school faculty a happy new school year! We know our children are in good hands and we wish you all the best in this next chapter.

Lastly, Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced two neighborhood revitalization programs: the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and New York Forward Program. Both programs are reimbursement grants that cover the costs of capital projects like public art installation, storefront improvement, community Wi-Fi and more. For more information about the program and how to apply, click here. The application deadline is September 8th.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 718-590-3500 or email us at


In partnership,

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson



Bard Early College is in the Bronx! We are so excited to finally see this incredible institution lay roots in our beloved Borough since opening the first Bard Early College school in Manhattan in 2001. So many of our students travel 2 hours every day to attend their schools but our children deserve an early college option close to home, in their Borough.

We are so grateful to see this come to life. This has been a true labor of love and collaboration on all levels. Thank you to everyone involved in making this dream a reality.

Bard Early College is a public early college high school where students graduate with their high school diploma and an associate degree free of costs to their families.

Copyright Danny Santana Photography

We were able to serve 400 students with backpacks filled with school supplies during our 2nd Back to School event! What a great way to get ready for the new school year!

Thank you to P.S. 51, Bronx S.T.E.M & Arts Academy and Essen Health Care for your collaboration and commitment to our youth.

The Bronx was proudly represented today in the West Indian Day Parade! Thank you to my colleagues who joined me in the parade and everyone that came out to show their Caribbean pride.

Photo Cred: @geniusexposuremedia


Focused housing efforts need to address the city's aging population

The average cost of rent in the Bronx has risen nearly 20% over the past decade, outpacing the change in median household income by more than 13%. The numbers simply do not add up for the increasing number of longtime residents who are now struggling to grow older in the same communities they helped build.

Better, faster, free internet will help everybody in NYC

I see firsthand the toll this digital divide has on our schoolchildren, families and older neighbors. It’s why I’ve invested significant time and resources in providing critical services such as digital literacy training for our seniors, in addition to Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots for our students.