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January 10th, 2006

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Delivers Inaugural Address

by SoHo Journal Staff

January 8, 2006 (New York, NY)?Ǭ Scott Stringer delivered his inaugural address today and said that his first term as Manhattan Borough President would center on the power of ideas.

In a 15 minute speech, delivered in front of more than 1,000 guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stringer unveiled a vision for Manhattan that he said would focus on creating more affordable housing, sensible community development, and programs for children and families in need.

“The tragic irony of Manhattan’s success story is that people that made this island great can now barely afford to live here,” Stringer said. “We must work in every corner of this borough to make planning sensible, housing affordable and Manhattan livable for working families.”

Stringer said that in order to work towards smarter community development that would promote affordable housing he planned on bringing ambitious reforms to Manhattan’s 12 Community Boards.?Ǭ He pledged to “take the politics out of Community Boards, make them more powerful, and give them the resources they need to use that power effectively.”

The Borough President also indicated in his remarks that his office would focus on several crucial issues facing Manhattan including creating and promoting programs to help families access federal assistance, combating domestic violence, reducing the alarmingly high incidence of childhood asthma, and creating programs including a youth sports league to help parents and children during after school hours.

Stringer offered an optimistic view for the future of the borough saying, “As great as Manhattan’s many challenges, our solutions have always been greater.?Ǭ And I believe we have a tremendous opportunity to leave an indelible mark on this island that will be a testament to the power of our people and the power of our ideas.”

Senator Charles Schumer addressed guests prior to Stringer’s speech saying, “Scott Stringer is the kind of hard working, big thinking leader that represents the best of New York. In Albany, Scott was a real reformer who showed that he knows how to make government work for everyday people, and I know he’ll do a great job as Borough President. Manhattan is lucky to have him.”

And Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who in many ways has served as mentor to Stringer throughout his career, added, “I knew Scott when he was a young kid in my office who wouldn’t quit when it came to constituent services and I grew to know him as an Assemblymen who tackled seemingly impossible challenges. As Borough President, I know he’ll set lofty goals.?Ǭ But I also know he’ll accomplish them.”

At the inaugural Stringer was administered the oath of office by friend and New York State Supreme Court Justice Eileen Bransten.

Scott Stringer was elected President of the Borough of Manhattan in November of 2005 after serving as a member of the New York State Assembly for six consecutive terms.?Ǭ As a member of the Assembly, he was a leading reformer and advocate for New York’s working families. Borough President Stringer was raised in Washington Heights and attended public schools in Manhattan.

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