Bronx Elected Officials Call for Peaceful Protest After Night of Vandalism on Fordham Road
By Robert Press
Led by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. standing at the corner of Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse many elected officials and candidates for office called for peaceful protests after several stores on Fordham Road were looted Monday night.
Borough President Diaz was joined by congress members Eliot Engel and Adraino Espaillat, State Senator Jamaal Bailey and Gustavo Rivera, Assembly members Speaker Carl Heastie, Latoya Joiner, Carmen Arroyo, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Jose Rivera, and Marcos Crespo, City Council members Vanessa Gibson, Ruben Diaz Sr., and Fernando Cabrera, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, 32nd State Senate candidate John Perez, 85th Assembly candidate Kenneth Burgos, and Judicial candidate Wanda Negron. Only Borough President Diaz Jr., Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Bronx DA Clark spoke. BP Diaz said that Monday night was bad not just for the Bronx, but for all of New York City, referring to the looting in mid-town Manhattan. Speaker Heastie was more subdued in what he said trying to understand the looting that went on. Bronx DA Clark asked of the looters "Why would you set us back in time?"
Borough President Diaz lets one store owner talk about what is left of her business that was on Fordham Road.