On Friday, February 26, 2021, following the announcement of the departure of Milton Nuñez, Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Medical Center, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was joined by Bronx elected officials calling on the leadership of NYC Health + Hospitals to demand answers and transparency on the selection process of the incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
“COVID-19 has ravaged our communities in every imaginable way, and our borough continues to suffer from inequities in the healthcare system,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “As we continue to fight this infectious disease that has forever changed how we go about our daily lives, I am calling on the leadership of NYC Health + Hospitals to be transparent in their selection process of the incoming CEO at Lincoln Medical Center. We must ensure the people of The Bronx have confidence in the selection, and I am demanding answers on their process.”
Lincoln Hospital has a long-standing legacy in the borough of The Bronx, providing health services in the City of New York for over 177 years. The facility first began providing services in 1839 and was known as “The Home for the Colored Aged.” In Bronx Community Board #1, where Lincoln Medical Center sits, over 60% of the district identify as Hispanic.
“Local hospitals and their leadership should match the communities they serve, the history of how Lincoln Hospital became what it is today, is in large part due to the Latino/a and Hispanic community. The lack of transparency by the leadership of NYC Health + Hospitals is a slap in the face and a clear sign of disrespect to the people of this borough,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, and SOMOS Community Care to educate the Latino/Hispanic Community on the importance of the COVID-19 Vaccine. Council Member Reverend Ruben Diaz Sr. and over 150 other eligible clergy members received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I want to continue to urge everyone, as soon as you are eligible and able to get an appointment to please get vaccinated,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “As we continue to fight this pandemic, which has changed our daily lives and brought devastation to our communities, getting vaccinated is a major step towards recovery, and how we will all be able to stay healthy together. I want to thank Dr. Nuñez, Dr. Tallaj and the entire SOMOS team for their work on both facilitating these vaccines to our clergy leaders, as well as on the frontlines throughout this entire pandemic.”
On February 22, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., and a number of hip hop legends, to celebrate the life of Fred The Godson, by officially Co-Naming Leggett Avenue and Kelly Street after him. Fred The Godson was a hip hop artist known for his unique metaphors and word-play, and his life was tragically taken by COVID-19.
On Saturday, February 13, 2021, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in conjunction with ADNIM Foundation, The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), school leaders and community partners distributed Chromebooks to 400 Bronx students in need to kick off Valentine’s Day weekend. This was part of a donation of 800 Chromebooks, the other 400 Chromebooks were distributed in January for a day of service honoring the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The recipients of the Chromebooks are students from eight different schools in different parts of the borough.
In October 2020, Borough President Diaz Jr. held a «Tech Equity Day of Action» and called on the Department of Education to provide appropriate devices to all students immediately, hold internet services providers accountable to provide Wi-Fi access, provide easy access to devices to students, and improve communication around distribution of devices. In December 2020, several elected officials and community partners sent a letter to the New York City Department of Education Chancellor and the New York City Mayor demanding action, as the need was still not met.
Through the generous support of the ADNIM Foundation, The Office of The Bronx Borough President was able to distribute a total of 800 Chromebooks to Bronx students who have still not received devices.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I have worked hard to make it a priority that Bronx students are given the necessary resources, and with the help of a Bronx business we were able to provide 800 Chromebooks directly to students in need,» said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. «While this is a great step, we are almost a year into the pandemic, and our students have been forced to navigate blending and remote-learning without adequate devices and internet access, causing many to fall behind in their assignments. I want to once again thank the ADNIM Foundation for heeding our call, leading by example, and making the education of Bronx students a top priority.»
By: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.