Archive for January 12th, 2005

12th January

First Published in The New York Sun, January 12, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Mayor Bloomberg kicked off his reelection effort in what might be described as “enemy” territory, the depths of the South Bronx. Delivering his annual State of the City talk at Hostos Community College, the mayor threw down the gauntlet in defense of his accomplishments, a clear challenge to the man the polls say is his likeliest opponent, Fernando Ferrer.

Mr. Ferrer was president of the borough for 14 years and is wildly popular among the huge Latino population that calls the Bronx home.That the mayor is serious in his challenge of Mr. Ferrer was driven home in the first minute of the program, as salsa icon Willie Colon introduced Mr. Bloomberg as the “hardest working mayor in America,” and referred to him as “Alcalde” Bloomberg.