Archive for February 17th, 2006

17th February

First Published in The New York Sun, February 17, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

When it happened, I’m not really sure, but most borough presidents, relatively powerless under the current city charter, deliver an annual “State of the Borough” speech. Although there has been precious little good news to report, the Bronx is certainly no exception to this practice.

During Fernando Ferrer’s long occupancy of borough hall, this speech began to take on imperial trappings, aping the president’s annual speech before Congress.This, of course was a bully pulpit for a candidate who spent the final eight years of his tenure running for mayor (before taking his quest private, courtesy of term limits, on January 1, 2002). (more…)