The first Bronx Chamber of Commerce 'Bronx Builders Award Night' brought over 200 people to Marina Del Rey Wednesday to celebrate the wonderful job that the Bronx Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has done. Several elected officials were also on hand including Congressmen Eliot Engel and Charles Rangel, Former mayor David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson, And Assembly members Luis Sepulveda, Mark Gjonaj, Victor Pichardo and the newest member of the assembly Michael Blake (that is on Wednesday November 3rd)..
The eight awardees included Barica College Village, Via Verde, Carl Ledds New York Junior Tennis League, The Mall at Bay Plaza, The Banknote Building, Montefiore Hutchinson Campus Ambulatory Care Center, Heritage Fields, and the South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and the Arts. There was also 34 items of memorabilia from a 24 karat gold Elvis Presley gold record, an autographed 'Good Bye photo' of Derek Jeter, to an autographed Joe Namath photo to name a few.
"The Bronx is Burning" has been replaced with "The Bronx is Booming" said Lenny Caro the president of the BCC. He added that this was only the first Awards Dinner, and that many more will come every year. The Special Guest of Honor was Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York who during his speech told of a wonderful woman who was the first female Prime Minister of Israel.. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was the Keynote Speaker who said no matter where you go in the Bronx there is development, and that means Bronx jobs. Diaz Jr. also mentioned that the Bronx unemployment level is at the lowest rate in many years, below 10% from its high of over 14%. That is still to high Diaz Jr. cautioned, and he is looking to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce to help him lower the rate even more.