Gibson’s State of the Borough address aims high amid systemic challenges


With portraits of her late political mentors in the background of her first State of the Borough address, Borough President Vanessa Gibson touted a vision of the Bronx as a “place of opportunities” while hoping in her first term to make the Boogie Down, a global destination.

A year removed from tragedies that defined her first year in the office, such as the Twin Parks fire in January 2022, Gibson affirmed that “better and brighter days” are ahead for Bronxites. Gibson, elected in November 2021, became the first woman and first Black Bronx beep, succeeding Ruben Diaz Jr., who was in attendance for the event held in Manhattan College’s Kelly Commons on Wednesday.