Bronx Borough Prez Ruben Diaz Jr Holds Out On Soccer Stadium Deal | Crain’s New York

Ruben Diaz, Jr / ©Getty Images
Ruben Diaz, Jr / ©Getty Images

Back in January, Welcome2TheBronx wrote about how our Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. sat on the fence on the soccer stadium deal after much wooing them to the Bronx.  Now Crain’s New York reports an interview with Diaz Jr, where he says, “On the soccer stadium as a whole, I’ll say this: I’m not there yet. That said, I am open-minded. As I said in my State of the Borough address, with a good community-benefits agreement, with proper community engagement, I think we can get to a place where folks understand the economic benefits of the stadium. But those benefits have to be real and be felt. It can’t just benefit the royal family of Abu Dhabi [who co-owns the franchise] or the Yankees.”

Perhaps this is a sign that Ruben Diaz, Jr is beginning to listen to his constituents’ needs?

One can only hope.

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