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  Ferrer, Fernando
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AffiliationDemocratic  
 
NameFernando Ferrer
Address2521 Palisade Ave
Bronx, New York , United States
EmailNone
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Born April 30, 1950 (69 years)
ContributorMonsieur
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 02, 2012 07:59pm
Tags Hispanic - Liberal - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Catholic - Straight -
InfoFernando Ferrer was the Borough President of The Bronx from 1987 to 2001, and was a candidate for mayor in 2001. He is the Democratic candidate currently making another bid for mayor against Republican Mike Bloomberg.

Ferrer grew up on Fox Street in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx and was raised by his mother and by his grandmother, who worked in the kitchen of the Waldorf-Astoria. Ferrer went to private school and attended New York University before he got involved in community service as a student. Ferrer entered politics, and was elected to the New York City Council at the age of 32. Remembering how he had to translate for his grandmother when she was hospitalized, he authored legislation requiring interpreters in city emergency rooms. Ferrer went on to chair the Health Committee, fight for anti-discrimination laws on behalf of gays and lesbians, and lead the fight for a Civilian Complaint Review Board for the NYPD.

Ferrer began his 14-year tenure as Bronx borough president when the Bronx was a symbol of urban decay and neglect. National attention led to a Federal commitment to rebuild. During the Ferrer administration housing was created for about 66,000 families. The borough saw a significant drop in crime, particularly in the South Bronx neighborhood, and a steady rise in business and real estate investment.

In 2001, Ferrer ran for the Democratic nomination for mayor. He won the first primary with 34%, but failed to win the necessary 40% to win the nomination and ultimately lost a divisive runoff election to Mark Green. Ferrer, who is of Puerto Rican descent, received a high level of support from Hispanic voters.

Ferrer is the Democratic nominee running against mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005. However, his candidacy was hurt because of remarks he made concerning the Amadou Diallo shooting in March 2005. Ferrer, who'd protested the shooting at the time, recently expressed his belief to the New York City Police Department Sergeant's Benevolent Association that the incident was a "tragedy," but "not a crime." He has been strongly criticized by Diallo's family and others for these remarks, and he slid in popularity polls. He has been endorsed by Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer, Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as The New York Times, Howard Dean, Reverend Al Sharpton, the Working Families Party and former mayor David Dinkins. In the primary election held on September 13, 2005, Ferrer garnered 39.95% of the final vote. He needed 40% to avoid a runoff, but Anthony D. Weiner, the second place finisher, conceded, thus ensuring Ferrer would advance to the general election. A count of the total votes indicates that Ferrer recieved 40.15% of the votes.

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  11/08/2005 New York City Mayor Lost 39.01% (-19.37%)
  09/13/2005 NYC Mayor - D Primary Won 40.15% (+11.14%)
  10/11/2001 New York City Mayor - D Runoff Lost 48.99% (-2.02%)
  09/25/2001 New York City Mayor - D Primary Won 35.78% (+4.64%)
  11/04/1997 Bronx Borough President Won 85.78% (+74.05%)
  09/09/1997 Bronx Borough President - D Primary Won 86.17% (+72.35%)
  11/02/1993 Bronx Borough President Won 80.54% (+62.76%)
  09/14/1993 Bronx Borough President - D Primary Won 87.98% (+75.96%)
  11/07/1989 Bronx Borough President Won 83.95% (+72.51%)
  11/03/1987 Bronx Borough President Special Won 85.86% (+76.70%)
  09/15/1987 Bronx Borough President Special - D Primary Won 85.37% (+70.73%)
  04/15/1987 Bronx Borough President Appointment Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/1985 New York City Council 13 Won 93.68% (+89.07%)
  09/10/1985 NYC Council 13 - D Primary Won 65.32% (+30.63%)
  11/02/1982 New York City Council 13 Won 91.00% (+82.01%)
  11/05/1974 NY Assembly 79 Lost 7.30% (-75.64%)
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