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Baruch College Hosts
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
for the State of the City Speech February 3



NEW YORK, NY-February 2, 2015 - Baruch College hosted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who presented his State of the City speech at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 3 in Mason Hall, located in the College’s historic 17 Lexington Building, the site of the Free Academy founded in 1847.


In his remarks, Mayor de Blasio (right) (WATCH VIDEO) said:

"It is an honor to be at this wonderful college that epitomizes opportunity and possibility for New Yorkers."


Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein welcomed distinguished guests who included: Mayor David Dinkins, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Public Advocate Tish James, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, Jr., Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., members of the city's Congressional Delegation, members of the State Senate and Assembly Delegation, and members of the New York City Council Delegation.


PresidentMitchelWallersteinPresident Wallerstein (left) (WATCH VIDEO) also recognized the foresight of the City’s leadership at the time when the Free Academy was the first institution of higher learning that charged no tuition to the city’s growing immigrant population saying:

"New York’s leaders believed then, as they do today, that a quality higher education at an affordable cost is essential to a qualified work force and growing economy."



President Wallerstein concluded his remarks by introducing New York City Police Officer Lauren Leggio who performed the National Anthem to open the mayor’s speech.

The mayor spoke to New Yorkers on the state of our city including the accomplishments of 2014 and the agenda for progress in 2015 and beyond.

The mayor said his first year in office had seen many successes that included making prekindergarten available to more than 50,000 children and the rollout of his Vision Zero effort to make the city's streets safer for pedestrians.

In his speech, de Blasio also focused on the importance of affordable housing and called for the transformation of whole neighborhoods from Staten Island to Brooklyn. He also cited ways to make more neighborhoods accessible to public transportation, which in turn would make them more appealing options for development.



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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