Earlier this afternoon, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito launched the second of her "Follow Me Fridays" campaign at the Shoppe Bronx, the first time held in the Bronx portion of her district. This initiative by the Speaker is to draw her constituents to visit and support local businesses, locations, and other destinations within her district. The Shoppe Bronx, a combination clothing boutique featuring local Bronx artist apparel and coffee shop, greeted the Speaker along with over two dozen other patrons and constituents with open arms.
Speaker Viverito's actions continue to signal an approachability not previously seen by her predecessors, and is one that continues to build her popularity with her new base in the Bronx. Many local activists also came out to join her in the event, hoping to catch a moment to greet her, while providing a show for the Shoppe Bronx, which benefitted from the Speaker's presence and continues to have a positive impact in the Mott Haven community.
The Speaker's actions set an example for other local elected officials: providing a presence to local establishments and being approachable to constituents can have both a positive economic and social impact in their local neighborhoods. We hope that others take heed and follow in her example.