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Hon. Fernando Ferrer

Hon. Fernando Ferrer

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Fernando Ferrer is a Co-Chair in Mercury’s New York City office. He is a recognized expert on revitalizing American cities and brings several decades of experience in state and local government to his role.

Former Acting Chairman of the Board of the MTA

Member of the New York City Council and Bronx Borough President

Oversaw the largest urban rebuilding effort in the country, creating housing for 66,000 families

Graduate of New York University and Baruch College

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Fernando Ferrer is a Co-Chair in Mercury’s New York City office. He is a recognized expert on revitalizing American cities and brings several decades of experience in state and local government to his role.

Fernando most recently served as Acting Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He previously held this role in 2013 and 2017 and served as Vice Chairman from 2011 to 2018. Fernando is also a member of the Board of Trustees of City University of New York and Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs Committee.

Fernando served in the New York City Council from 1982 to 1987 and was Bronx Borough President from 1987 through 2001. During his 14-year tenure, he designed and oversaw the largest urban rebuilding effort in the country. On his watch, over 66,000 small homes and apartments were built, over 34,000 new jobs were created by hundreds of new businesses and over 2.5 billion dollars were invested in institutional renewal and growth. In 1997, the National Civic League recognized the Bronx revival with the prestigious All-America City Award.

Fernando earned his B.A. from New York University and his M.P.A from Baruch College. He has been awarded honorary degrees, as well as hundreds of awards from schools, community groups, institutions and faith communities.

He is married to Dr. Aramina Vega Ferrer, a retired New York City public school principal and a current associate professor in the School of Education at Mercy College. They have one daughter, Carlina, and three grandsons.