City Council Allocates Funding for Jerome Avenue’s Auto Mechanics Training

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez meeting NYC District 16 Council Member, Vanessa L. Gibson.

BRONX–OCTOBER 02, 2019 —New York City Council representatives stimulate the local automotive industry. For the 2019/2020 fiscal year, New York City Council members Vanessa L. Gibson, representing the 16th District of New York City, allocated $10,000 while Fernando Cabrera, representing the 14th District of New York City, allocated $18,000, both of which are for the United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA) to train 12 auto mechanics from the Jerome Avenue rezone area known as the Jerome Avenue Corridor, which consists of over 400 mechanics working in this neighborhood. Over 175 of these mechanics have signed an application, confirming their interest in expanding their knowledge and training in automotive technology.
This much needed funding will make a huge impact in the lives of the 12 mechanics, who will be trained in the latest automotive technology, enriching their capabilities of how to repair vehicles in the future. This will simultaneously prepare them for the Auto Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam. Once auto students pass the ASE exam, they will be nationally qualified as automotive technicians. UAMA has been advocating on behalf of these mechanics for years and welcomes this opportunity to create an impact in their community.
At the same time, other city council members like Andrew Cohen, who represents the 11th District of New York City, allocated $2,500 to select 100 business to be part of a borough-wide compliance program. UAMA has been helping with compliance in the Jerome Corridor area of the Bronx for over ten years. We hope this will inspire other elected officials to continue to support the innovative work in the automotive field.

Respectfully from the Desk of:
Pedro J. Estevez
UAMA Founder and President

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, meeting NYC District 14 Council Member, Fernando Cabrera.

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, Interviewed for Alexander Shapanka’s Dissertation

Zoning Out Jerome Avenue’s Auto Industry

Click the above link to access the 35 page dissertation.

The United Auto Merchant Association (UAMA) President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, spoke with writer and student Alexander Shapanka for his dissertation: “Zoning Out Jerome Avenue’s Auto Industry.” This is an in-depth look at the rezoning and gentrification happening on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, NY, and what detrimental effects can occur in the community. Since UAMA has a close relationship with the automotive industry, particularly in the Bronx, Estevez is a clear expert on the subject.

Seeking Solutions to the Problems Caused by the Rezoning of the Jerome Avenue Corridor

NYC District 13 Councilman, Mark Gjonaj, and United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA) President, Pedro J. Estevez.

Originally by Victor Gomez in Spanish, translated by Pedro Estevez into English.

New York City District 13 Councilman, and Chair of the Small Business Committee of NYC, Mark Gjonaj, met with the President of the United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA), Pedro J. Estévez, to find a solution to the problem caused by the rezoning of the Jerome Ave corridor.             

In this meeting the council member showed interest in the Estévez’s ideas, which consist of the construction of an Automotive Industry Center (auto mall) where these small companies will be located in the “vertical form and not horizontal” as they currently are in the corridor.

For years Estévez has been advocating for the automotive industry, searching for solutions to the businesses’ problems by the rezoning of sectors like the corridor of Jerome Avenue and other areas of the City.  Estevez explained that if these small businesses were all located in a vertical way, it would  minimize the footprint to a fraction of the size, since over 200 businesses are currently located in an area covering over 2 miles in Jerome Ave in a horizontal way.

The president of UAMA, Estevez, explained to the chair of the Small Business committee and council member of the 13th District,Mark Gjonaj, that these small businesses are being stressed by the City, and to understand that the rezoned corridor of Jerome Avenue places these businesses in danger of displacement and consequently, the loss of their lifelong investments.

Estevez reiterated to the council that the idea of the relocation of these businesses to a vertical location in an Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) where each of these business owners, would be proprietor of their occupying space and ultimately will be the way to end the limitations they have been under for years.  

The City Council welcomed the approach of the UAMA President, Pedro J. Estevez, and recognized his leadership. For more than twelve years he has been educating, advocating, and defending small auto businesses in New York City.