The Fordham BID Business Improvement District, formed in 2005, is a not-for-profit local development organization founded in 2005. Our primary mission is to foster, promote and grow our world-class businesses, cultural and educational facilities, residence and retailers.

Managing the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID) covers maintenance and sanitation conditions, provide business assistance and development services, security, facilitating the construction of public spaces and streetscapes that promote an active and cohesive community, environmental improvement for existing and new business, promote Fordham Road’s cultural assets and importance and engaging with our diverse community.

Our services

Our BIDs provide supplementary sanitation and public safety services, marketing support, placemaking events at our public plazas, and streetscape improvement and beautification.

Services we provide:
  • District Beautification
  • Supplemental Sanitation Services
  • Snow clearance of pedestrian crosswalks and ramps
  • General Marketing and Promotion
  • Community events
  • Community and Business Advocacy
  • Business Development Services
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Our Staff

Wilma Alonso - Executive Director

Wilma began her career on Fordham Road back in 1995 at the Bronx Council for Economic Development. It was during her time as the Executive Director of this founding organization that she helped establish Fordham Road BID in 2005. Since then she has long been considered the heart and soul of the organization and is known across the city as a fierce advocate of the neighborhood and is the architect behind many of the economic, social, and capital improvements that have occurred on Fordham Road.

Some of her major accomplishments include securing $3.5 million for the renovation of Bryan Park, and securing funding for and overseeing the $1.5 million installation of historically accurate replicas of lamp posts throughout and beyond the BID borders, which at the time was the largest street lighting installation project in The Bronx's history. Wilma has been recognized for multiple awards throughout the years, most recently listed among New York City and State's Power 75, and Crain's Top New York Business Hispanic Leaders & Executives in 2021. 

Wilma also serves as a board of trustees member for St. Barnabas Hospital, and is a board member on both the NYC BID Association and NYC & Company.  Wilma's leadership, resourcefulness, partnerships, and creativity continue to be the driving force behind the direction of the Fordham Road BID.

Daniel Bernstein - Deputy Director

Daniel assisted in the BID’s start-up in 2005.  Daniel manages all day-to-day operations, including budget financial procedures, grant requests and policies, general administration and park and public development/capital improvement projects.  He directly supervises all BID staff and acts as the primary liaison with city contractors and service personnel.  Throughout his tenure with the BID, he has assisted in creating and designing a variety of marketing events and advertisements.

In 1996, Daniel joined the Madison Avenue BID in Manhattan.  As Operations Manager, he presided over all security and sanitation personnel.  In addition, he managed a $1.8 million budget, all personnel records, service contracts, insurance policies and payroll, To date, Daniel continues to serve the Madison Avenue BID as a financial consultant.

From 1999-2008, Daniel served as an auxiliary police officer for the New York City Police Department.  In 2002, he also began his charitable vocation for the New York City Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as an executive board member and continued in this capacity for six years and was awarded the New York Mets Spirit Award in 2005. Since 2010 he’s been on the Bronx Advisory Board for Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Daniel also spent nearly ten years on the Bronx Regional Board of The American Cancer Society. 

Daniel is a Bronx native & currently resides in Cold Spring, New York with his two children, Adam and Grace.  Besides spending time with his family & his English bulldog, Bronx, Daniel’s favorite diversion is playing pool in a weekly league in New York City, in which he’s participated for almost thirty years.  

Albert Dalipi - Program Manager

Albert joined the Fordham Road BID in 2021 after working at Greyston for over 6 years where he developed and expanded 2 successful community beautification pilot programs that have received multiple community awards and have brought immense value to residents, businesses, and visitors of South West Yonkers. Albert’s programs have created hundreds of job opportunities and contributed over $3.2 million back into the economy of Yonkers in just 2020 alone.

As a graduate of Fordham University who remains an ardent advocate of the neighborhood, Albert brings over a decade of experience in managing nonprofits and growing urban ecosystems. His background in nonprofit management, operations, budget administration, and public development positions him well for our dynamic environment which involves working with property owners, business members, and the general public at large.

Albert will help the Fordham Road BID develop, design, and deliver commercial revitalization programs and services as part of the organization’s Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization grant funded by the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS).

Corinne O’Brien - Program Community Coordinator

Corinne started with the Fordham Road BID as an intern in 2021. She is a graduate student and Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow in Fordham University’s International Political Economy and Development (IPED) program. She comes to the Fordham BID with 5 years of experience supporting the federal government with strategy and knowledge management solutions. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda in 2019 and 2020. Corinne has a B.S. in Public Policy Analysis from Indiana University. 

Aminoul Niass - Supervisor

Aminoul has been with the BID since its inception in 2005. He supervises a crew of 6 team members and is well known in the community as a positive, compassionate and selfless team leader. 

Seedia Jabbi - Sanitation Team Member
Mamadou Keita - Sanitation Team Member
Cheikh Niang - Sanitation Team Member
Kerim Abilou - Sanitation Team Member
Assane Hanne - Sanitation Team Member
Umar Muhammed - Sanitation Team Member

BID Board of Directors

David Rose
Chairman, (Automotive Reality)
Class A
Jason Mizrahi
Vice Chair (Original Product Corp.)
Class A
Bill Colona
Secretary (Fordham University)
Class A
Donald Simon
Vice-Secretary (Monroe College)
Class A
Property Owners
William Colona, Fordham University Class A
Melissa Davis, New York Public Library, Bronx Library Center Class A
Frank DeLeonardis, 2477-2487 Webster Avenue Class A
Michael Hirschhorn, Jenel Management Corp. Class A
Alan Jemal, Jem Realty Management Class A
Samuel Jemal, Fordham Associates, LLP Class A
Storey Hess, RPAI US Management, LLC Class A
Commercial Tenants
Government / Elected Officials & Representatives
Angelos Kontos, NYC Department of Small Business Services Class D
Rafael Roger, Bronx Borough President’s Office Class D
Angel R. Vazquez, NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres’ Office Class D
Khadim Niang, NYC Comptroller's Office Class D
Non-Voting Community Members
Kenneth Brown, Community Board 5 Class E
John Sanchez, Community Board 6 Class E
Ischia Bravo, Community Board 7 Class E

Sidewalk Sale 2021

Annual Reports

2021 Audited Financial Statements

Our Sponsors