- Posted March 29, 2014 by
MACO MAGAZINE ARTICLE ON JEFF BENJAMIN
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Improving Miami's public transportation system should be any mayor's priority, he says. He sees transportation as directly related to every other item. Effective transportation means access to jobs, which in turn is directly related to the stabilization of families and by extension communities, cities, economies.
"Transportation gives masses of people the ability to search for, and access jobs. Then they can pay their bills, and look after their families, create stable homes."
Benjamin visits Trinidad at least twice a year for business and to touch base with his extended family and friends. His ''Trini" attitude resonates in Miami. "It's funny," he says. "They don't' say Jeff Benjamin is running for mayor...they say the Trini is running forjnayor."
His most recent trip to Trinidad was to explore the possibilities of
developing a mentorship project with a group of young people.
"My legacy is to pay it forward. My job socially and ethically is to be the best face of Trinidad ...not to be involved in scandal, or bring shame or disrepute to the nation, so those young kids can say 'I want to be like him: win lose or draw.' "
Jeffrey Benjamin is a die-hard believer. Part of his code is "Never let go of hope."
Suddenly, his eyes cloud over, Boasting some of the wealthiest residents in the US, Miami ranks second (after Chicago) in the highest numbers of homeless. He is disturbed. "I can't fathom not having a coffee, a meal, not having a bed to sleep in every day/night. How can a city with millions of dollars, and billion-dollar high-rises, have the second largest homeless population?"
He values his own good fortune all the more. His son Jurgen is
finishing his degree at Wesleyan College. Giovanni is entering
his freshman year at Barry University and he has a third son Dimarco who attends pre-school.
He says, "We have great minds and the resources to create a better place for our children. We can still achieve so much more and show the world, by our actions what we have to offer."
We? Is he referring to his people in Miami, New York, Chicago. or Trinidad. Most likely, it's a brushstroke "all ah we." This is his way, and, although the polls did not favour him, Jeff Benjamin will triumph—win, lose or draw EMI