He said, "Building bulkheads to protect the northern sides of the city from flooding" is a priority. It is also vital, he said, for the city to be fiscally strong and maintain a good financial outlook from rating agencies such as Moody's.
Torres, 63, a career educator, is running on the Democratic line. He was a teacher in the Long Beach schools from 1973 to 1985, then an administrator for more than 10 years. He retired in 2005. He had worked as deputy superintendent in Long Beach, Roosevelt and Hempstead and a district superintendent in Bronx schools. He served on the city's zoning board and its housing commission. He is City Council president and has been for most of his council tenure since 2009. Torres has a doctorate in education from Seton Hall University, a master's degree from Long Island University and a bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University. Married for more than 45 years, he has three children.