Monday, October 20, 2014

REPO MAN? Comes to Riverdale

  In a police looking undercover Chevy Impala complete with flashing lights, it appears that the REPO MAN visited Riverdale this afternoon. That is a car hauler that is used to transport cars from one place to another. This car hauler was spotted on West 235th Street unable to make a turn onto the service road of the Henry Hudson Parkway. Of the two cars on the transporter the one on the back is a Lexus SUV that you would see on the streets of Riverdale, that is unless it was repossessed.  I asked the man and woman who were with the driver of the transporter if they were police officers and the answer was no. I later went to the 50th Police Precinct to see if the car was a NYPD vehicle, and the pair were officers. The answer I got was that the car was that the car was not a NYPD vehicle, and the pair in the photos I showed are not police officers. The conclusion was that the pair were part of either the City Marshal, Sheriffs Department, or indeed a repo operation.

Left - One of the two people direct cars to turn right off West 235th Street.
Right - The transport is backed down West 235th Street, even through the light is red.

Left - Two people cross without warning as the truck is backing up.
Right - Again the light is red, but the truck keeps backing up.

Left - The truck was backed down from the Parkway 4 blocks to Oxford Avenue not allowing traffic to go through on West 235th Street for almost an hour.
Right - The truck is able to turn onto Johnson Avenue then onto West 236th Street to get to Riverdale Avenue.

Watch out if you did not pay your car bill this month, it looks like the REPO MAN is in town.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Thursday, November 6, 2014   7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
Montefiore Hospital's
 Grand Ballroom 
107 East Gun Hill Road
Bronx, NY 10467

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$15 to attend.
Donations can be made on the website directly

Please join us in celebrating The COVE's 25th Anniversary
as we honor three outstanding supporters of  the
Knox Gates Neighborhood Association
 for their unwavering commitment to our
Media Arts & Literacy program

Our honorees include: 
Anne Lawrence
Program Officer
The Robert Bowne Foundation

Charlie Shayne
Retired Executive Director
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center

G. Oliver Koppell
Former NYC Councilman, District 11
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Montefiore Hospital's Grand Ballroom
107 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10467
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

$15 to attend.
Donations can be made on the website directly

This event is By Invitation Only!


The Knox Gates Neighborhood Association (KGNA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
 supported by private foundations, corporations, and individuals who value the power and
 promise of our youth and the difference that The COVE is making in our community. All 
contributions made to the Knox Gates Neighborhood Association/The COVE are tax
deductible to the full extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged in writing. 

What You Should Know

Editors Note: 
I do not agree or disagree with the following statement by State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. I will say that this campaign for Governor should have been a hands down victory in the Democratic Primary for Governor Andrew Cuomo, but the entire campaign has turned into a Walt Disney cartoon. Use your own imagination of which Disney character plays the real people.

What You Should Know
By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
32nd Senatorial District

Why Rob Astorino is My Candidate
You should know that on Tuesday, November 4th from 6AM – 9PM there will be a General Election in the State of New York.  You will have the chance to elect Members of the State Legislature, and a new Governor for the State of New York.  You should also know that I am supporting and voting for Rob Astorino, the Republican Candidate for Governor for the State of New York.

There are various reasons that compel me to ask you to support and vote for Rob Astorino for Governor – and not to support nor vote for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

You should know that I am supporting Rob Astorino for Governor because of his outstanding and firm position on life. I do not understand how there could be any minister or preacher of the Gospel or ANY Christian believer who would support Governor Andrew Cuomo when he publicly tells all how he is pushing for an agenda to promote abortion up to the 9th month - and open the door for partial-birth abortion.

Rob Astorino is a God-fearing person who has proven his ability to stand firm for life and protecting the unborn.  Rob Astorino is a strong supporter of family values and traditional marriage. Rob Astorino won’t compromise these principles to attract votes.
In Rob Astorino, we will have a Governor who will be open to all New Yorkers: Women, Men, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Gay, Straight, Religious, Atheists, Conservative, and Liberal.  He will never tell anyone they are not welcome in the State of New York.
Those are some of the reasons why I am supporting and voting for Rob Astorino for Governor.

For those of you who question me as a Democrat for crossing party lines at election time – especially when we as Democrats have been fighting for years to pass the DREAM Act, you should know that  Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to have it both ways and wants to blame the Republicans for not passing the DREAM Act.

My dear reader, I would like to remind you that in 2012 Governor Andrew Cuomo supported two Senate Republican candidates to keep the Republicans in control.  It was also Governor Andrew Cuomo who managed to create the Senate Independent Democratic Conference to keep the Republicans in control.  And this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo is supporting Republican Senator Mark Grisanti instead of his Democratic opponent to keep the Republicans in control.

Ladies and gentlemen, please join me on November 4th to send the greatest message we can by voting for Rob Astorino for Governor of the State of New York.

This is Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know. 

Bronx Community Board 7 Public Hearing

Community Board 7 will be having a Public Hearing regarding the ULURP Application for Library Lane, City Map Change (Application #: C 140282 MMX)

The details are as follows:

When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Time:  6:30 P.M
Where: Community Board #7 Office

229-A East 204th Street

Bronx, NY 10458

Should you have additional questions regarding this email, feel free to contact us at the number below.

Thank you.

Maria F. Baez
Community Associate
Community Board # 7
229-A East 204th Street
Bronx, New York 10458
Tel:          (718) 933-5650
Fax:         (718) 933-1829

Saturday, October 18, 2014


  Mr. Fernando Pinata of the Castle Hill Neighborhood Betterment Association leads a protest rally against a proposed Days Inn motel that the organization and elected official believe will turn into a 'Hot Sheet Motel'. Over 100 local residents, State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, and Community Board 9 Chair William Rivera joined the protest. 

Above - State Senator Jeff Klein talks about a new bill that he and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda have introduced for any new development of a hotel/motel in the Bronx to be required to go through a community review process before the community and local community board.
Right - Assemblyman Sepulveda adds to what Senator Klein said, and congratulates his neighbors and constituents for coming to the rally.

Left - Community activist Mr. Fernando Pinata thanks the elected officials for their help in getting a "Stop Work Order' on the site of a proposed Days Inn the community says will become a 'Hot Sheet Motel'. 
Below - Senator Klein and Assemblyman Sepulveda joined in on the march in front of the site.

Above - The Jet Set Hotel alleged to be a 'Hot Sheet Motel' was said to be owned by the developer of the Days Inn Motel on Bruckner Blvd.
Right - St. Barnabas Hospital is within two blocks of the Jet Set Hotel located on 3rd Avenue in the middle of many auto shops.

Bronx Chamber of Commerce Events and Bronx Builder Awards Dinner

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The Bronx Chamber of Commerce 
cordially invites you to join us for our upcoming events...

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Friday, October 17, 2014

What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
32nd Senatorial District

  Governor Andrew Cuomo's Private Plane 

You should know that this week, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo jetted off with his staff in a private plane to pander to leaders in Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Hispanic elected officials were not given the same courtesy treatment as his staff and and had to travel on a commercial plane.  The same is true for the Puerto Rican Hispanic elected officials traveling to Puerto Rico from New York to support Governor Andrew Cuomo.  No private plane - they all had to fly commercial like Cuomo and is staff traveled like royalty in his private plane. 

You should know that despite his many flaws, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg never relegated any elected officials who accompanied him to travel on commercial airlines while he flew in his private plane.  Those who traveled with Bloomberg were treated like family members.  

It is disgraceful that Governor Andrew Cuomo did not welcome New York Hispanic elected officials to join him and travel with him in his private plane as they went out of their way to demonstrate support for his campaign. 

Ladies and gentlemen, if this is how Governor Andrew Cuomo treats members of his political family, what more can the rest of us expect from him? 

This is Senator Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know.

Editors Note:  Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has endorsed Republican Rob Astorino for governor over the incumbent Democrat  Andrew Cuomo.