Monday, January 24, 2022



 In a recent real-estate transaction, KZA Realty Group has secured the 5-year lease of medical space in the Throgs Neck portion of the Bronx. The space, which is located inside a 2-story commercial building facing Tremont Avenue, will be an extension of Triborough GI, PLLC; a multi-borough gastroenterologist office that offers medical services for underlying and existing digestive issues.

Kathy Zamechansky, President of KZA Realty Group Inc., represented both the owner and tenant during December’s negotiation of the 5-year lease at 3594 East Tremont Avenue. The 3,200 sq. ft. of leased space is located on the lower level of the 2-story building and faces the populated street of Tremont Avenue in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. The lease, which commenced on December 15, 2021, will be rented at a rate of $74,000 per year with the option to renew for an additional 5-year period.

“One of the main problems we saw during the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak was the prioritization of virus-related cases over other chronic conditions. Because of this, many patients with underlying health conditions were unable to receive care, which is why it’s so important to have businesses like Triborough GI, PLLC join our community” said Kathy Zamechansky of KZA Realty. “We are excited to see them expand into the many boroughs of New York and are hopeful that their services will be of use to patients residing in the Bronx.”

Triborough GI, PLLC is a leading New York-based gastroenterology clinic focused on alleviating stomach and intestinal pain. They offer a range of state-of-the-art services, including colonoscopies, endoscopies, and biopsies, to help patients identify and treat stomach conditions that can be difficult to diagnose. The gastroenterology group has three other facilities located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and currently staffs five doctors who provide care to patients of all cultural backgrounds.

Located in the south-eastern portion of the Bronx, Throgs Neck is a family-friendly community that maintains a suburban feel while still remaining part of New York City. The neighborhood is known for many small businesses in the area, including restaurants, drug stores and plenty of office space that can be found on the busy street of Tremont Avenue. Access to public transportation is nearby, including bus routes for the Bx42 and BxM9, as well as the #6 train found on Westchester Avenue & Middletown Road.



Shootout Between Defendant and Officers Left Both Cops Wounded

 Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been indicted for Attempted Murder in the first degree and additional charges for opening fire at two NYPD Officers last November.

 District Attorney Clark said, “Two uniformed NYPD Police Officers approached the defendant after responding to a 911 call about a man with a gun. The defendant allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired multiple shots at the Officers, and one of them returned fire, wounding the defendant. During the incident, one Officer was wounded in the arm and the other was wounded in the chest. Thankfully, the injuries the Officers sustained were not life-threatening and they are expected to fully recover.”

 District Attorney Clark said Charlie Vasquez, 23, of Featherbed Lane, was arraigned today on two counts of Attempted Murder in the first degree, two counts of Attempted Murder in the second degree, two counts of Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, two counts of Attempted Assault in the first degree, two counts of second-degree Assault, first-degree Criminal Use of a Firearm, second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, and second-degree Obstructing Governmental Administration before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Albert Lorenzo. Remand was continued and the defendant is due back in court on April 22, 2022.

 According to the investigation, on November 24, 2021, at approximately 8:06 p.m., uniformed NYPD Police Officers Robert Holmes and Alejandra Jacobs of the 48th Precinct, responded to a 911 call about a man with a gun at 2405 Beaumont Avenue. When they got to the location, they approached Vasquez, who was sitting on the stoop. The defendant allegedly took out a pistol and fired six shots at the cops, wounding Officer Jacobs in the arm. Officer Holmes struggled with the defendant in attempt to restrain him, and Officer Jacobs shot at the defendant. Two other Police Officers responding to the scene rushed to the wounded cops’ aid and assisted in restraining Vasquez. During the exchange of gunfire, Officer Holmes was shot once in the chest. The Officers were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released. The defendant was shot several times and is expected to make a full recovery.

 District Attorney Clark also thanked Captain Eileen Downing, Lieutenant Anthony Corrado, Sergeant Bruno Pomponio, Detective Nathaniel Jeffers and Detective Jonathan Bradlin, all of the Force Investigations Division; as well as Detective Matthew Janisch of the NYPD Crime Scene Unit, for their assistance.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress Combating COVID-19 - JANUARY 24, 2022


Cases Per 100k (7-Day Average) Declining in All Regions

Total COVID-19 Hospitalizations Decreased by Nearly 2,000 Over Past Week

133 COVID-19 Deaths Statewide Yesterday

 Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress combating COVID-19.    

"Our hard work to bring down the numbers during the winter surge is paying off, but we are not through this yet," Governor Hochul said. "Let's keep using the tools - the vaccine, booster and masks - that will help slow the spread of this virus, protect our families, and keep our schools and businesses open."    

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported – 143,388
  • Total Positive – 12,259
  • Percent Positive – 8.55%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 10.00%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 9,798 (-49)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 927
  • Patients in ICU – 1479 (+22)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 838 (-7)
  • Total Discharges – 265,172 (+904)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 133
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 51,987

The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only.     

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 64,872  

This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings.     

  • Total vaccine doses administered – 35,507,187
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 40,547
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 473,583
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 90.6%   
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 81.7%   
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 95.0%   
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 84.2%   
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 79.8%   
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 71.4%   
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 87.0%   
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 73.6% 

Attorney General James Announces $600,000 Agreement with EyeMed After 2020 Data Breach


New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced a $600,000 agreement with EyeMed that resolves a 2020 data breach that compromised the personal information of approximately 2.1 million consumers nationwide, including 98,632 in New York state. EyeMed — which provides vision benefits to members of vision plans offered by both licensed underwriters and employers — experienced a data breach in which attackers gained access to an EyeMed email account with sensitive customer information. The compromised information included consumers’ names, mailing addresses, Social Security numbers, identification numbers for health and vision insurance accounts, medical diagnoses and conditions, and medical treatment information. The intrusion permitted the attacker access to emails and attachments with sensitive customer information dating back six years prior to the attack. 

“New Yorkers should have every assurance that their personal health information will remain private and protected,” said Attorney General James. “EyeMed betrayed that trust by failing to keep an eye on its own security system, which in turn compromised the personal information of millions of individuals. Let this agreement signal our continued commitment to holding companies accountable and ensuring that they are looking out for New Yorkers’ best interest. My office continues to actively monitor the state for any potential violations, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers and their personal information.”

Background on the Attack

In June 2020, attacker(s) gained access to an EyeMed email account, which was used by EyeMed clients to provide sensitive consumer data in connection with vision benefits enrollment and coverage. The intrusion, which lasted approximately a week, granted the attacker the ability to view emails and attachments dating back six years, including consumers’ names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and insurance account numbers.

In July 2020, the attacker sent approximately 2,000 phishing emails from the compromised email account to EyeMed clients, seeking login credentials for their accounts. EyeMed’s IT department noticed the phishing emails and also received inquiries from clients about these emails. EyeMed then blocked the attacker’s access to its system and began investigating the intrusion.

In September 2020, the company began notifying affected consumers whose personal information was compromised during the breach. With the notification, the company offered affected customers with identity theft protection services. The Office of the Attorney General determined that, at the time of the attack, EyeMed had failed to implement multifactor authentication (MFA) for the affected email account, despite the fact that the account was accessible via a web browser and contained a large volume of consumers’ sensitive personal information. Additionally, EyeMed failed to adequately implement sufficient password management requirements for the enrollment email account given that it was accessible via a web browser and contained a large volume of sensitive personal information. The company also failed to maintain adequate logging of its email accounts, which made it difficult to investigate security incidents.

In total, the breach affected approximately 2.1 million U.S. residents, including 98,632 in New York.

Terms of the Agreement

As part of the agreement, EyeMed is required to enact a series of measures to protect consumers’ personal information from cyberattacks in the future, including:

·        Maintaining a comprehensive information security program that includes regular updates to keep pace with changes in technology and security threats, as well as regularly reporting to the company's leadership any security risks;

·        Maintaining reasonable account management and authentication, including requiring the use of multi-factor authentication for all administrative or remote access accounts, and reviewing such safeguards annually;

·        Encrypting sensitive consumer information that it collects, stores, transmits and/or maintains;

·        Conducting a reasonable penetration testing program designed to identify, assess, and remediate security vulnerabilities within the EyeMed network;

·        Implementing and maintaining appropriate logging and monitoring of network activity that are accessible for a period of at least 90 days and stored for at least one year from the date the activity was logged; and

·        Permanently deleting consumers’ personal information when there is no reasonable business or legal purpose to retain it.

EyeMed has also agreed to pay the state of New York $600,000 in penalties.

Statement from NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy on the So-Called “Independent” Redistricting Commission’s Abdication of Their Duties


January 24, 2022

“This commission has been a sham since day one when Democrats totally co-opted the process. They made clear they had no interest in working in a bipartisan manner to draw lines that were in the best interest of New Yorkers. It’s painfully obvious that their crooked plan was always to sabotage the work of the commission and put the power back in the hands of Democrat leaders in the legislature who are starving for even more power. We’re looking at all our legal options.” 

NYIC Action - NY’s Redistricting Commission Failed, Is Albany Ready to Produce Fair District Maps?


Albany Legislators Solely Responsible for Creating Fair and Representative Maps 

 This morning, the NY Independent Redistricting Commission announced it would not meet the January 25 deadline to send a final set of proposed district maps to the NYS legislature. Earlier this month, Albany legislators voted down the two sets of maps the Commission unveiled. The maps detail New York’s congressional and state legislative districts. With the Democrats holding a very narrow majority in the US House of Representatives, these maps will have a national impact. 

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director of NYIC Action, issued the following statement:

“It is absurd that the Independent Redistricting Commission failed in its fundamental mission. We worked too hard to ensure our immigrant communities were counted in the 2020 Census to accept the status quo regarding redistricting and community representation. Albany lawmakers must use the public input submitted to the Commission and deliver fair maps. Immigrants and communities across New York State deserve fair districts, and this is our one chance to get them this decade. Rather than draw partisan maps whose sole purpose is to protect incumbents, as in the past, our State Legislature must deliver for New Yorkers and draw maps that protect minority voting rights and ensure fair representation for all. We call on them to use all public input submitted to the Commission and to hold a hearing for public comment after their maps are drawn and before the vote.”   


NYIC Action is the lead facilitator of the Mapping Our Future campaign, a statewide coalition of 100+ grassroots organizations engaged in sustained and sophisticated political advocacy to protect immigrants and communities of colors’ power in the redistricting process.

State Senator Gustavo Rivera - Tomorrow: Cannabis Licensing Event



Join the Bronx Defenders tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, to learn about the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which provides opportunities for people impacted by the legal system to become entrepreneurs in the legal cannabis industry. During this briefing, you will learn about the steps necessary to break into the industry and how to prepare in advance to obtain a license in 2023. 

The featured speaker, Elizabeth Kase Esq., co-chair of the Cannabis Law Practice Group at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, along with Bronx Defenders Eli Northrup, Policy Counsel, and Babatunde Aremu, Employment and Licensing Counsel, will walk you through the Roadmap to Cannabis Licensing in New York. 

If you are interested in the cannabis economy, register

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, Brittany McCoy ( or Eli Northrup (

I hope this information is useful to you! My team is available if you need assistance by contacting 718-933-2034 or


Gustavo Rivera
New York State Senator
33rd District, The Bronx