Friday, May 27, 2016

Overdevelopment, an Example - 640 West 238th Street

   The problem with overdevelopment is that the open green spaces where there was once grass are covered over by cement, and the once beautiful shade trees are cut down by developers who want to build on every inch of the property which they have purchased. That one family home on a decent sized lot is torn down to build an apartment building such as the proposed eight story building for the address of 640 West 238th Street where a one family home once stood. This eight story apartment building will be built to the property line leaving a cement sidewalk as the only space in front of the building where a grass yard once was. As for the apartment building on the Independence Avenue side (the Bonnie House) the A line of that building was built to the property line, which means the windows that once overlooked a one family house will now be smack up against a cement wall. Don't worry the developer of 640 West 238th Street is going to brick up those windows so it will seem as though they never existed. Air conditioners will have to be removed, and there will be no ventilation from the east side anymore. Since the Bonnie house is a coop building the apartments mostly has dropped in value, especially the value of the apartments in the A line of the building. As for being a good neighbor the photos below will show just how little respect the developer of 640 West 238th Street has for the community, as the heavy, large demolition and construction vehicles have ruined the street, with no regard for the island in the middle of the block, placed construction equipment on sidewalks around the corner, blocked the one fire hydrant at the Independence Avenue side of West 238th Street, and how the trucks run up onto the sidewalk or island in the middle because they were just to large for the construction area. While I do not have a photo of a construction truck hitting the fire hydrant there are cracks in the sidewalk, and you can see just how careful workers were after I noticed the cracks. Oh by the way did I forget to say that the developer told the community board that all vehicles would load/unload on site, and that there would be flagmen at both sides when trucks arrived or left the site, see if you can spot them in the photos. 

Above - This driver has the gall to pose on his truck as it sits at the edge of the island that he just went onto.
Below - After my complaints that construction trucks were going onto the island this orange fencing was put up by the developer, but apparently to no avail as you can see its conditionand where this truck is.

Above - Notice this piece of heavy equipment with its large metal cleats.
Below - Notice what those metal cleats and weight of the equipment did to the street and patch after other heavy equipment tore up the street.

Above - A piece of heavy equipment (a back hoe) sits on West 238th Street in front of the fire hydrant.
Below - Another piece of equipment sits by the hydrant, blocking fire department access if there was an emergency. Notice the cracks in the sidewalk around the hydrant.

Above - A smaller piece of construction sits partly on the side walk around the corner on Independence Avenue.
Below This truck comes nowhere near fitting into the construction site, and where are the flag people?

Above - One dump truck sits in front of the hydrant while anothe loads dirt from the site. Flagman anywhere? You can also see some of the windows of the bonnie house that will be bricked over so the view is not of a brick wall.
Below - A truck blocks the entrance to West 238th Street as another is on site, and a flatbed truck is double parked across from it on Independence Avenue to take away the piece of equipment which was partially parked on the sidewalk. Mind you this is right before dismissal of the two schools one block away.

Above and Below - This oversized truck has to go onto the sidewalk of the wrong side of the island narrowly missing the light pole as a child nears. I don't see anyone guiding this truck which is picking up a piece of heavy equipment.

Above - A close up of just how close this truck came to knocking down the light pole.
Below - The heavy piece of construction equipment has to be loaded around the corner on Blackstone Avenue. You can see that this piece of heavy construction equipment is to big for the trailer, and it is a good thing that it did not fall off. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz who lives just to the left was not home, while this was going on.

Above - A hose was connected to the fire hydrant to clean out the cement trucks that dropped their load for the foundation.
Below - If I didn't complain this is how the street would have been left.

Speaking of the cement poured for the foundation -Why was this 'STOP WORK ORDER' posted for 640 West 238th Street the Monday after a New York City Buildings Department worker took samples of the cement used for the foundation the previous Friday? 

Senator Jeff Klein to Hosts Senior Citizen Prom at Hebrew Home of Riverdale Riverwalk

State Senator Jeff Klein, in partnership with Hebrew Home at Riverdale Kingsbridge Riverdale Van Cortlandt Parkway, hosted Riverdale’s first-ever Senior Citizen Prom yesterday.
Senior citizens throughout Riverdale enjoyed a “New York, New York”-themed senior prom. There was live music, delicious food, and even dancing by most of the attendees.

Above - State Senator Jeff Klein (left), and Mr. Dan Reingold President and CEO of the Hebrew Home of Riverdale (right) welcomed everyone to the first Senior Prom at the Hebrew Home of Riverdale. 
Below - Senator Klein draws the name of the king of the Senior Prom, after Mr. Drew the name of the Queen of the Senior Prom.

Above - The King with Senator Klein, and the Queen with Hebrew Home CEO Dan Reingold.
Below - It did not take long for the joint to begin jumping.

While I could not get a good photo of Senator Klein dancing, Here is one of Hebrew Home CEO Dan Reingold.

Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Host 4th Annual Bronx Day in Albany

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Pictured above - Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Borough President Ruben Diaz, State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, along with the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, The Bronx Tourism Council, and Bronx Chamber of Commerce hosted the 4th Annual Bronx Day on Tuesday at The Egg - The Hart Theater Lounge, Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York.

“Bronx Day is a great opportunity to showcase the culture, businesses, and outstanding organizations that make The Bronx such a unique and wonderful part of New York. This is a chance to bring a small taste of The Bronx up to our Capitol in Albany. I am happy to co-sponsor this event with Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., as we celebrate our borough and its rich cultural fabric,” said State Senator Jeff Klein.

“Great things are happening in The Bronx, and ‘Bronx Day’ is a wonderful way to highlight our achievements to the New York State Legislature. On Tuesday, we showcased the ‘Best of The Bronx’ with the participation of our businesses, restaurants and cultural institutions. I am proud to once again partner with Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj and State Senator Jeff Klein on this fantastic event,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

“I am very excited to be able to host Bronx Day in Albany once again! As usual, we bring the best of the Bronx to Albany to highlight the wonderful organizations, businesses, cuisines and entertainment that our borough is proud to exhibit,” said Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj.

The celebration commenced with a cannoli-tasting contest, won by the famous Artuso’s Bakery, and a raffle with a 2015 Jeep Renegade grand prize. After the luncheon, hundreds of attendees enjoyed an evening dinner, where they sampled Italian delicacies from Little Italy and Arthur Avenue restaurants, all while being serenaded by vocalist Elio Scaccio and the band the Jumpin’ Dragons.

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park - Picnic Supper & Concert


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Join us as we Celebrate and Honor

Franklin Vagnone
The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund
NYC Councilman Andrew Cohen

Our guests will enjoy:
Round-trip transportation from Manhattan
Free parking at Manhattan College (location is easily accessible by public transportation too)
Picnic Supper with Libations under a tent at Van Cortlandt House Museum
Reserved V.I.P. seating on chairs for the New York Philharmonic Concert on the Parade Ground
*** New This Year: Musicians will be playing under our tent during our supper***

Special Thank You to Our Sponsors to Date


Carter, Ledyard and Milburn
Manhattan College
Felicity Nitz
Christopher Rizzo

Richard & Sue Baldwin
Linda Cox & John Robinson
Kyle Kimball
Kingsbridge Associates LLC
Mrs. & Mrs. Jody Klein
Lehman College
Lemle & Wolff Inc.
Charles McKinney
Ridgewood Savings Bank
David Steinberger & Dara Caponigro

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Bronx Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business & Health Expo


State Senator David Carluci Birthday Bash Wed. June 29th


Thursday, May 26, 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Pharmacy That Billed Medicaid For 4,600 Prescriptions Written By Excluded Provider

Pharmacy To Pay $478K In Restitution And Damages 
Schneiderman: My Office Will Continue Working To Root Out Medicaid Fraud And Recover Unlawfully Claimed Funds
    Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office has entered into a settlement agreement with Vascuscript, Inc., d/b/a Mobile Pharmacy Solutions, to resolve allegations that it billed Medicaid for prescriptions which were written by an excluded Medicaid Provider.
“When Medicaid payment is obtained for prescriptions ordered by an excluded Medicaid Provider, New York tax dollars are spent on services which are ineligible for such payment,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office will continue working to root out Medicaid fraud and recover unlawfully claimed funds, so that Medicaid can continue providing critical services for those in need.”
The Attorney General’s investigation determined that from April 21, 2010, through January 25, 2013, Vascuscript, Inc. submitted and received payment on approximately 4,600 claims to Medicaid for prescriptions that were written by Dr. Mikhail Strutsovskiy. The Department of Health had previously excluded Dr. Strutsovskiy from the Medicaid program, rendering prescriptions written by him ineligible for Medicaid reimbursement.  Before filling a prescription, pharmacies are required under Medicaid billing rules to first ascertain whether the prescriber’s services are eligible for reimbursement.  Because Vascuscript did not do so, it filled and delivered the prescriptions written by Dr. Strutsovskiy that were not eligible for Medicaid reimbursement.   
As a result of the Attorney General’s settlement with Vascuscript, Inc, the pharmacy will pay New York State $442,000 plus $36,000 in damages pursuant to the New York False Claims Act.