Saturday, November 7, 2015



By Robert Press

85 Percent

   85 percent was the number I said in my pre-election day column that Democratic Bronx District Attorney candidate Darcel Clark would need, and it was 85 percent of the vote  that Darcel Clark received as she glided to victory on as the new Bronx DA on election day. It was all smiles at the victory celebration that night after the  polls closed, but not everyone was at the Eastchester Manor to help celebrate the victory. Bronx Democratic County Leader Marcos Crespo was already in Puerto Rico as the Chairman of the Somos El Futuro convention that was to begin the next day. With the county leader was Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and several other Bronx elected officials, This however did not make the celebration of new Bronx DA Darcel Clark's victory any less as there were enough people including New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx Democratic County Committee Chair Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, Councilman Andy King (and his lovely wife), the winning team of Bronx County Judicial candidates and many district leaders. Check the blog archive for photos of the celebration.
    The trials of both former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former State Senate Leader Dean Skelos got underway this past week. If all go the U.S. Attorney's way I expect to see more indictments coming down, and it is not going to be pretty. 
    Speaking of something getting ugly, the 13th Congressional race is getting more ugly each day as more candidates are jumping into the race to succeed Charlie Rangel. Rangel has thrown his support behind Manhattan Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Keith Wright, but that has not stopped anyone from throwing their name into the race. As of now those in the race with Assemblyman Wright are former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell, State Senator Bill Perkins, Clyde Williams (candidate in 2014), State Senator Adriano Espailliat (candidate in 2012 and 2014), Manhattan Assemblyman Guillerrmo Linares, Susan Cook (former Clinton official), Mike Gallagher, and probably one or two more as the petition process begins next year. 
    The season of holiday parties will soon begin. and on Tuesday December 1st the North Bronx Democratic Club will be hosting its first holiday party at Maestros located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue from 6 - 9 PM. The Guest of Honor will be Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, with the Honorees to include NYC Corrections Union President Norman Seabrook, RAIN Founder Beatrice Castiglia Catullo, Bronx Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Metro Properties President Joseph Kelleher, and School District 11 Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter. You can call 347-256-8719 or email for more information on purchasing tickets, and/or to place a journal ad. The North Bronx Democratic Club is on Williamsbridge Road and is the club of State Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj. 
    Upcoming events include - 
   On Wednesday November 11th beginning at 11 AM there will be a Veterans Day Memorial at the Rudy Macina Peace Memorial Plaza located at the North corner of Williamsbridge Road and Pelham Parkway. 
   On Thursday November 12th there will be a Bronx borough Public Hearing on the proposed City Planning Commission Zoning for Quality and Affordability, and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Text Amendments at the Bronx County Building located at 851 Grand Concourse (at East 161st Street) Room 600 from 6 - 8 PM. 
   On Wednesday November 18th The Bronx Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Veteran's Brunch and Job & Resource Fair at Maestro's located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue. The veteran's Brunch will be at 10 AM with the Job and Resource Fair beginning at Noon. 
      On Thursday November 19th Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will be hosting his celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month at SALSA Con Fuego located at 2297 Cedar Avenue (between West Fordham Road and Landing Road next to the Deegan Highway) from 12 - 3 PM.  You can check this blog archive listing for October and November for more details on each upcoming event and more as they come in.
    I hope to be back in print in a few short weeks in a major new newspaper, but If you have any political information that you want to share or have checked out, any comments about this column, or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail us at or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.


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