By Robert Press
Who Is Going To Be Next?
Our headline seems to be the next question in Albany, and everyone is trying to guess who is going to be next target of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's? There are some who say that it will be Governor Andrew Cuomo for a variety of reasons, which include shutting down the Mooreland Commission, or finding out just where the Buffalo Billion dollars has gone. Then there are those who say the U. S. Attorney is coming after the borough county organizations, and it makes no matter if it is Republican or Democrat. The Bronx has not been exempt from recent scandals involving elected officials, and maybe the next one to be indicted will come from the Bronx. After all Sheldon Silver came from Manhattan, while Dean Skelos came from Long Island. I would hope that the next target of the U.S. Attorney is far far away from the Bronx, somewhere like at the Canadian border.
While the Silver and Skelos trials went on it was Menorah lighting, Christmas tree lighting, or just plain ole partying time here in the Bronx. You can check my blog at www.100percentbronx.blogspot.
com for some photos of the events that I attended. I may have missed some, but even I could not be at two or even three places at once.
As we say Merry Christmas and Good Bye less than a week later to soon to be former Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, the field is getting ready to jump into her not yet empty seat. The special election should fall out on the same day of the Presidential primary date, if there is to be one in New York. It looks like there should be at least a Republican primary for President, since it should take the very last day before the Republican convention (and several ballots) before we know just who Republicans have chosen as their candidate. On the Democratic side it looks like if Bernie Sanders does not do well in the first few primaries we can say see good bye to him. Personally I want to see a Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump race for the White House so comic Larry David (a spitting image of Bernie Sanders) can revive his role on Saturday Night Live. Without Donald Trump in the race it will be a much more boring race, as you never know what the Donald is going to say next. Many think even Donald Trump himself does not know what he is going to say next.
Word coming in from the spies in the Jose Rivera camp is that since I have said that he is not going to run next year, that Assemblyman Jose Rivera will try to spite me by running for his 78th A.D. seat once more. Jose is holding a fundraiser Thursday night on City Island, and I may just drop by to wish him well. Maybe he figures that with a female candidate running that daughter Naomi has no chance of winning. However Jose what about another male candidate such as Ricky Martinez running who might just give the edge to the female candidate. Or maybe Jose looked hard at what son Joel did as a councilman and as the council majority whip for 12 years. My advice to Jose Rivera is to go on vacation with Adam Powell after he looses to Keith Wright, and check out those who are on your secret videos again.
Did Mayor Bill deBlasio learn anything when he stepped into a cross walk coming somewhat close to being hit by a truck whose driver was given thirteen violations ranging from driving without a proper driver's license to who knows what else? You need more police officers on the street to give out moving violations. Also you need to bring back the old 'cross at the corner and not in between' campaign to smarten up pedestrians, not to leave out the few bad cyclist who run red lights, stop signs, and into people. What would the mayor have done if he was hit by someone on a bicycle?
That is all for now as it is good to be back in print, but do check my blog for updates on what you may read in this column, new items that may have come in after my deadline, and to see the photos of the events that took place.
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