Monday, April 30, 2018
As you see fire truck ladders on different sides of 3900 Greystone Avenue are checking the crawl space below the roof. This fire was localized to one top floor apartment which was devastated. The fire began in the kitchen area of the apartment according to the superintendent of the building. He said that he tried to put out the fire, but it was to much for him to extinguish. He then closed the front door on his way out of the apartment to call the fire department. Twenty fire trucks from as far away as Fordham Road responded to what became a two alarm blaze. Five ambulances were on hand also. The apartment was unoccupied at the time the fire started, and there will have to be a usual investigation by the arson squad to determine just how the fire started. more photos are below.
Above - The back of the building where the fire started suffered the most damage with part of the roof collapsing into the apartment.
Below - The front of the building suffered less damage as only the front window in the bedroom is broken.
Above - The DEP was called, probably to explain why the hydrant was leaking from the top. and was so low to the ground.
Below - You can see some of the emergency vehicles that were parked on Manhattan College Parkway and around the building on other streets.
Joint Statement by Councilmembers Justin Brannan, Steven Matteo, Joseph Borelli, Paul Vallone, Barry Grodenchik, and Mark Gjonaj on FY 2019 Executive Budget
“We are extremely disappointed that in the $89 billion budget Mayor de Blasio unveiled Thursday there is no property tax relief to help seniors, retirees, working and middle class families who are struggling to make ends meet, as their taxes have skyrocketed and their incomes have stagnated.
There also is no indication of how this administration intends to address the glaring inequities of a property tax system that charges the owner of a modest home in our districts more than the owner of a multi-million dollar brownstone in Park Slope.
We are all for making New York City more fair and that’s why we will continue to forcefully advocate for a property tax rebate throughout the budget negotiation process; homeowners in this city need property tax relief in a big way, and they need it now. I know we speak for just about every property owner in the five boroughs when we say, ‘C’mon man, give us a break!'”
AG Urges Stakeholders to Include Bid Enhancements to Compensate Victims, Protect Employees, and Not Reward Wrongdoers
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released an open letter to the various participants in the Weinstein Company bankruptcy cases, urging the stakeholders to use the sale process as an opportunity to ensure that survivors of past misconduct and current employees are protected. This open letter follows prior efforts by the Attorney General’s office to advance victim interests before and during the bankruptcy process.
“Our requests of each of the stakeholders are straightforward,” Attorney General Schneiderman wrote. “Bidders should propose bid enhancements that set aside financial resources to compensate and provide support services for injured employees and industry talent, both of whom are essential to the company’s future success. Bid enhancements also should include nonmonetary terms that protect future employees and contractors and avoid rewarding wrongdoers.”
In February, Attorney General Schneiderman filed a civil rights lawsuit against TWC, Harvey Weinstein, and Robert Weinstein, detailing a long pattern of sexual misconduct and repeated violations of New York law.
Since filing suit, Attorney General Schneiderman has sought to ensure that victims would be compensated, employees would be protected moving forward, and the perpetrators and enablers of the misconduct would not be unjustly enriched. As the letter notes, in March, Attorney General Schneiderman received express commitments from parties involved in a potential non-bankruptcy sale of TWC that those conditions would be addressed. While that purchase was ultimately not consummated for unrelated reasons, the Attorney General’s office has continued to work to advance those interests since the bankruptcy filing – engaging in the process in order to advocate for victims, including through victim representation on the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee.
In March, TWC agreed to release victims of and witnesses to sexual misconduct from non-disclosure agreements, a step the Attorney General’s office had long sought throughout his investigation and litigation. The Attorney General encourages anyone who would like to share their story as part of his investigation to contact his office at 212-416-8250.
Attorney General Schneiderman’s lawsuit remains active and investigation remains ongoing.
Cases of Interest for the Week of April 30, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Decision on Motions
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
FDNY paramedic charged with Sexual Abuse and other sex crimes for allegedly groping female patient he was transporting to a Bronx hospital.
Decision on Motions
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Charged with Rape and Robbery against a Bronx teacher in her Concourse Village apartment on April 13, 2018.
Friday, May 4, 2018
Charged with Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing $112,000 from a state-administered, federally funded grant designed to support after-school programs for middle school children.
To be sentenced after pleading guilty to a series of robberies targeting elderly women as as well as for jail house violence at Rikers Island.
Please note: All court proceedings are scheduled for after 9:30 a.m.
at 265 East 161st Street, the Hall of Justice, Bronx Supreme Court
unless otherwise specified.
MAYOR DE BLASIO HOLDS PUBLIC HEARINGS ON LEGISLATION AIMED AT REDUCING SEXUAL HARASSMENT, SIGNS LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING A CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION
Mayor de Blasio held public hearings for eleven pieces of legislation that aim to reduce workplace sexual harassment. Intro. 612-A requires annual anti-sexual harassment training at City agencies; Intro. 613-A requires assessing workplace risk factors associated with sexual harassment within City agencies; Intro. 614-A mandates information about sexual harassment to be made available online for public access; Intro. 630-Acreates an "Anti-Sexual Harassment Rights and Responsibilities" poster; Intro. 632-A mandates anti-sexual harassment training for private employers; Intro. 657-A expands sexual harassment protections to all employees;Intro. 660-A makes improvements to clarify and strengthen the City's Human Rights Law; Intro. 663-A changes the City's Human Rights Law statute of limitations for sexual harassment to three years; Intro. 664-A relates to climate surveys and action plans to combat sexual harassment; Intro. 653-A mandates annual reporting on workplace sexual harassment within City agencies and; Intro. 693 relates to the Division of Labor Services employment reports.
The Mayor also held a public hearing for and signed Intro. 241-B which establishes a charter revision commission. Appointments to the commission are authorized to be made by the Mayor, Speaker of the City Council, Public Advocate, Comptroller and Borough Presidents.
Cynthia Nixon joins striking graduate workers at Columbia University in their fight to secure a union contract.
Cynthia Nixon, Democratic Candidate for Governor, joined the weeklong strike and picket line at Columbia University. Nixon called on Columbia University to recognize the Graduate Workers Union and begin negotiating a union contract.
“I stand in solidarity with you today because I know that your story is part of a larger story in New York. New York has become the single most unequal state in the country,” Cynthia Nixon said. “But one of the most powerful ways to tackle systemic inequality and austerity is through joining a union.”
3,000 teaching and research assistants at Columbia University began a one week strike on Tuesday, April 24 to protest the university’s refusal to bargain with the graduate workers union. The strike comes nearly a year and a half after Columbia’s graduate workers voted overwhelmingly to unionize with the United Automobile Workers Local 2110.
“I’ve been a union member ever since I started my acting career,” said Nixon. “I know the power and importance of unions. A union for the graduate workers at Columbia would help many of them them fight back against cuts to their already low-salaries of nearly $30,000 a year. A union can help combat sexual harassment in the workplace and help workers gain dignity, respect, and power.
Trauma Team Saves the Life of Phillip Buffone
Few people can say they survived being hit by a train, especially after sustaining severe traumatic injury. But thanks to the Trauma Center team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, 36-year-old White Plains resident Phillip Buffone can, although he has no memory of it or the three weeks that followed.
On , Mr. Buffone was waiting for his train at the Yonkers Metro North station, when he became dizzy, fell to the tracks, and was hit by an oncoming train.
When EMS brought him to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, his injuries were so severe that his body appeared to have been nearly severed in half. Life-threatening lacerations extended laterally from his spine around to his front, exposing his intestines. He also had significant damage to his colon and small bowel, and sustained multiple rib fractures, leg fractures, and nerve damage to one arm.
“We rushed Mr. Buffone right to the OR,” said trauma team surgeon Dr. Srinivas Reddy, “and, contrary to what you might expect, closing the huge laceration that nearly divided him in two was not the first priority. Repairing the internal damage and preventing infection from all that was introduced to his body were priorities. So, we washed out his abdomen, reconstructed his small bowel, and removed a portion of his colon first. We also inserted a shunt to maintain blood flow down his badly damaged left leg to his foot. Following these repairs, we then undertook a complicated closure of the major lacerations. It wasn’t easy, and he required 25 units of blood to make it through the repairs. I’m still amazed he’s alive.”
Mr. Buffone would remain heavily sedated and on a ventilator for three weeks to minimize his movements, thereby preventing the complex reconstruction of his abdomen from falling apart. After being brought out of sedation, he spent an additional two weeks receiving rehabilitation in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, under the care of Drs. John Bliton and Zachary Sharfman.
“Once we got Mr. Buffone in the SICU, we worked to help him recuperate and stabilize his vital signs,” explained Dr. Bliton. “We were then able to support healing of the rib fractures and scheduled additional surgeries to fix the broken bones in his leg and return the blood supply to his left side extremities,” explained Dr. Bliton.
“The entire Surgical Intensive Care Unit got to know and care for Mr. Buffone,” said Dr. Sharfman. “He was intubated and sedated for approximately three weeks with an injury that few would survive. Once the breathing tube was removed and he woke up, we got to witness his miraculous recovery that the entire trauma surgery team, orthopaedic surgery team, plastic surgery team, and surgical intensive care unit fought so hard for.”
“The doctors and nurses at Jacobi were great,” said Mr. Buffone, who wanted to share the graphic photo of how he was brought in to credit those who saved him. “I was almost cut completely in half, and they saved my life. They actually taught me how to walk again. I can’t say enough about them.”
On November 2, 2017, Philip had recovered enough to be transferred for rehabilitation to a facility near his home, in White Plains, New York.
“The fact that Mr. Buffone was able to walk out of our doors and go to rehab is nothing short of a miracle,” said Dr. Reddy. “But this is the kind of work our trauma team trains for and stands ready to provide every single day. After some accidents, we literally are able to put people back together again.”
In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has thrown his support behind recent litigation filed on behalf of public housing tenants in New York City, which seeks to provide financial relief to New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) tenants who went without heat and/or hot water during this past winter. The borough president is also demanding that the administration back off its defense against the lawsuit and meet its legal and ethical requirements to its tenants.
“Landlords in New York City have a responsibly to their tenants to deliver basic services and amenities. NYCHA is no different than any other landlord, and should be treated as such,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Tenants that went without heat and hot water during a bitterly cold winter should be compensated with lower rent, and the city should not be fighting to ignore its financial responsibilities in court.”
The borough president’s letter comes in response to a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in State Supreme Court against NYCHA. The lawsuit demands that the agency issue rent abatements and immediate boiler repairs for residents who went without heat and hot water during the 2017 to 2018 “heat season” and, in particular, during the “bomb cyclone” winter cold spell that lasted from December 27, 2017 to January 16, 2018.
In his letter, Borough President Diaz notes that NYCHA broke both City and State law by failing to provide reliable heat and/or hot water to its tenants during that cold spell. Under the city’s Housing Maintenance Code, heat must be provided between and when temperatures fall below a certain degree. Additionally, the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law requires owners to provide both hot and cold water 24 hours a day.
“When housing is not habitable, there should be consequences. Fighting tooth and nail to avoid the legal requirements of the agency is wrong, and will only serve to further erode the reputation of NYCHA among its more than 400,000 residents, if not all New Yorkers,” wrote Borough President Diaz in the letter. “It is a matter of principle, ethics, and law--- these tenants deserve compensation that accounts for a lack of basic services.”
Read the full letter at https://on.nyc.gov/2r55Cwy.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Over 100 people came to the corner of West 238th Street and Waldo Avenue this morning by the Manhattan College Dorm. the reason was that picture hanging on the pole of a young Andrew Sandler. Andrew passed away a little over one year ago at the age of 31, but by that young age he forged his name into the community that the corner was renamed for him. Andrew began a career in politics starting as an intern for Congressman Eliot Engel. From there he went on to be a constituent aid for newly elected Councilman Oliver Koppell. Andrew Continued on with Koppell's replacement Councilman Andrew Cohen before applying for and receiving the approval of the members of Community Board 7 to be their new District Manager. The photos should tell the rest of the story.
Above - Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz speaks about how Andrew Sandler was the hero for people in need.
Below - Councilman Andrew Cohen holds a proclamation from the borough president pronouncing the day Andrew Sandler Day. Cohen also had nothing but praise for one of his best workers.
Above - Andrew's sister Stephanie speaks about how community and work orientated her brother was, as she point down the block where her brother lived.
Below - The cover comes off Andrew Sandler Way.
Above - There was a little snag in pulling the cover off the new sign, but that was probably Andrew Sandler holding it back as he was known for not wanting to be recognized for his hard work.
Below - The family is given a replica street sign, with local elected officials also in the photo.
With all the negative publicity that Manhattan College students get over what happens in and around the college dorms and apartments the students rent, there was a positive note this morning as these fine Manhattan College students did their part to clean up an area of the Henry Hudson Parkway on the Southbound side by the West 239th Street overpass.
Behind the students you can see the adopt a highway sign which has been adopted by Manhattan College. The bags of garbage in front of the students was what they cleaned away from the side of the road. It is great to see that these Manhattan college students care about the area where they are living.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a Chicago man with attempted carjacking for allegedly trying to take a vehicle at gunpoint on the city’s Near North Side.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Leader Of Bronx Gang “18 Park” Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison For Participation In Gang-Related Murders
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that one of the leaders of the violent Bronx gang known as “18 Park,” MARQUIS WRIGHT was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer to 35 years in prison for firearms offenses in connection with two murders that he helped to commit on behalf of the gang. WRIGHT, 30, had previously pled guilty to two counts of possessing and using firearms in connection with his role in the September 28, 2008, murder of Brandon Howard, 18, and the May 29, 2011, murder of Johnny Moore, 16. WRIGHT’s co-defendant, Jonathan Rodriguez, who also participated in the murder of Brandon Howard, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 24, 2018.