Saturday, May 8, 2021

239 Days and Counting, It's the Mayor's Birthday


Happy Birthday to me Mayor Bill de Blasio. That's where I want to go after I leave office, command the Starship Enterprise. My First Officer Kathryn Garcia is with me, she took command in any role I gave her. No this is not an endorsement of her, but where did the seven and a half years as your mayor go. Ruben can you beam me up to the Bronx Ball this year?

This is a photo from an empty Kingsbridge Armory, when it was turned into a food distribution center, with Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in charge of the task. It now looks like Mayor de Blasio needs some help. Someone call THRIVE NYC.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez - Small Business Commercial Lease Legal Workshop




We would like to invite you all to join our “Small Business 

Commercial Lease Legal Workshop” with Assemblywoman 

Nathalia Fernandez and Brooklyn Legal Service Corporation A.

We will be unpacking the legalities of commercial leases, provide 

resoruces small businesses have towards their landlords, & more!

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 11th

from 6:00 - 7:30pm VIA Zoom. 

Register with this link:

Best Regards,

New York State Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez

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Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State's Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic - May 7, 2021


Statewide Positivity Rate Drops to 1.22%—Lowest Since October 22

Statewide 7-Day Average Positivity Rate Drops to 1.53%—Lowest Since October 30; 32 Straight Days of Decline

Hospitalizations Drop to 2,264—Lowest Since November 17; Down 573 Over Past Week

ICU Patients Drop to 571—Lowest Since November 23

Intubations Drop to 354—Lowest Since November 30

25 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

"As the COVID-19 numbers improve and more residents get vaccinated, we're reopening our economy and getting New Yorkers back to work," Governor Cuomo said. "Our progress is a function of what New Yorkers do to slow the spread, so washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing remain important behaviors each of us can practice to keep everyone safe. We're also continuing to focus on making the vaccine more accessible, and that means expanding walk-ins and opening new pop-up sites to reach specific populations that have lower vaccination rates. New Yorkers have labored for a long time to get to the light at the end of the tunnel, and we need everyone to stay vigilant and keep working together so we can finally defeat this COVID beast for good."

Today's data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported - 194,988
  • Total Positive - 2,370
  • Percent Positive - 1.22%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive - 1.53%
  • Patient Hospitalization - 2,264 (-71)
  • Net Change Patient Hospitalization Past Week - -573
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 287
  • Number ICU - 571 (-34)
  • Number ICU with Intubation - 354 (-17)
  • Total Discharges - 177,665 (309)
  • Deaths - 25
  • Total Deaths - 42,211

Inefficiency at Police Headquarters and the Mayor's Press Office


Inefficiency at Police Headquarters and the Mayor's Press Office

By Robert Press

It's not every day, since the nearby stable was demolished to build an apartment building, that one can see mounted NYPD officers on Williamsbridge Road waiting for the traffic light at Pelham Parkway. The photo was taken on Thursday at 11 AM, and a simple call to the police department would answer a question of where did the mounted officers come from. It however is not that simple. A call to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, which members of the media must call, was answered that they did not know anything about that. 

It appears that the mounted police unit comes out of the Special Operations of the Police Department. Mounted Unit officers are normally assigned to patrol duties, but also play an important public relations role in police and community relations. The Mounted Unit is an effective crime deterrent and often is used for crowd control at demonstrations, protests, concerts, sporting events, and parades throughout the city.

A call Friday morning to the DCPI unit had the same answer: No answer. A call to the Mayor's Press department led to a recording which was of no help. The press unit must have taken Friday off as the mayor has done. If the mayor took the day off we might as well also. 

A closeup of one of the mounted police officers, showing his patch New York Police Department City of New York. Where did these mounted officers come from, and how often will they be patrolling the streets of the East Bronx? 

NYPD Announces Citywide Crime Statistics for April 2021 - Overall index crime in New York City rose 30.4% compared with April 2020,


For the month of April 2021, overall index crime in New York City rose 30.4% compared with April 2020, driven by a 66% increase in grand larceny (2,659 v. 1,601) and a 35.6% increase in felony assault (1,630 v. 1,202). Robbery saw a 28.6% increase compared to April 2020 (885 v. 688), and shooting incidents increased to 149 v. 56 in April 2020 (+166.1%). Burglary was the only index crime to post a reduction – down 26% (855 v. 1,155) in April 2021, compared to the previous year.

As the number of shooting incidents has climbed, so have the number of gun arrests made by NYPD officers. For the month of April 2021, there were 223 gun arrests citywide. This is an increase of 3.7% compared to April 2020, or + 8 arrests. As the court system returns to its usual operations, the NYPD will be working closely with its prosecutorial partners to bring a number of long-term investigations focused on the drivers of violence to a successful conclusion. Additionally, targeted patrols working in coordination with field intelligence officers and informed by ShotSpotter technology are all part of a larger effort to combat gun violence and its effects on victims.

“The NYPD is relentless in its mission to maintain public safety for all New Yorkers,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “The selfless work our officers carry out – day after day, night after night – is one important part of the entire criminal justice system’s process, a process where all pieces must work together to be wholly effective.”

Statistics on Index Crimes

 April 2021April 2020+/-%YTD 2021YTD 2020+/-%
Fel. Assault16301202+428+35.6%61795963+216+3.6%

240 Days and Counting


Thank God its Friday. I cut out my Friday morning briefing so I don't have to answer those reporter questions that I try to push off to my commissioners. I get a three day weekend, Charlene where are we going this weekend?

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Recovery for All of Us: Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health, The Jed Foundation, and Ogilvy Health launch “Let’s Talk NYC” campaign to support mental health of high school students


With students experiencing high level of mental health needs, new mental health training for teachers and school staff will begin this month 

Let’s Talk NYC, a new campaign to encourage high school students citywide to reach out to trained, trusted adults in their school communities to talk about mental health, and get support when they need it, was announced by the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, NYC Department of Education, NYC Health Department, The Jed Foundation, and Ogilvy Health. 


Beginning in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, the City is encouraging all high school teachers and staff to take new mental health training ahead of next school year to help them support student mental health in a time of serious need.   


"Our young people need and deserve the warmest of welcomes as they return to the classroom. The 'Let's Talk' campaign will remind every student that their emotional well-being is a priority and it is okay to need help," said First Lady Chirlane McCray. "Now, teachers, cafeteria staff, administrators, coaches and other adults in the school community, who are already seen as trusted adults, will have the training and tools to serve as mental health allies. All this support will help our children emerge from this crisis stronger and healthier."  


The Let's Talk NYC campaign - a partnership of the new Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health, the NYC Department of Education (DOE), the NYC Health Department (DOHMH), The Jed Foundation, and Ogilvy Health - will reach young people following a year of unimaginable stress. Many have experienced trauma, loss, uncertainty, and social isolation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic began, 30 percent of high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless for more than two weeks at a time (source). The new training will help equip teachers and staff to have supportive conversations about mental health with students, identify student needs, connect students to services and resources, navigate the referral process, and also take care of their own mental health. Once they complete the training, teachers and staff will receive physical and digital badges so students know they’ve been trained.  During the summer, the City will be encouraging teachers to take the training so that they are trained in time for the start of the school year in the fall. 


The campaign has been developed and strengthened with student and school staff input. The 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Student Advisory Council first recommended a mental health awareness campaign complete with teacher and staff training and an accompanying badge. Through the pilot phase of the initiative, approximately 260 teachers and school staff have been trained and provided feedback.  


Beginning this fall, posters and other media created by Ogilvy will encourage students to reach out to trained, trusted adults in their school. 


“With so many students experiencing mental health challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to equip the adults they trust – teachers, coaches, aides, and other school staff – with the skills they need to have conversations that can make a difference,” said Susan Herman, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health. “We’re grateful to our partners at the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Health Department, The Jed Foundation and Ogilvy Health for bringing this new mental health training to teachers and school staff - so we can work toward a City where every student, in every high school, has someone to talk to about what they’re going through and where they can find support.” 


“We know that a strong recovery from this crisis begins when every student has a caring adult they can speak to and confide in when they are struggling,” said Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter. “Our incredible educators and school staff engage in these important conversations every day, and this training will provide them with even more tools for having supportive conversations, identifying student needs, and knowing when to refer a student to a mental health professional.” 


"The pandemic has had impact on all of our mental health, but youth have experienced the COVID crisis in unique and profound ways," said Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. "The Department of Health is proud to partner on this important campaign to address students' mental health, and help equip staff and teachers with the tools they need to support them."  


"The Let's Talk NYC campaign is especially poignant this year as we continue to address the emotional toll of a global pandemic on students and teachers," said John MacPhee, executive director and CEO of The Jed Foundation. "We're thrilled to partner on this campaign that will better equip teachers and staff to meet both the mental health needs of their students as well as of themselves."     


“With all the added pressures on our students during this last year or so, there has never been a more important time to find ways to help normalize the idea that reaching out for help is okay,” said Kate Cronin, Global CEO, Ogilvy Health. “This initiative offers important resources to students who might not otherwise have access to them. We’re so pleased Ogilvy Health could play a part in such a meaningful, and potentially life-changing, effort.”  

Mental health support is available for every NYC public school student. As we work toward a recovery for all of us, the City has announced major expansions of mental health supports in schools. Many students have difficulty talking about their mental health challenges, and having trusted, visibly-trained adults in their schools can help make them feel comfortable enough to ask for help. Teachers and school staff – who have also experienced high levels of stress and trauma throughout the COVID-19 pandemic - will also learn to better understand and take care of their own mental health needs through the training.