Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fundraiser for Hector Ramirez

Please join

Bronx Democratic Party Chairman, Assemblyman Carl Heastie
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
City Councilmember Fernando Cabrera
Friends of Ramirez
in honoring District Leader
Democratic Candidate for NYS 86th Assembly District
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 630 - 9:00 p.m.
2700 Jerome Avenue
(Between Kingsbridge Road & West 195st.) 
To RSVP, please call 646.208.3874, e-mail
Please note that this event is a fundraiser for candidate Hector Ramirez.

Senator Espada Visits Tolentine-Zeiser Senior Center

On Friday Jule 2nd Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. was greeted by seniors at the Tolentine-Zeiser Food Pantry as monies set aside by Senators Espada and Ruben Diaz Sr. once again saved the nine slated to be closed senior centers in the Bronx. Senator Espada joined in the singing and shook the maracas as he and the seniors celebrated. Senator Espada warned however that Governor Paterson is vetoing over 6,000 lines in the budget, as he held up an issue of the New York Post calling the budget full of pork. Espada added “do you call what you see here pork, or do you call it people”. The Tolentine-Zeiser senior center was founded by Sister Margret McDermott who is still the executive director 30 years later. 
Above are pictures of Senator Espada and Seniors from Tolentine-Zeiser senior center celebrating the center staying open.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Marble Hill Youthmarket 2010

OPENING July 8th at 2:00 PM, Bronx Community Board No. 8 (BXCB8) announces the much anticipated re-opening of the Marble Hill Youthmarket, an innovative program of GrowNYC which brings fresh food into underserved areas.   The market, located on West 225th Street between Broadway and Exterior Street, will operate on Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM through October 28th.  See info on our website: 
Opening day will have free giveaways including Free DOT bike helmets.
Bronx Community Board No. 8
5676 Riverdale Avenue, Suite 100
Bronx, New York 10471-2194
Tel: 718-884-3959   Fax: 718-796-2763


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

#1 Subway line to undergo major repair 6-2010 thru 6-2012

The Dyckman Street station on the #1 subway line will undergo major renovations that will close the station for ten months northbound and 10 months southbound. In addition for 14 weekends (to be announced) from 11:30 PM Friday night to 5AM Monday morning the #1 line will be shut down from 168th Street to 242nd Street. Northbound #1 riders will have to transfer at 168th Street to the A train to 207th Street, then board shuttle buses for stops to 242nd Street. Southbound #1 riders will have to board shuttle buses to the 207th Street A line stop and take the A train to 168th Street to catch the #1 train southbound. 
Regular weekday #1 service will bypass Dyckman street the side of construction in progress. Additional repair work consisting of no more than one months duration will occur at the W.207th Street, W.215th Street, W.225th Street, W.238th Street, and W. 242th Street stations. These stations will also be bypassed during construction as riders will have to come back on the other side to exit at the stations under construction with the exception of W.242thStreet.    
Work at the Dyckman Street station northbound will begin in September 2010 and continue through June 2011. Work southbound will begin July 2011 and continue thru June 2012. It was not announced as to when construction work will begin on the other five #1 stations. 
There was a meeting in Manhattan near the Dyckman Street station to inform local residents, and Councilman G. Oliver Koppell is seeking a meeting from the MTA to inform Bronx residents who use the #1 train of the construction work and service interruptions.

NYOFCO Sludge Fertilizer Plant Closes After 18 Years in Hunts Point

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is hailing the closure of the New York Organic Fertilizer Company (NYOFCO) plant in Hunts Point. Thanks to the closure, this will mark the first summer since 1992 that neighborhood residents will be able to spend time outdoors without being forced to deal with the noxious odors emanating from the sludge processing plant.
The plant, which has been processing human waste from New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) wastewater treatment plants into fertilizer pellets for the past 18 years, will begin to wind down operations this week.
“The closing of this plant has been a major priority of mine from the day I entered elected office,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Finally, we are able to declare victory in the fight against this environmental nuisance, and the residents of Hunts Point will be able to breathe easier at long last. This has been a long fight, but it was a fight worth having. A healthier Bronx is a top priority of my administration, and this is a major step towards that goal.”
The closing of the NYOFCO plant in Hunts Point heralds the era of a cleaner, greener Bronx, where the health and well-being of Bronxites is no longer compromised by incompetent industrial operations. However, while the exit of NYOFCO from the Hunts Point neighborhood is a cause for celebration, many are cautious about the fact that this turn of events will add truck traffic to the streets of Hunts Point, which are already overburdened with trucks traveling to and from this industrial neighborhood.