Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's My Park Day Big Success

    The Bedford Mosholu Community Association's "It's My Park Day" clean up of Mosholu Parkway between Webster and Hull Avenues was a huge success today. Dozens of volunteers were on hand to rake, paint, and plant the park like area used by hundreds of local people at almost any time of the year. BMCA President Barbara Stronzer was extremely pleased with the turnout, and all the work that was done to beautify the area. Ms. Stronzer is also the chairperson of Community Board #7's Parks and Recreation Committee. Even workers from the Foodtown supermarket (that burnt down last month) who live in the area came out to lend a hand. They hope to see the local community soon when their Foodtown supermarket is rebuilt into a larger and more modern store.

Friday, October 22, 2010


    Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced today that Gustavo Rivera, Democratic nominee for the State Senate in the 33rd District, will be joining the Kingsbridge Armory Task Force, effective immediately. 
    “Gustavo will bring an important perspective to this group, and I am happy that he has accepted my invitation to join the Kingsbridge Armory Task Force. I welcome his input on the redevelopment of this historic building,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
    “I look forward to working with Borough President Diaz and the other members of the Kingsbridge Armory Task Force on this important endeavor. I am resolved to making sure that we transform this structure into something that will be useful to the community, the Bronx and the entire city, and I am committed to working with my colleagues in government, labor and the private sector to make it happen,” said Gustavo Rivera.  The 33rd State Senate District includes the Kingsbridge Armory.   

Thursday, October 21, 2010


    Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced the appointment of Monica Major as his representative to the Panel for Education Policy (PEP), which holds approval power over the actions of the New York City Department of Education. 
    A Morris Park resident and lifelong Bronxite, Ms. Major is a former president of the Community Education Council of School District #11 (CEC), and served as its vice president until her appointment to the PEP. Prior to serving on CEC #11, Ms. Major was a member of the Parent Commission on Mayoral Control, a grassroots, parent-led organization that advocated on the issue of school control. In addition to currently serving as a member of the school leadership team at P.S. 121—The Throop School, Ms. Major is a lifelong advocate on education issues.
    Prior to being appointed to the PEP, Ms. Major had already worked with Borough President Diaz on issues such as increasing gifted and talented programs, school zoning, and ongoing issues regarding testing and student achievement.
    Ms. Major currently works as a software trainer and certified mediator with the New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
    “I have known Monica Major to be a fierce advocate for the needs of Bronx children since before I came to Borough Hall, and I am thrilled that she will now be a part of our team. We have a great deal of work to do to improve our borough’s public schools, and I know Monica will be a strong ally to both myself and the 1.4 million residents of the Bronx,” said Borough President Diaz.
    “I love advocating for both parents and students, and I look forward to helping our schools move forward and improving the education of children in the Bronx and throughout the City. I am proud to be working with Borough President Diaz to craft his education agenda, and I look forward to hearing from parents, educators, and the public over the next few months on what can be done to improve our public school system,” said Ms. Major.
    Ms. Major replaces Anna Santos, who stepped down from the PEP this week after having served admirably in that position since February 2009.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

81st Assembly Debate On For Wednesday Night October 27th

    Gary Axelbank will moderate the debate between between Republican challenger Joe McClaughlin and incumbent Democrat Jeff Dinowitz. The pre-recorded program will be broadcast on the evenings of Wednesday, October 27 - Friday October 29 beginning at 9:30pm on Bronxnet's Cablevision channel 67 and Verizon Fios channel 33.
     Next Monday evening October 25th, Bronx County democratic Committee Chairman Carl Heastie will be the guest. Now in its 17th year,  BronxTalk is seen live each Monday night at 9:00pm on Bronxnet's Cablevision channel 67. It's also on Verizon Fios channel 33 and streamed live at Hosted by Gary Axelbank and produced by Jane Folloro, BronxTalk is repeated each day at 9:30am, 3:30pm, and 9:00pm. Archives are available at; click "BronxTalk" on the right hand navigation bar.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Last Night's Governor Debate- "Three Ring Circus"
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     Andrew Cuomo of the Democratic, Independence, and Working Family lines- Carl Palidino of the Republican, and Conservative lines- Howie Hawkins Green candidate- Kristin Davis Anti Prohibition candidate- Warren Redlich Libertarian candidate - Charles Barrons Freedom candidate- and Jimmy Mcmillan Rent is To Damn High candidate squared off for a free or all candidates debate to be the governor of New York State last night. 
    On the first question Charles Barrons complained of the ethnic make up of the panel asking the questions, and didn't end there. Barrons said that Chancellor Joel Klein should be fired, Mayoral control ended, and that the MTA should be abolished. 
    Carl Palidino looking nervous (and getting up midway to go to the bathroom) wants to do away with the State Department of Education, and stop all the unfunded mandates on local school districts, but had no solution as to how to do it. 
    Warren Redlich the Libertarian candidate may of had the best line of the night saying "We need to stop wasting our tax money", to which the others agreed. 
    Andrew Cumo said that there are 10,500 governments in total in New York State with some needing to be merged to save money. 
    Kristin Davis wants to legalize marijuana and casino gambling, and had two good lines saying that Albany was full of whores and that she is probably the only person on stage who can deal with that. Davis also said that if the corporate tax is raised that companies will flee New York quicker than Carl Palidino at a gay bar. 
    Jimmy Mcmillan was a one topic candidate constantly repeating that "Rent is to Damn High" every time he spoke. 
    On the question of gay marriage Yes or No, Palidino said no, Barrons had no position, and the rest said yes to the question with Mcmillan adding if you want to marry a shoe I'll marry you.
    Cuomo and Palidino did not take any real shots at each during the debate, with the pot shots coming from the five other candidates. Cuomo was beat up for some of his questional contributions, and  Palidino for his conduct of the past few weeks.
    In closing statements Palidino said that he wants to lower income taxes 10%, a 20% cut to the state work force, term limits of 8 years, and real campaign reform. Cuomo said that we need to bring New York State to where it once was, and that he can do that. Cuomo was the only one to say "Go Yankees" during the debate in his closing statement.

Courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Service of NY, and The Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. 
Monday, October 25th, 2010
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
The Bronx County Building (Rotunda-1st Floor)  851 Grand Concourse (at E. 161st Street)
 RSVP REQUIRED: Please call 718-537-5268
Individuals 50 years of age and older or those 18 years of age and older who are at increased risk--including people affected by heart or lung diseases, diabetes or asthma--are encouraged to receive a flu shot.  

Monday, October 18, 2010

Joe McLaughlin for Assembly Town Hall Meeting

Due to Jeffrey Dinowitz’s backing out of a scheduled debate with Joe McLaughlin, the McLaughlin Campaign has decided to have a town hall meeting with the 81st district community. 
  V.F.W Hall - 3960 Orloff Avenue (between Van Cortlandt Avenue West and Gale Place – look for the American Eagles)  
THURSDAY OCTOBER 21 at 8PM (Doors open at 7:30pm)
The planned format will be a Question and Answer from any member of the community who attends.  Joe will open with a brief statement and proceed to address any questions or concerns the attendees have.
This Town Hall meeting is in response to Jeffrey Dinowitz’s refusal to confirm an invitation to debate at Manhattan College on October 26th after repeatedly giving that date as an open date to do so.  Joe McLaughlin continues his plan to take his message directly to the voters and give them a choice this November.
For more information please contact Bill Murphy at 201-320-7850 or 
Farmers Market & Family Fun Day!

Farmer’s Market, Local Vendors, Pumpkin Decorating, Bouncy Castle, Contests, Music, Bake Sale and much, much more!
Sponsored by Senator Jeff Klein, KRVC, PS 81, Community Board 8 and Riverdale Neighborhood House 
Sunday, October 24th from 11:00am-3:00pm
PS 81 & Riverdale Neighborhood House 
5550 Riverdale Avenue & 5521 Mosholu Avenue (along 256th Street).
Rain or Shine!
For further information, please contact Senator Klein’s office at (800) 822-2039 or contact Tracy Shelton, the Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Van Cortlandt Development Corp./KRVC's Executive Director, at 917-570-9027 or at