Friday, December 3, 2010

Croton Facility Monitoring Committee Meeting

    Wednesday December 15th at 7PM in the DEP community office 3660 Jerome Avenue is the next meeting of the CFMC. The agenda includes a brief update by DEP on M/WBE subcontracts of Schiavone & Skanska. A construction update and report on a recent smoke condition at the Jerome Park Reservoir & status of the forve main. Public acess to JPR and schedule for the next meeting.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Senator Klein Celebrates 1st Night Of Hanukkah With Bronx Seniors
    On Wednesday, December 1st, State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) held his 17th Annual Menorah lighting ceremony at the Bronx House in Pelham Parkway to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Rabbi Izzy Greenberg joined Senator Klein along with dozens of Bronx seniors to kick-off “The Festival Of Lights.”
    "When we celebrate Hanukkah, we celebrate miracles and wonder and are reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a community where we can prosper and raise our families safely and in peace,” said State Senator Jeff Klein
    Rabbi Greenberg led the ceremony with the traditional Hanukkah prayer and blessing which was followed by the lighting of the first candle of the Menorah. Seniors enjoyed kosher snacks and refreshments provided by Senator Klein.
Senate Democrats Reelect Sampson as Leader

    With two State Senate seats still undecided, and a best case scenario of a 31-31 tie in the State Senate Democrats reelected Brooklyn Senator John Sampson as their Conference Leader. The State Senate is currently 31-29 in favor of the Republicans, with the two seats likely to go one to each side giving the Republicans back control of the State Senate 32-30.    
    This despite the fact that as I predicted Democrats would pick up three new seats in the State Senate which they did. Tony Avella won in Queens, David Carlucci in Hudson Valley, and Tim Kennedy in Buffalo, but Democrats  lost five other seats under John Sampson's leadership as they should go back into the minority in the State Senate by 32-30.    
    It was Senator Sampson, who was one of the people named in the investigation of the Aqueduct Racino, in a bid to put slot machines in the race track by a failed bidder that was reported to have been favored.
    So will end the Democratic control of the State Senate, unless a miracle happens that Democrats win both seats still contested resulting in a tie, give the tie breaking votes to the new Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thompson Ends Senate Race, and
Democrats Hope of Majority in State Senate

   Current Democratic Senator Antoine M. Thompson officially conceded today to his Democrat turned Republican opponent Mark Grisanti. This now means that the Republicans have a 31 to 29 lead on Democrats in the State Senate with two seats left to finish recounting. It looks like the best case scenario for Democrats would be a 31-31 tie. In that case the tie breaking vote would come from newly elected Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.
   In the Westchester race incumbent Suzy Oppenheimer should be able to stay ahead of her Republican opponent, while on Long Island incumbent Senator Craig Johnson trail Republican Jack Martins. Democratic hopes are that even if when all the votes are counted, that a recount of the paper ballots will give the win to Johnson. The hope could be that if voters filled in more than one circle on their ballot that there was a foul up in the machine as to alter the actual voter count, thus a full ballot hand recount would give Democrat Johnson the win.
Upcoming Events

1.- Bronx Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony
  Monday, December 6 ---      1:30 p.m.
  Bronx County Building 851 Grand Concourse 
  To RSVP, please call 718-590-3989
   Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days.  

2.- Bronx Annual Christmas  Tree Lighting    
  Wednesday, December 8 ---      5:00 p.m.
  Bronx County Building 851 Grand Concourse at 161st Street 
  To RSVP, please send an email to  or call 718-590-3522 
    The Cardinal Spellman High School’s Gospel Choir will play traditional holiday songs. 

3.- A Taste of the Bronx Food Show   
  Sunday, December 12 ---    5:00 p.m.
  Lehman Center for the Performing Arts 
  Following the Handel’s Messiah concert, taking place at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, the 5th Annual “A Taste of The Bronx” food show will feature some of The Bronx’s most popular eateries in one room for concert goers to enjoy. 
  They will be able to sample the cuisine of top Bronx restaurants, some of them celebrated by restaurant critics and featured in dining guides like Zagat and Michelin.
  Admission to the food show is free with the purchase of a concert ticket at Lehman.  
  For further information and to find out how your restaurant can be part of A Taste of the Bronx, please contact Sara Monserrat at 718-590-2502 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Public Hearing Thursday December 2nd

    As it appeared in the City Record Monday November 29, 2010, there will be a Public hearing on Thursday December 2nd 2010 at 10AM in room 915 of the Bronx County Building 851 Grand Concourse by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
    The matter of the public hearing is to an application submitted by the Department of City Planning pursuant to sections 197c and 201 of the New York City charter for an amendment of the Zoning Map, Section # 1D and 3C. The zoning changes will occur in Community Boards #7 and 12.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Riverdale Review Boycott?

    It appears that there is someone or some people who are participating in the above boycott who are leaving comments that have derogatory remarks. In the matter of the boycott of the Riverdale Review this blog and my column have taken an opinion that the whole matter is none of our business. While we may have some gripes with the owner of the Review, we also have some problems with the those tactics that are being used by the anti-Review people, such as the comments being left on this and other blogs. I have not seen any of those comments on the Bronx News Network blog, and why has Gary Axelbank not done a show about it.
    I will not get into the personalities of Mr. Andrew Wolf or Mr. Anthony Perez Cassino, whom this whole boycott seems to be centering around. If you want to comment on this post you may, however please do not put any links to biased opinions, or derogatory remarks as they will be deleted.