Saturday, April 23, 2011

Open Letter to the Editors of the Village Voice

From Senator Ruben Diaz Sr

To the Editors of the Village Voice:
  When I read Steven Thrasher's column, Ruben Diaz Sr.: Gay Marriage Over My Dead Body, I realized that your point was not to explore the beliefs of people opposed to homosexual marriage, but to vilify my principled and vocal defense against attacks on marriage as we know it.
  When I read the comments posted online that followed your article, I considered that you or your editors have espoused an "at all costs" approach to achieving your goal of passing a gay marriage bill.  One reader, Wayne writes: " you wish, Mr Diaz.....I can arrange your final resting place in a local dump."
  Would the authors and editors at the Village Voice have been so quick to tolerate any comments hoping for the demise or imminent death of one of their favorite political leaders? Or perhaps their purpose really was to draw out and encourage criminal acts by your readers.
  If the "affront" to my personal safety wasn't enough, it was embodied in an article that was so poorly researched. The two factual errors come to mind: first of all, if as you say my chief-of-staff is gay, no one has bothered to tell her. Also, if any of your readers are interested in attending a counter-demonstration, they shouldn't bother taking your directions to gather at 181st Street expecting the end of our rally there, I and the thousands of New Yorkers who believe in respect for human life and sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman will be found praying near the Bronx County Courthouse at 161st Street and the Grand Concourse.
It's so sad to see people in journalism abuse their positions, but it's outrageous to see how the editors of the Village Voice use their editorial discretion to facilitate and encourage homicide.
Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz
32nd Senatorial District.
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Assemblyman Michael Benedetto
Treasurer of Bronx County Democratic Party

Lisa Marie Agosto-Soto • Organizational Award
Paul Spitaleri & Garrett Lane • Hospitality Award
SUNDAY •MAY 1,2011•1PM-4PM
MIRIAM SCHWARTZ  718-829-3041
JOSEPH A. MCMANUS   718-644-1841

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New tolls on the East River Bridges?

Here is the bill proposed by the five State Senators listed to the Assembly, and it is unknown who is the assembly sponsor if there is one. 

  New York State Assembly Logo Thursday, April 21, 2011

S04774 Summary:

BILL NO    S04774 

SAME AS    No same as




Amd S800, Tax L; amd S28, NYC Chart
Relates to eliminating the Metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax in certain counties and authorizing the imposition of certain bridge tolls by the city of New York.

S04774 Actions:

BILL NO    S04774 


S04774 Text:

S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 4774 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E April 20, 2011 ___________ Introduced by Sens. BONACIC, BALL, LARKIN, SALAND, ZELDIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Government Operations AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to the Metropolitan commuter transportation mobility tax and to amend the New York city charter, in relation to the imposition of certain bridge tolls THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 1 Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 800 of the tax law, as added by 2 section 1 of part C of chapter 25 of the laws of 2009, is amended to 3 read as follows: 4 (a) Metropolitan commuter transportation district. The metropolitan 5 commuter transportation district ("MCTD") means the area of the state 6 included in the district created and governed by section twelve hundred 7 sixty-two of the public authorities law, BUT EXCLUDING THE COUNTIES OF 8 DUTCHESS, ORANGE, PUTNAM, SUFFOLK, ROCKLAND, NASSAU AND WESTCHESTER. 9 S 2. Section 28 of the New York city charter is amended by adding a 10 new subdivision h to read as follows: 11 H. FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING AN ADDITIONAL STABLE AND RELIABLE 12 DEDICATED FUNDING SOURCE FOR THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY 13 AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES TO PRESERVE, OPERATE AND IMPROVE 14 ESSENTIAL TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN THE METROPOLITAN COMMU- 15 TER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT, THE COUNCIL IS AUTHORIZED TO ESTABLISH 16 TOLLS ON THE FOLLOWING BRIDGES OVER THE EAST RIVER: BROOKLYN, MANHAT- 17 TAN, WILLIAMSBURG AND QUEENSBORO BRIDGES. THE RECEIPT OF REVENUES GENER- 18 ATED FROM SUCH TOLLS, IS AUTHORIZED TO BE TRANSMITTED BY THE CITY TO THE 19 METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY FOR SUCH PURPOSES. IN THE EVENT 20 THAT ANY OR ALL OF SUCH BRIDGES ARE CONVEYED, THE DEED OF CONVEYANCE 21 SHALL INCLUDE A PROVISION RESERVING SUCH RECEIPTS FOR THE TRANSPORTATION 22 USES WITHIN THE CITY OF NEW YORK. 23 S 3. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08935-01-1 

Bronx Week 2011 Vendor Invitation

Bronx Week Festival
40th Anniversary
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Mosholu Parkway
The largest street fair & festival in the Bronx.  
An all-day celebration and concert draws thousands for the grand finale of the Bronx Week celebration, which marks its 40th anniversary this year.
All types of vendors welcome
For information and an application
Contact:  Freddy Perez 
In partnership with
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 In response to questions about the Requests for Proposals (RFP) for a Financial Advisor, Pricing Advisor and Swap Advisor released jointly today by the Comptroller’s Office and the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, Comptroller C. John Liu stated the following:

"New York City's ambitious infrastructure rebuilding plan requires billions to be raised in the capital markets.  These RFPs will allow new as well as established firms to compete for the City's business, ensuring that our taxpayers get the best deal with lower borrowing costs.  Moreover, opening the process up to competition may result in doing more business with firms owned by minorities, women and small NYC-based business, whereas continuing the same old non-competitive process guarantees the status quo.”
The existing Financial Advisor contracts had been extended multiple times without a new RFP being issued.
Deputy Comptroller for Public Finance Carol Kostik stated, “New York City benefits from a deep talent pool in financial services.  We manage a large and complex financing program, so we want the best and the brightest on our financing teams.  With these RFPs, firms can compete to earn a place on those teams.”
Two RFPs were issued today, one for Financial Advisor and Price Advisor, and one for Swap Advisor.  The RFPs will be used to hire advisers for the City General Obligation bonds as well as for the New York City Transitional Finance Authority, the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority, and the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Authority.

Croton Filter Project - Croton FMC Meeting Agenda

Croton Facility Monitoring Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 7:00 PM
DEP Community Office, 3660 Jerome Avenue, Bronx NY 10467

I Welcome Father Richard Gorman, Chair

II Consider, Adopt 3/31/11 Meeting Minutes CFMC Representatives

III Update on NYCDOHMH Rodent Index Caroline Bragdon, MPH

IV Update on Parks Design for Ft Independence Frank McCue, DPR
Park & JPR Jogging Path, Including Costs Mark Lanaghan, DEP

V Construction Update, Schedule & Costs Bernard Daly, P.E., DEP
& Upcoming Construction in Goulden Ave

VI Status of Force Main Design Lauren Competello, P.E., DEP

VII Current Report - Croton Jobs Mark Lanaghan, DEP

VIII Continued Discussion, Public Access to JPR CFMC Representatives

IX CFMC Discussion, Set Next Meeting CFMC Representatives

X Adjourn

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Curtis Sliwa to Have Prostrate Surgery

    Having been diagnosed over a year ago with prostrate cancer Curtis Sliwa tried a homeopathic and holistic regime that included vitamins and raw vegetables, but that apparently has not been enough to cure him. Silwa will undergo surgery Thursday morning at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Sliwa hopes to be back on the air within one week after the prostrate surgery. There is a possibility that old scar tissue from a gunshot wound Sliwa survived in 1992 could complicate the operation forcing Sliwa's hospital stay to be longer than he anticipates. 
    “I hear my enemies, The Gambinos are already taking action on the over/under and point spread of this occurring.” he said.

El Grupo Unidos, the organizing committee, which includes C-Town Supermarket, Health Plus and a variety of national vendors and local merchants, will hold its Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Belmont section of the Bronx – which holds one of the largest concentrations of Mexicans in the borough, on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

“You know it’s a great day when you witness residents from various cultures joining their Mexican neighbors in celebration,” said event organizer, Radame Perez.  “It’s a strong testament to the diversity of the Bronx.”

Over 3000 expected attendees will take part in the day-long event with live music, raffles, games, face painting, and receiving educational and promotional give-aways.   Participants will also enjoy the taste of Mexican culture with the best in Mexican flair, including tacos and fresh beverages of various flavors from pineapple to coconut.

“The Belmont neighborhood, which is the real Little Italy in the city, is truly a gorgeous mosaic in the Bronx, with Italians and Puerto Ricans, and Albanians and Mexicans,” said Perez.  “Each of us has something important to contribute.”

Cinco de Mayo is the traditional holiday that marks the triumph of Mexico over their French invaders on May 5, 1862. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 10am - 3pm
668 Crescent Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458
(Between Belmont Ave and Cambreleng Ave)


The Beginning of Events - Bronx Week
This Year The 40th Anniversary

These two items for Bronx Week came in from the borough president's office.

1.      As part of this year’s Bronx Week celebrations, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will be honoring Bronxites that are 100 years of age or older.  If you or someone you know meet this criteria and would like to participate in this event, please contact Larcenia Walton at 718-590-6248 or for more information.

 2.   Street vendors are invited to take part in the Bronx Week Festival on Mosholu Parkway on Sunday, May 22, hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.  Food, arts & crafts, and an all-day concert draw thousands to the site for the grand finale of the Bronx Week celebration, which marks its 40th anniversary this year. For more information and an application, please contact Sonia Malave at 718-590-3989.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bronx Week Promo

Here is Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. promoting Bronx Week which runs from May 12th to May 22nd.

Go to for more information.

Weekend Recap 

Hundreds of people attended the Neighborhood Festival sponsored by the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center on Saturday. Neighborhood residents and volunteers from the Horace Mann School are pictured here with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council member Oliver Koppell, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, and KHCC’s Executive Director Giselle Melendez-Susca.

State Senator Jeff Klein, Councilmember Oliver Koppell, and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, helped celebrate the opening of the new baseball season of the Wood-Lean Boys and Girls Club at Sean Healy Field in Woodlawn on Saturday. They are pictured in the attached photo with some of the future superstars.