By Robert Press
Jeffrey Dinowitz in the South Bronx?
I was hoping to have been back in print by now, but due to circumstances beyond my control there has been another delay. The target date now is early in March, as many of you have been asking when the new Bronx County News would be coming out. All I can write is please have patience, and you will not be disappointed.
BJ's newest club store located at 184 West 237th Street (off Broadway) in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx had its preview showing, and is now open for business. You can check this blog archive for photos of the new BJ's
Sunday is 'NO PANTS DAY', and if you are riding the subway you probably will see many people with and without their pants. If one really wants to see someone with their pants down, all one has to look is no further than City Hall. Mayor Bill de Blasio seems to be caught with his pants down on the issue of homelessness. The mayor now says that it was the problem of the previous mayor, but Bill de Blasio is now entering his third year as mayor. Also wasn't Bill de Blasio the previous Public Advocate before being elected mayor? He must be having memory lapses from that incident with the box truck in Brooklyn. Maybe Mayor Bill de Blasio should spend a night or two in a homeless shelter just to find out the conditions like Public Advocate Bill de Blasio did at a NYCHA housing project. Come to think of it things have not gotten much better at NYCHA under Mayor Bill de Blasio either.
While on the subject of politics, the more things change in Albany the more they stay the same. With a new Speaker of the Assembly and a new State Senate Majority Leader due to their former colleagues being convicted of corruption in office just when will there be reforms. How many more state legislatures will have to be indicted and convicted, and how soon will it take to get the much needed reforms in Albany.
Today was the 'Three Kings Day in the Bronx' by State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. It is the posting right before this one, and the photos will tell you the whole story. The only person missing in this event from Senator Diaz's previous event was New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox. It would have been nice for him to be on stage with Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. However the Republican Party Chairman's name did appear on the flyer for the event along with that of Bronx Democratic County Leader Marcos Crespo's name.
Another constant of both events was that Bronx Community Board #2 District Manager Rafael Salamanca was listed as a community leader in another political event for him in a public school as a candidate for the upcoming 17th City Council Special Election. I hear that troops from Riverdale had to be called out to help Salamanca in getting signatures in the South Bronx, and I wonder how late they stayed 'Out in the Hood'. More people that Salamanca will be beholding to, and I will have more on the record of Bronx Community Board #2 District Manager Rafael Salamanca in upcoming columns, with special postings of his probable conflicts of interest that the Conflict of Interest Board and Campaign Finance Board may want to know about. I don't expect candidate Salamanca to make it to the finish line.
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