By Robert Press
The Ides of March have passed, and March Madness is upon us. I would suggest that you check your brackets to see if you are still in the hunt to pick the winner of the NCAA Tournament.
It seems that Chancellor Carmen Farina and Mayor Bill de Blasio are turning public school lunchrooms into what looks like Sports bars by putting in as many as six wide screen televisions. In a recent visit to MS 80 for an event I found six wide screen televisions mounted on the walls, and one even had the Iowa - Temple NCAA game on complete with all the commercials. Is that any way to run a school Chancellor Farina or Mayor de Blasio. No wonder this is a failing school, or should we be state legislative correct and call it a struggling school. Any way you look at this it is a school where the children are failing and not struggling. This has gone on for much to long, and I hope to let the parents and community know that the mayor and his chancellor would rather have your children watching television complete with commercials rather than trying to teach them. I can only wonder if these young children are watching beer and other adult commercials that may come on at any time of the day.
On to local politics - With the endorsement of the Bronx Democratic County organization is that the final piece of the puzzle to a victory for current Assemblyman Keith Wright to replace Charlie Rangel in congress. The field is looking like the Republican Presidential race with candidates in the congressional race expected to drop like those in the Republican Presidential race. Who will be next to drop out of the race to replace Charlie Rangel? The other question is will State Senator Adriano Espaillat become a three time loser in this district.
Speaking of losers we should soon know just how much time in jail that former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will be serving as both are to be sentenced in early April.
As for the Democratic Presidential race - pack it in Bernie she already has the delegates to win, all you are doing is distracting her from who her real challenger is going to be. You were trumped when you entered the race.
Don't forget to check the archive section on the left of this blog for items such as the Community Board 6 - 26th observance of the Happy Land Social Club fire, Irish Heritage or Women of Distinction events by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. or the Bronx Chamber of Commerce to name only a few, and then there are the upcoming events by both and other such as the Bronx Jewish Project HOPE Passover Package Delivery on Sunday morning April 10th. There are also press releases by most of your local elected officials telling you of the job they are doing in office.
Lastly, I have been told by only one person that I picked on Assemblyman Jose Rivera last week. I thought I was going after someone else who I really didn't want to waste a whole column on, but I am being told that Assemblyman Jose Rivera's daughter the former Assemblywoman from the 80th A.D. has been making the rounds in the 78th A.D. where she is registered to vote. I guess I will have to find those old photos of her from her last election should she choose to run. Red seems to be Naomi's favorite color, right Anthony?
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