Saturday, April 16, 2016
The main ballroom at Maestro's Caterers was filled to capacity as the 28th Annual New York Hispanic Clergy Organization Luncheon. Reverend Luis Serrano, Chaplain of the New York City Police Department; Dr. Ariel Torres, Member of Radio Vision Cristiana International Board of Directors; Reverend Dr. Feliciano Espaillat, Community Dentist and Pastor; Dr. Julio Wally, Pastor of the Iglesia Alianza Cristiana Ebenezer; and Reverend Francisco Peralta, Assistant Pastor of Heavenly Vision Ministry in Bronx County received Certificates, Proclamations, and Recognition during the luncheon.
Elected officials on hand included U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, New York State Comptroller Tom Di Napoli, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., New York State Assembly members Marcos Crespo and Luis Sepulveda, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, City Councilman Rafael Salamanca, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and the event was hosted by State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. The photos below will tell some of the story.
Above - You can see that the rom was packed for this event.
Below - New York State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx DA Darcel Clark, and Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Marcos Crespo pose for the cameras.
Above - State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. welcomes everyone to the 28th New York Hispanic Clergy Organization Annual Banquet
Below - While they may not agree on everything, there is no love lost between father and son Diaz.
Above - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer addresses the packed room.
Below - After giving his speech in english, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino then repeated it in Spanish.
Elected officials & community rallied against ‘secret’ proposal to locate new 2,000 bed jail in Bronx neighborhood
State Senator Jeff Klein and Councilman Rafael Salamanca joined community leaders and residents today to rally against a “secret” proposal to develop a mini Rikers Island in the growing Hunts Point community.
Two weeks ago, plans to locate new jail facilities throughout the boroughs, including Hunts Point in The Bronx, were reported. The proposal detailed closing the Vernon C. Bain Center barge. Currently moored in the area, the barge already houses approximately 800 inmates.
The new proposal would introduce a 2,000-bed adult jail to the area - more than doubling the number of inmates housed in Hunts Point.
While the de Blasio administration at first denied any knowledge of plans to locate new jail facilities to replace Rikers in communities across the city, including Hunts Point, a detailed 18-page document outlining plans for the possible facility was later exposed.
“The Hunts Point community has worked hard to develop their area, and a secretive plan to bring a mini Rikers to the area is simply unacceptable. An exposed document is not how this community should learn about a proposal that will impact their day-to-day lives. The Hunts Point community has its own vision for business, housing and growth. This proposal puts their vision behind bars. We should be focusing on the best way to fix Rikers, rather than on blindsiding our neighborhoods, ” said Senator Klein.
“While I understand that we need to make strides in improving corrections infrastructure, primarily Rikers Island, the solution is not building a new facility in the South Bronx. I’m incredibly concerned that it took a leaked document provided to a newspaper for this community to learn about a proposal to place a possible jail in Hunts Point. Enough is enough. This neighborhood is making positive strides and already has had its fair share of these types of facilities. South Bronx families deserve better,” said Councilman Salamanca.
“Building jails is a bad idea because it does not fix the problem. Hunts Point is resurrecting itself from a dark past. The community is against it,” said Bronx Community Board 2 Chairman Dr. Iam Amritt.
Above - It appears that State Senator Jeff Klein had to be called in to fught the latest City proposal to build a new 2,000 bed adult jail into the Hunts Point area where an 800 bed jail currently sits.
Below - Former Bronx Community Board #2 District Manager, and recently elected City Councilman (to replace the former Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo who resigned in December 2015) claims ignorance as to the sighting of the new 2,000 bed adult jail in his council district, and former community board where he was the District Manager.
In the background is a large fish company that is right across the street from the proposed adult jail site.
I was able to ask Councilman Salamanca about the power of the city council which seems to have diminished greatly under Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, after this project, the sighting of homeless shelters, The MIH and ZQA council approval over the opposition of the community boards, and the recent problems at the Kingsbridge Armory to name only a few. Councilman Salamanca could only say that he did not see any diminished power in the city council.
If so why was the community not notified Councilman Salamanca?
Wednesday, April 20
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Friday, April 15, 2016
The newest newspaper in the Bronx called the Bronx Voice has become available from Riverdale to Throggs Neck, to Bay Plaza, and beyond. Below is a photo of the premier issue front page of the new Bronx Voice which will become a weekly Bronx newspaper starting the first week of May. Did I forget to say that the Bronx Voice will be free newspaper full of what the Bronx readers want. No games, comics, or dull columns, The Bronx Voice will have Bronx Life and Bronx News.
Less than two weeks after the NYC DOT milled and then repaved Riverdale Avenue from West 239th Street all the way down the hill to West 239th Street there appears to be markings on Riverdale Avenue from West 238th to West 239th Streets. The photos below will show markings for gas and water line that are below the street as is done prior to any street construction.
It was said by Bronx DOT Commissioner at a public Community Board 8 Traffic and Transportation Committee meeting that the DOT was starting its yearly milling and repaving program because of the nice weather the New York City area was having. Unfortunately, it appears that construction may dig up the street that was milled and repaved two weeks ago in the near future as you can see in the photos.
Above - You can see just how fresh the repaving of Riverdale Avenue is at the intersection of West 238th Street, as the tar sealant still has not cured in place. Note the markings that have been placed on the newly repaved street.
Below - More markings show where placement of certain utility and water or sewer line are below the street level.
You can see the markings go up Riverdale Avenue towards West 239th Street where the repaving ends.
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“Bravo to Betting on Zero director Ted Braun and his team who spent over three years examining the financial harm inflicted on tens of thousands of Latinos across the country by multi-level marketing company Herbalife. Six months ago, my undercover research exposed Herbalife as a ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme where new recruits lured into a ‘business opportunity’ and wind up losing thousands of dollars. Legislation I recently introduced in the New York State Senate seeks to regulate multi-level marketing companies, like Herbalife, to prevent unsuspecting sellers from being victimized.
Shining the light on Herbalife and their deceptive business practices is incredibly important to me and this documentary, which premiered last night at the TriBeCa Film Festival, further vindicates my work protect victims by passing legislation. I hope that other regulators take this issue as seriously as Mr. Braun and I do.” Said State Senator Jeff Klein.
You helped us collect over 13,000 petition signatures, more than 10 times the amount needed to get on the ballot! I know how hard you worked to get us here, waking up early and staying out late. I am truly thankful. Because of your hard work, this campaign is off to a great start.
This is a big achievement and it will show everyone just how ready we are to win in June! But we are not there yet. I still need your help to knock on doors and make calls with me. If we all work together, we will win this primary and can begin the work of breaking down barriers and building a better future for everybody in the district.
Once again, thank you for your support. I'll see you out there.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016
The large gathering of School Safety Officers, and 52nd Police Precinct officers and detectives that converged on MS 80 shortly after dismissal meant there had to be something wrong at the school. It appears that at least two students got into some kind of altercation, and one student wound up being stabbed. The student who was stabbed was rushed to a nearby hospital, either North Central or Montefiore as police did not disclose which hospital the student was taken to.
In this photo you can see that there are surveillance cameras on the school corner, but it appears that the stabbing took place beyond the camera, but police want to look at the video to see if anyone is seen with the student who was stabbed before the incident.
This is the area where the stabbing occurred on the Mosholu Parkway Island opposite MS 80 at Van Cortlandt Avenue. Police are looking for any clues as to a struggle, and for the weapon that may have been used.
Above and Below - This officer is concentrating and looking to see if the weapon that may have been used either fell or may have been thrown down through the sewer grating.
“The newly released results of this year’s testing for Department of Education gifted and talented programs shows how much more work we need to do to make these programs accessible to all students, especially minority students. Far too few children in The Bronx are testing for these programs, and therefore many students are deprived of this option. Requiring all students in public universal pre-K programs to be tested for gifted and talented classes in the best way to ensure that more students have access to highest level of classwork, placing them on the path to specialized high school admissions and success in higher education.
“Today’s announcement that the Department of Education will open gifted and talented classes in the third grade in four districts that do not currently have such programs—including two in The Bronx—is a welcome one. The children of these districts deserve the same access as their counterparts in other communities, and I encourage parents in those school districts to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Parents in Bronx School Districts #7 and #12 can learn more about the new third grade programs by visiting: http://schools.nyc.gov/
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